Govt ready to obtain views of opposition regarding proposed pact with India

By Saman Indrajith

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama told Parliament yesterday that the government was ready to obtain the views of the opposition parties on the content of the proposed Economic and Technology Corporation Agreement (ETCA) with India.

Responding to a question raised by Colombo District UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila, the Minister said the government would present its content to Parliament, intellectuals, professionals and the members of the business community. The agreement would be prepared in a manner favourable to Sri Lanka.

The Minister said that the ETCA would be covering both goods and services and the agreement would be finalised within this year. The agreement would be presented to Parliament.

He said countries such as Thailand and Malaysia were exporting goods and services to India of which the value was around five to seven billion in rupees, but Sri Lanka a close neighbour of India was exporting only goods worth around Rs 700-800 million per year. Sri Lanka should tap that potential, he said.

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