Presentation of the Study on China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, spoke on the ‘Importance of FTAs for Market Access and Development’ at the Seminar on ‘Potential Sectors for Trade with China under a FTA’ organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held on 1st of September, 2014 at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. The Director General of Commerce, Mr. R. D. S. Kumararatne, presented his views on the proposed Free Trade Agreement between China and Sri Lanka. Dharshani Premaratne, Research Officer presented the ‘Key Findings of the Study on China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement’. The aim of the Seminar was to disseminate the research findings of the study conducted by the IPS and to provide a forum for discussion about the potential areas that need consideration under the proposed China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement. Around 75 participants from the government, private sector and the civil society were present at the Seminar. Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, and Nipuni Perera of the IPS also participated in the event. The finalized study report was presented to the Secretary to the Treasury, Dr. P. B. Jayasundara for consideration in the trade negotiations.