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US aids development of Vocational Training Centers for garments
Sep '08
Demand for Sri Lankan garments worldwide is on the rise and the US is therefore lending its support to expand production by financing various Vocational Training Centers.

At the opening ceremony of the Vocational Training Center at Koggala, Mr Robert Blake, US ambassador made reference to the growing demand for Sri Lankan garments in the world.

The vocational training center cost Rs130 million with funds from USAID and which will also assist in building 10 more Vocation Training Centers in tsunami affected areas. Moreover, Mr Blake also affirmed US support in constructing the Arugam Bay Bridge which stands as a major infrastructure of the country.

Ministers Piyasena Gamage and Hemakumara Nanayakkara and the Habaraduwa SLFP Chief Organiser Chandima Weerakkody were among those present at the event.

There was another launch of the Vocational Training Center at Hikkaduwa, costing more than Rs100 million in the presence of Minister Piyasena Gamage and the US Ambassador. Mr Mohan P.De Silva, Southern Provincial Councillor was also present on the occasion.

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