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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  • 16-Jan-2016 FDIs Or Economic Partnerships?
    When talking of economic development, foreign investments could be easily defined as a major portion of the base foundation of a country’s economy. In the modern era, countries extend their partnerships with the counterparts by initiating various investment strategies and by opening up their local markets and industries for global investors.
  • 5-Jan-2016 Lanka Business Online Pakistan, Sri Lanka include services and investments in FTA
    Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to include services and investment chapters in the bilateral Free Trade Agreement.
  • 29-Dec-2015 China to have talks with Sri Lanka on FTA
    The Chinese Government says it will have talks with Sri Lanka next year on the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
  • 20-Sep-2015 Sri Lanka pitches for inking CEPA by next year
    Sri Lanka today sought finalisation of the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India by next year, saying it will significantly enhance two-way trade besides opening up new areas for economic engagement.
  • 2-Sep-2015 Colombo Page Private sectors of Sri Lanka, Pakistan urged to forge deeper links to boost trade
    Pakistan and Sri Lanka are important partners not only in promoting bilateral trade and economic interactions but also enhancing regional economic integration through SAARC and SAFTA.
  • 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".
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