Stakeholder Consolation on Exporter’s Perspective on Accessing Chinese Market and Non-Tariff Measures


Speaking at the event IPS Executive Director, Dr. Saman Kelegama emphasized the importance of addressing the non-tariff barriers together with tariffs when negotiating the China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement, drawing upon lessons from the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement. In this regard, he stated that “Non-tariff barriers should be identified at the onset and binding commitments should be made for their reduction and elimination.”

The main findings of the study were presented by Dharshani Premaratne and Nipuni Perera, Researchers working in the IPS International Economic Policy Unit. Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, Research Fellow and Head of the International Economic Policy Unit, shared some of the findings of the previous study carried out by IPS to identify the potential exports from Sri Lanka to China under the proposed free trade agreement. Among those present at the meeting were representatives from Department of Commerce, Export Development Board, and the private sector.

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Barriers Beyond Tariffs: NTBs in China
Dharshani Premaratne Nipuni Perera Janaka Wijayasiri