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Poor management and labor issues are bigger challenges for apparel exporters from Sri Lanka than the phase out of quotas for garments earlier in the year according to an NGO. Poor management and labor issues are bigger challenges for apparel exporters from Sri Lanka than the phase out of quotas for garments earlier in the year according to an NGO. Oxfam says around a third of factory closures in the last 3 years were once manufacturing apparels but these were unconnected to withdrawal of quotas.

Better management and labor practices could reverse this trend according to Oxfam.

A survey found that 15 factories employing 3000 people closed operations this year after the quota system that guaranteed minimum access to developed markets was lifted.

The survey by Oxfam, an NGO that is fighting for worker rights, however doesn’t conclude that all of these closures were a direct result of the removal of quotas.

Oxfam in an interim report says they are following up on the closure of up to 22 other factories.

The number that lost jobs could be much higher when all that is added up.

Poor countries were given apparel quotas that guaranteed access to markets