Professionals want govt. to consult them before inking pacts with other countries


by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The United Professionals Association (UPA) in a bid to provide its expertise Sri Lanka entered into agreements with other countries, has appealed to the government to consult them in the national interest.

Addressing the media on Monday (09) at the Organisation of Professionals Association (OPA) Joint Convenor of the UPA, Gamini N. Gunawardane said that during the last few years the professionals of the country had not been given the opportunity to provide their expertise in various fields.

 Gunawardane said such consultations were a national priority. Citing several bilateral agreements which the government hoped to ink with Singapore, Bangladesh, India, China and Japan to further liberalise trade in goods and services, he said that there should be transparency to ensure that no section of society was affected by it. "The best way to do so is by consulting professionals who have experience in those particular fields."

The Joint Convenor Gunawardena said that the UPA had requested an appointment with the President and the Prime Minister with a view to paving the way for a continuous dialogue with the government in the future. 

The UPA comprises 11 professional groups, which includes engineers, doctors, dental surgeons, lawyers, accountants and architects.


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