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* Sri Lanka to open first garment factory in rebel stronghold
Tue, Feb 19, 2013, 12:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka will open the first garment factory established under the Northern Spring (Uthuru Wasanthaya) programme in the former rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi.

The Ministry said all arrangements are in place to open the factory within the next few days. Once opened the factory is expected to provide employment to over 2,000 youth in the region.

Colombo based MAS Holdings, a leading apparel producer, has set up the new factory in Kilinochchi as a part of its MAS Active group, the competition and casual sportswear and performance wear manufacturing arm, with the support of USAID organization. According to the Ministry, the MAS Active expects to produce about 100,000 garments pieces monthly and the employees are already receiving training.

Governor of Northern Province Major General (retd.) G.A. Chandrasiri has recently inspected the factory and the training process.

Kilinochchi was once the de facto capital of the LTTE with its own system of administration.

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