Third round of Sri Lanka-Thailand FTA negotiations to kick off tomorrow


The third spherical of negotiations between Sri Lanka and Thailand on the proposed Free Commerce Settlement (FTA) is scheduled to be held on January 09 and 10 in Colombo, the President’s Media Division (PMD) talked about instantly.

Attended by 26 official delegates from Thailand, led by Ms. Auramon Supthaweethum, the Director Fundamental of the Division of Commerce Negotiations, the discussions will advance the federal authorities’s agenda of accelerating the market entry for Sri Lankan exports, the PMD talked about extra in its assertion.

Seven topics –commerce in gadgets, commerce in suppliers, investments, pointers of origin, personalized cooperation, commerce facilitation, and monetary cooperation could be the main target of the negotiations.

The start of the negotiations will occur in direction of the backdrop of a serious commerce imbalance in Thailand’s favour.

In 2021, Sri Lanka imported gadgets from Thailand worth USD 355 million, nonetheless solely despatched USD 59 million to Thailand.

Thus, from the angle of Sri Lanka, the negotiations will be aimed towards enhancing entry to Sri Lanka’s exports not solely throughout the Thai market however moreover in markets in numerous ASIAN worldwide places by Thailand’s gateway and decreasing current non-tariff commerce obstacles to commerce.

In step with market potential assessments, Sri Lankan exports of treasured stones, black tea, and totally different gadgets have a great deal of promise.

Sri Lanka is hopeful that by way of worthwhile discussions, doorways could also be created to provide options in every the model new industries and for the two nations’ current commerce frameworks.

The Nationwide Commerce Negotiating Committee (NTNC), whose members primarily characterize the Ministries of Worldwide Affairs, Commerce, Commerce, and Meals Security, the Division of Commerce & Funding Protection of the Treasury, and the Division of Commerce, will participate throughout the negotiations on behalf of Sri Lanka beneath the administration of Mr. Okay.J. Weerasinghe, Chief Negotiator, and the Presidential Secretariat.

Throughout the first quarter of 2024, the federal authorities plans to put this settlement into operation. The NTNC will give the exact requests made by the regional enterprise associations/chambers considerable consideration by way of the negotiations.

The federal authorities’s objective of coming into the Regional Full Monetary Partnership, which represents 30% of the worldwide inhabitants and financial system, will be superior by this settlement.

Since commerce is a improvement gadget that is associated to every worldwide places, the federal authorities of Sri Lanka is eager to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Thailand.

Thailand and Sri Lanka have formal diplomatic relations that date once more 68 years, and Thailand’s financial system was notably boosted by the quick improvement of manufactured exports.

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