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Led by a vision to elevate Sri Lanka’s cinnamon industry through  skills    development, a purpose-built Cinnamon Training Academy (CTA) was inaugurated last week to serve as a catalyst for heightened competitiveness in Sri Lanka’s cinnamon sector at a global level.

The proposed academy, which has been conceptualized in response to certain unfavourable developments in the industry, is a result of a unique public-private partnership between United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and World Trade Organization (WTO)’s Standard Trade Development Facility (STDF) project.

“Over the last two decades, the quality of Ceylon cinnamon exported from Sri Lanka has notably deteriorated coupled with the industry facing emerging competition, lack of workforce, quality issues and a threat of losing global market share. In order to tackle these challenges, the Cinnamon Training Academy  was set up to recognize, streamline and enhance skills of workers in the Ceylon cinnamon industry, so that the quality of produce is enhanced,” CTA Chairman, Sarada De Silva said at a press conference held last week.

He noted CTA will also serve to retain and attract more workers by promoting new job opportunities and enhancing working conditions through delivering systematic training with a nation-wide accepted certification, so that the workers too take pride in working for an industry which is an agricultural and economic mainstay of the nation.