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Sri Lanka begins drafting free trade agreement with Malaysia
Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers have approved the starting of relevant negotiations for a free trade agreement with Malaysia, minister Bandula Gunawardena said.
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh discuss FTA, agriculture modernization, ferry and private investment
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe have discussed a free trade agreement, a ferry service, an agricultural modernization program, and encouraging private investment opportunities.
Free trade frenzy: the hidden costs of South Asia’s economic gamble
As debt pressures rise, South Asia’s economic strategies are increasingly revolving around FTAs. The frenzy, however, is not only reshaping the region’s trade dynamics, but also a wide array of national legal frameworks, from labour rights to agriculture policies.
Sri Lanka begins implementing Singapore free trade deal
Sri Lanka has begun implementing a free trade agreement with Singapore as part of efforts to improve market access, diversify market and draw investments, the island’s top trade negotiator said.
Sri Lanka awaiting RCEP admission mechanism
Sri Lanka has expressed its intent to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by lodging a letter of intent and engaging in discussions with member states in Jakarta. While Sri Lanka’s application is currently awaiting the development of an admission mechanism for new members, the country is actively pursuing membership in the world’s largest trade bloc to expand market access.
Indonesia, Sri Lanka launch preferential trade agreement negotiations
During the launch, both countries found the PTA to become a key building block towards a free trade agreement.
Sri Lanka and India negotiating on bilateral investment treaty: report
Sri Lanka and India is working on a bilateral investment treaty, a media report quoted High Commission Santosh Jha as saying.
China shows flexibility on Sri Lanka FTA after temporary halt: Chief Negotiator
China shows flexibility in resuming Free Trade Agreement talks with Sri Lanka after a brief halt, addressing disagreements on tariff lists and reciprocity. Sri Lanka, caught in a geopolitical tug-of-war between China and India, seeks foreign inflows amidst an economic crisis. The talks were briefly paused due to disagreements over tariff lines and liberalization.
Sri Lanka to join Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – President
President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced Sri Lanka’s upcoming participation in the RCEP, highlighting the benefits of connecting with the European Union’s trade system.
China – Sri Lanka FTA talks stall following disagreements
Talks between China and Sri Lanka on a Free Trade Agreement have stalled following disagreements on certain issues, including on the level of liberalization.
Srettha to pay visit to Sri Lanka to sign free-trade agreement
Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin is set to visit Sri Lanka to sign a free-trade agreement, marking Thailand’s 15th FTA and the first under Mr. Srettha’s premiership since August last year.
Sri Lanka cabinet gives ok to sign Thailand FTA
Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has given approval to sign a free trade agreement with Thailand, the state information office said.
Sri Lanka and Thailand set to sign landmark free trade agreement
Sri Lanka and Thailand are set to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on February 3rd, a strategic play expected to bolster bilateral trade to over US$ 1.5 billion. The signing ceremony will witness the presence of Thailand’s Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisin, on his visit to Sri Lanka.
Thailand forges ahead with free trade pacts to ignite economic growth
Thailand is actively negotiating 11 free trade agreements (FTAs) in a bid to expand trade, attract investment and bolster the country’s revenue streams. Thai government also plans to hold hearings among stakeholders to ensure advantages extend to the Thai population.
India takes cautionary stance amid Bangladesh-China trade bloc negotiations
India is evaluating the potential consequences before accelerating FTA negotiations with Bangladesh
Thai PM to visit Sri Lanka to sign FTA
Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) in February 2024 after the successful conclusion of the latest round of negotiations between the two countries.
Sri Lanka eyeing investment only deal with India, RCEP hits roadblock: President
Sri Lanka has started discussions on separate agreements on investment and trade with India and an attempt to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has been hit by a lack of rules to admit new members.
Sri Lanka, Thailand to sign trade agreement in February
Sri Lanka plans to conclude free trade agreement (FTA) talks with Thailand in December and sign a deal on Feb. 3, Sri Lanka’s cabinet spokesperson said.
India, Sri Lanka resume talks on economic, technology cooperation
After a five-year hiatus, India and Sri Lanka have re-launched talks on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement. The two sides held the 12th round of negotiations on the agreement in Colombo.
Sri Lanka looks to create more trade agreements with Asia
Sri Lanka is looking beyond strengthening ties with its largest traditional export destinations, the USA and the EU/UK, to deeper integration with South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia nations.