Colombo Page | 23 January 2018
Singapore and Sri Lanka sign free trade agreement
Sri Lanka and Singapore signed a Free Trade Agreement on Tuesday (Jan 23) deepening the economic ties and facilitating greater trade flows between the two countries.
The signing of the Free Trade Agreement took place following the bilateral discussions between visiting Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s Media Division said.
The Singapore Prime Minister arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for a three-day official visit on an invitation extended by the President.
The Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and Minister for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore S. Iswaran signed the Free Trade Agreement on behalf of the respective Governments, in the presence of President Sirisena, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Under the FTA, Singapore and Sri Lanka companies will gain greater access to each other’s markets across many sectors, Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said.