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Some Interesting Facts about Sri Lankan Business Successes

Sri Lanka’s world class apparel industry:   Sri Lanka has a world class apparel industry servicing international brands such as Marks & Spencer, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Liz Claiborne, Next, Jones New York, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Triumph, Ann Taylor, Speedo, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Land’s End.   The product portfolio includes niche categories in casual wear, intimate apparel, active and sportswear and children’s wear.  Sri Lanka offers a full range of services from designing, fabric sourcing to washing, shipping and logistics.  These apparel companies create employment throughout the island, and are now opening factories in the post-conflict North and East.  These jobs are an enormous benefit to the people of these areas.  Several factories in the East have multi-ethnic work forces, and design the work groups so that people of different backgrounds work together.  For more information, please visit Sri Lanka Apparels, MAS Holdings, Brandix Group.

Sri Lanka’s niche in IT/BPO/KPO: Sri Lanka is developing as a center for delivering IT, business process outsourcing (BPO), and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) services with more than 300 IT and BPO companies and 60,000 people holding IT or BPO jobs.  The sector includes multinationals to local start-ups providing automated application testing and infrastructure outsourcing, high-end R&D, enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations, cloud and open-source applications, transcription services and call centers, complex financial research, and legal advice.  HSBC, IFS, Motorola, HP subsidiary MphasiS and RR Donnelley are among the companies with R&D, IT, or BPO centers in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan software powers world stock exchanges:  Sri Lanka has a small but a sophisticated software industry producing cutting edge software for global clients.  For instance, Millennium Information Technologies, headquartered in Sri Lanka, specializes in capital market software products.  These products cater to trading multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, forex, structured products and exchange-traded funds. MillenniumIT currently powers exchanges, depositories, brokerages and regulatory bodies in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.  Millenium IT is a member of the London Stock Exchange Group.

Sri Lanka is the world’s leader in industrial solid tires:  Sri Lanka is the current global market leader in industrial solid tires, supplying approximately 30 percent of the global market.  Sri Lanka’s success in the rubber industry is helped by its rank as the world’s 10th largest producer of natural rubber.

Sri Lanka is the world's biggest producer of cinnamon:  Sri Lanka is the world’s largest producer and exporter of “true” Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum).  Cinnamon grown in Sri Lanka, considered the best in the world, is now being branded and promoted as “Ceylon Cinnamon.”  Mexico is its main destination where it is drunk with coffee and chocolate and brewed as a tea.  Sri Lanka’s “true” cinnamon differs from the lower priced substitute product “Cassia.” 

Sri Lanka produces arguably the best fishing flies in the world:  U.S. Company Umpqua Feather Merchants, has a fly-tying factory in Sri Lanka, which produces world class hand-tied fishing flies.  Lanka Fishing Flies is the world's single largest producer of hand-tied fishing flies, and the world's largest producer of custom flies.  In addition to its high volume, Lanka Fishing Flies are considered the highest quality.  According to Umpqua's website, quality and excellence of each fly pattern take priority over the number of flies produced.

Sri Lankan agriculture companies supply US multinationals: One of Sri Lanka’s premier blue chip firms and a leader in the agriculture sector supplies product to some of the biggest US food companies such as McDonalds, Burger King and Subway.

Sri Lanka can be a gateway to the Indian market:  Sri Lanka sits next to world’s newest economic power--India.  Most exports from Sri Lanka qualify for duty free entry to India’s large and growing market.  Manufacturers in Sri Lanka, with 35 percent local value addition, enjoy these benefits under the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement.  Many Sri Lankan exports also enjoy duty free status or preferential tariffs in a number of key markets including the U.S. (under US GSP), EU (EU GSP+), Pakistan (Pakistan Sri Lanka FTA) and South Asia (South Asia Free Trade Agreement - SAFTA).  For more information please visit the Sri Lanka Department of Commerce or the Sri Lanka Board of Investment.

U.S. Supported Programs: Since 1956, U.S-supported programs have invested in Sri Lanka, working in varied sectors such as health, business development, agriculture and local governance.  U.S. Government assistance is over $ 2 billion.  USAID continues to support work on good governance, economic development, humanitarian assistance, and transition initiatives.



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