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Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on Friday said that a need has arisen to operate a permanent exhibition centre where manufacturers will have their own stall with required facilities to offer only Sri Lankan branded goods made in Sri Lanka of comparable quality with labels and a complete range of products from head to toe.

The centre will offer a meeting place for domestic and foreign buyers for on the spot purchase or placing orders for the domestic market.

“Therefore, I propose to assist this brand journey by establishing a wholesale and retail mall exclusively for domestic apparel brands as a Public Private Partnership at a cost of Rs. 2,500 million where the Government would offer a plot of leased land for the construction of a mall with a floor area of at least 400,000 square feet,” Karunanayake said presenting the Budget 2016 proposals.