Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has preferential and free trade agreements with India, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Singapore and Israel. It is currently in the processing of upgrading its agreement with India to a much more comprehensive one.

Sri Lanka is also party to SAFTA, the agreement on a South Asia Free Trade Area, as well as BIMSTEC, which aims to hammer out a regional FTA.

last update: May 2012


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  • 25-May-2015 The Nation Switzerland to upgrade existing trade agreements
    Switzerland has expressed interest to upgrade its Bilateral Investment Treaty with Sri Lanka.
  • 17-May-2015 SL-China FTA to allow skilled workers here
    A storm is brewing over renewed negotiation of the proposed Indo-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threw the ball in the Sri Lankan court saying India was interested in finalising this agreement.
  • 20-Apr-2015 Colombo Page Sri Lanka, Japan to link FTA this year
    Sri Lanka and Japan plan to formulate and sign a Free Trade Agreement in 2015, the Sri Lanka-Japan Business Co-operation Committee has announced.
  • 30-Mar-2015 The Nation India denies pushing SL to sign CEPA
    The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka last week denied reports that the country was pushing Sri Lanka to revive the much discussed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) solely due to the former’s interest.
  • 23-Mar-2015 Jagran Post PM Modi ’persuasion’ leads Sri Lanka to rethink CEPA
    In a surprise move, the new Sri Lankan government is bringing back the long-pending CEPA with India to the negotiating table after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s "gentle persuasion".
  • 13-Mar-2015 Business Standard India pushes for Comprehensive Economic Partnership with Sri Lanka
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured Sri Lanka that it will take steps to address the concerns arising out of the two-way merchandise trade between both neighbours even as he pitched for having a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
  • 2-Mar-2015 PTI Sri Lanka President says he dodged CEPA talks in Delhi
    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he deliberately avoided having Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India on the agenda during his recent visit to New Delhi.
  • 20-Feb-2015 Eurasia Review Sri Lanka completes feasibility studies for trade agreement with Bangladesh
    Sri Lanka says a free trade agreement between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh could boost current levels of bilateral trade by seven-fold and such a FTA is in the works.
  • 29-Oct-2014 Xinhua China-Sri Lanka FTA to be signed in June 2015
    The proposed free trade agreement between Sri Lanka and China is to be signed in June 2015, and not end 2014, Sri Lankan government officials have said.
  • 16-Oct-2014 Colombo Page US, Sri Lanka sign trade and investment agreement to boost bilateral trade
    Sri Lanka and the United States inked a joint trade and investment agreement on Wednesday in Colombo.
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