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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


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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh consider a free trade agreement
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have discussed signing a free trade agreement between the two countries
Third round of talks on ETCA to be held on Jan. 4 and 5
Negotiations have become tougher and tougher as both sides are keen on clinching a good deal without unrealistic compromises.