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* President presents awards at Sri Lanka Footwear & Leather Fair
Mon, Feb 11, 2013, 12:53 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 10, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the 5th Footwear & Leather Fair 2013 showcasing Sri Lanka's leather products and fashion footwear Sunday, the last day of the exhibition.

The 2013 fair organized by the ri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in Association with the Ministry of Industry & Commerce , Industrial Development Board (IDB), Sri Lanka Footwear & Leather Products Manufacturers Association opened on Friday (08) at the BMICH in Colombo.

The President also presented awards to the winners of the Design Competition organized to identify and encourage the young and upcoming designers and give recognition to them.

This years' Fair, which consisted of 214 trade stalls, also featured Best Stall Competition.

The fair showcased a wide range of shoes including fashion shoes, rubber boots, beach slippers, safety shoes, sports and canvas shoes etc. and high quality leather goods including leather gloves, travel bags, back packs, ladies handbags, jackets and small leather goods.

The fair was mainly aimed at giving recognition to leather industries locally and internationally under a 10-year plan of the government.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen, parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, and Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Commerce Anura Siriwardena also participated.

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