May 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received the cabinet nod to establish mini garment factories in under developed provinces as a measure to empower the women in rural areas.
According to proposal made by the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen, the government will implement a program to establish 150 mini garment factories in selected districts including Eastern and Uva Provinces.
Under the program, rural women will be selected through a transparent method and the priority will be given to those who belong to displaced families and who became widows due to the war.
The selected women will be given training in tailoring by the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel while National Entrepreneurship Development Authority and the Industrial Development Board will train them in entrepreneurship development. Assistance in designing will be provided by the National Design Centre and the Jathika Shilpa Sabawa.
Sale of produced garments will be done by coordinating exporters and national level buyers at the rural level.
The program expects to encourage small and medium scale entrepreneurs in approaching the international market and provide job opportunities for rural women.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to implement the program to establish 150 mini factories of cooperative/joint ventures model with trained women in 2016 as the first phase.