- Calls on other export industries to assist at this critical juncture
The Prime Minister’s office in a statement said that the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) and the Sri Lanka Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products (SLAMERP) have been closely engaging with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Power and Energy to help resolve the current issues relating to the energy and transport sectors.
As the country is going through a serious crisis of shortage of foreign exchange, the two large export sectors of the country have come forward to support the needs of foreign exchange by directly surrendering export proceeds to the government to clear ships that are arriving with diesel, petroleum and gas to their best of abilities while continuing to increase exports and export proceeds, the PM’s office stated.
The two sectors, which bring in over $ 6.5 billion annually, have engaged its members to facilitate many transactions when requested by the Government. A spokesman for the PM’s office expressed gratitude to the industries that come forward to support these urgent needs, and requested the rest of the export community to take similar initiatives at this juncture to help the people of Sri Lanka with essential imports to carry on with daily life.
The statement said that the next few months will be critical, and the Government would seek more support from all export sectors, while the debt restructuring process is now going on.
JAAF Chairman Sharad Amalean
JAAF Secretary General Yohan Lawrence
SLAMERP Chairman Ravi Dadlani
SLAMERP Director General Rohan Masakorala