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Sri Lankan delegates visits FDDI
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Mar '09
A Sri Lankan delegation led by Mr. H M R B Herath - Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry Development/Chairman, Clothing Industry Training Institute (CITI), Mr. Asitha Senevirathne- Additional Secretary, Ministry of Industrial Development and Mr. Ranjith Hettiarachchi- CEO, DSI Co. Ltd., visited Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) on 24th February 2009.

"CITI desires to avail the services of FDDI for the purpose of footwear education and training activities, CAD-CAM & testing lab and consultancy services." Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI.

The Sri Lankan delegation was here for the final round of discussions regarding the technical assistance/collaboration seeking from FDDI for establishing the footwear institute in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI, said, "CITI desires to avail the services of FDDI for the purpose of footwear education and training activities, CAD-CAM & testing lab and consultancy services."

The delegation discussed the modalities in length about the facility, the infrastructure & services to be provided by institute in Sri Lanka with the Managing Director.

The Government of Sri Lanka had request to expedited actions in this regard at the earliest, since the footwear industry as well as the Ministry of Industrial Development wanted this project to be implemented in this year itself.

Earlier, a seven members delegation from Sri Lanka had visited FDDI on 4th of February 2008 in this regard and had expressed desire to have a footwear training institute in the pattern of FDDI at Sri Lanka.

"FDDI will help CITI in establishing its Design Studio equipped with complete CAD-CAM system and train its trainer in the relevant field so that CITI can provide the industry CAD services." Mr. Shashi Bhushan Shukla, IRS, Secretary FDDI.

Subsequently, experts of FDDI, after visiting the location in Sri Lanka had submitted the detailed project report to the Sri Lankan government which was accepted by them.

The footwear training institute of Sri Lanka will basically have three main components that are Design Studio or Design Centre, Laboratory & Training Department which will be under the CITI, Ministry of Textile Industry Development, Government of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Shashi Bhushan Shukla, IRS, Secretary FDDI, remarked, "FDDI will help CITI in establishing its Design Studio equipped with complete CAD-CAM system and train its trainer in the relevant field so that CITI can provide the industry CAD services."

FDDI is providing consultancy to the industry in all technical and design related areas and has earned good name for its technical expertise and knowledge at the international forum. Besides Sri Lanka, it is now providing consultancy to the Ethiopia, Kenya and other Asian and African countries for the growth of the leather sector.

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