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Next round of ETCA negotiations set for next month
The key objective of ETCA is to resolve the implementation issues on the existing free trade agreement with India.
Australia, Sri Lanka sign trade and investment framework agreement
The arrangement will establish regular senior officials’ talks to facilitate trade and investment.
Taking a closer look at ETCA
If one analyses the costs and benefits then it isn’t that difficult to realize that ETCA is a decision by one country and the other is just obeying.
Sri Lanka to sign FTA with Singapore in October
Sri Lanka is likely to sign a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore in October as the island country looks to attract more foreign investments
Sri Lankan industrialists worry over China trade deal, cess removal
Sri Lankan industrialists have voiced concern over a proposed free trade agreement with China and government plans to reduce import tariffs that protect them, saying they feared they might not be able to compete.
Sri Lanka signs deal on Hambantota port with China
Sri Lanka has signed a $1.1bn (£837m) deal with China for the control and development of the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota.
Singapore and Sri Lanka committed to concluding FTA talks by end-2017
Both Singapore and Sri Lanka are committed to concluding negotiations on a free trade agreement before the end of the year, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Colombo.
Bangladesh confirms Sri Lanka FTA to be signed this year
Dhaka has been negotiating the FTA with Colombo since 2013 to increase trade now worth $80 million every year.
Sri Lanka, China conclude 6th round negotiations
Sri Lanka is closing in on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China after ending the sixth round of negotiations on trade in services with senior officials hopeful that the deal could be concluded soon.
Sri Lanka-Thailand reach consensus on FTA
Sri Lanka and Thailand have come to a consensus on a free trade agreement covering trade in goods. The MoU will be signed in August.
Proposed Sri Lanka-Malaysia FTA advances into scoping stage
Discussions on the proposed Sri Lanka-Malaysia free trade agreement have advanced into the scoping stage.
India, Sri Lanka slip on oil, trade deals
Commerce Ministry officials continued their three-day talks on the ETCA to iron out differences on the upgraded Free Trade Agreement of 2000 to include services, investment and technological trade.
Under the radar: Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next great game for China, India and Japan?
Sri Lanka expects to deepen existing FTA with India and to sign a FTA with Singapore and another with China. Sri Lanka also hopes to talk to Japan, Indonesia and other ASEAN countries with regards to FTAs.
Lanka worries about Indian ‘Trojan Horse’
Fear of economic domination by the ‘Big Brother’ has replaced the earlier fear of political and military dominance.
Sri Lanka aiming for China trade deal in 2017, official says
Sri Lanka aims to finalise a free trade agreement (FTA) with China later this year, said the country’s ambassador to Beijing
Trade pact: India, Sri Lanka to iron out differences in services, rules of origin
With China too eyeing a similar agreement with Colombo, New Delhi aims to sign expanded FTA this year.
Fonterra welcomes new trade talks with Sri Lanka
Fonterra has welcomed the announcement that New Zealand and Sri Lanka will progress discussions on new trade and investment opportunities.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka to consider free trade agreement
New Zealand and Sri Lanka will open diplomatic posts in each other’s nations and are considering a free trade agreement
Commission proposes reinstating Sri Lankan trade concession
The European Commission proposed that the bloc reinstates a trade concession to Sri Lanka as an incentive to the government to promote human rights and good governance.
Sri Lanka seeks tripartite arrangement for trade and investment with India and Singapore
Sri Lanka is keen to establish a tripartite arrangement for trade and investment with India and Singapore, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Harsha de Silva has said.