Oct 23, Colombo: The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week inaugurated an innovation center created by Star Garments, a division of the U.S.-based Komar company in Colombo.
"American companies bring the best and highest standards of ethics, of design, of innovation, of technology, of responsible management, and absolutely cutting edge environmental responsibility," said Ambassador Keshap.
"There is so much we're doing together because we believe in what companies like Komar and Star, we believe in what all of the workers here, we believe in what the government and the people of Sri Lanka are trying to achieve."
The Ambassador said the United States is trying to ensure that prosperity through training programs on trade facilitation. "We're trying to make sure that our development partnership of 60 years continues to provide high-value advice and insight for the development of the Sri Lankan economy on transparency, rule of law, expedited shipping and training."
Ambassador Keshap commending Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the U.S. believe very much in the vision that the Premier and the President are trying to achieve for the country.
"We believe in what your voters have expressed as their vision of a democratic, peaceful, prosperous, happy Sri Lanka. A Sri Lanka with high quality jobs and prosperity for all of its people. A Sri Lanka that is at the hub of the entire Indo-Pacific."
Komar is a global leader in the design, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of apparel managing a diverse portfolio consisting of owned, licensed and private label brands.
Komar acquired Sri Lanka's Star Garment Group, which operates 7 manufacturing facilities and employs a team of over 6,500 associates in January 2016. Star Garment Group has a forty-year history in Sri Lanka and has long-term relationships with some of the best brands and retailers in the world.
Komar made significant investments in Sri Lanka to expand operations and drive innovation for its customers converting the Star's older, 90,000-square foot factory into a state-of-the-art Innovation Center. The center features a resource library, sample room, patternmaking facilities and design capabilities. In July 2016, Komar closed on the acquisition of an 8th factory to add to the Star Garment Group portfolio.