Sri Lanka, Thailand To Sign Trade Agreement

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Sri Lanka plans to conclude a free trade agreement, FTA talks with Thailand in December and sign a deal on February 3, Sri Lanka’s cabinet spokesperson.

Report says the island nation has been renewing a focus on trade deals to foster growth and help its battered economy recover from the worst financial crisis in decades.

“The agreement on the proposed Sri Lanka–Thailand Free Trade Agreement, SLTFTA will be signed subsequent to the completion of the rounds of discussions,” Cabinet spokesman and Transport Minister, Bandula Gunawardane told reporters at a weekly briefing.

Meanwhile, the countries’ two-way trade was worth about $460 million in 2021, Sri Lankan central bank data shows. Sri Lanka exports mainly tea and precious stones to Thailand and imports electronic equipment, food, rubber, plastics, and pharmaceuticals.

Sri Lanka restarted talks on an expanded trade agreement with India this month and has said it wants an FTA with Bangladesh and eventually wants membership in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which includes China, Japan, and South Korea.




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