Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka, Rishad Bathiudeen says that cinnamon continues to be strong owing to 400,000-strong workforce and over 150 exporters.
He made this observation while addressing the conference “Future Trends in the Cinnamon Industry – Role of the Cinnamon Training Academy” held in Colombo with the participation of top industry leaders, producers and exporters.
The Minister also launched the Cinnamon Training Academy website at this event. The event also saw the participation of Deputy Minister of International Trade Promotion Sujeewa Senasinghe.
“Our Cinnamon Training Academy is the only such academy in the world. As we launch the Cinnamon Training Academy Web Site and witness the exchange of the industry MoU, let us also not forget the most important stakeholders of this sector,” he said.
“There are the more than 400,000 committed cinnamon workforce and 150 Lankan exporters of cinnamon. Thanks to their commitment today Pure Ceylon Cinnamon is a global brand,” the Mnister added.
Sri Lanka produces about 15,000 metric tons of true cinnamon annually and aims at $1 billion spice and cinnamon exports by 2020.