PRESIDENTIAL EXPORT AWARDS TODAY  AT BMICH….
Posted on September 14th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

EDB invited me as a boat builder to the award ceremony today and watched how exporters of Sri Lanka Tea ,Apparel ,fish ,cineman,coconut shells ,Gems ,few rubber products flowers ,ornamental fish ,herbal products,gift items  etc etc garbbing gold plated awards .

Apparel exporters took the centre stage reminding me the days of Premadasa who had a vision to develop the industry many decades back ,and yet we are still talking about apparel exports  and giving awards .Singapore also started with apparel industry and small handicraft exports and moved to high tech and financial services during next few decades ,and yet we are still earning 1% of GDP from  exports .

 Brandix named Sri Lanka’s Exporter of the Year for 5th successive year

Government should now leave apparel industry to look after themselves and harness the export potential of software ,hardware and other high tech commodities

When you hear speeches given by Harward trained ministers and bureaucrats one can see that none of them have any vision .

I will not be surprised if a Manpower Export Agency will grab the gold award for exports next year and the government may not even grace the occasion !

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

One Response to “PRESIDENTIAL EXPORT AWARDS TODAY  AT BMICH….”

  1. Christie Says:

    Thanks Sarath. Taiwan was Garment exporter. When garment industry started in Ceylon most of the machines were used machines from Taiwan.

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