COLOMBO, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- South Asia's largest textile sourcing show "Intex South Asia" got under way in Colombo on Wednesday, with many countries including China participating in the event.
The show was declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while several ministers and diplomats also attended.
Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka's apparel industry is important for the country's economy and also important for it to integrate with the global trading system and the rest of South Asia.
"Intex is the largest textile sourcing exhibition in the region," Wickremesinghe said.
"There are many opportunities in the value chain in the region that we have not taken. This type of events will lead to closer integration with South Asian countries."
Intex South Asia 2017 gathers over 200 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions including China, Thailand, the United States and Britain.
The event will showcase yarns, apparel fabrics, denim, accessories and allied services.