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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
Photo: Sri Lankan engineers’ association

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.
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 – 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.
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 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.
Sri Lanka to sign FTA with Malaysia in February
Sri Lanka will sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Malaysia when President Ranil Wickremesinghe visits the country in February, said visiting Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.