GMOA happy with outcome of talks with Prez


by Dasun Edirisinghe

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday had said the proposal for formulating a national policy on international trading agreements was reasonable when he met the Executive Committee of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya told The Island last night.

He said the President had also agreed not to go ahead with international trade pacts without ensuring transparency.

"President Sirisena promised to make all international trade agreements public documents in future," Dr. Padeniya said noting that the GMOA was satisfied with the President’s approach to the issue.

The GMOA representatives met President Sirisena at his Paget road residence last evening to urge him to appoint a committee to formulate a national policy on international trading agreements prior to

signing the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India. Only President Sirisena participated in the discussion from the government’s side.

Dr. Padeniya said they had handed over a model gazette notification for the appointment of a commission to formulate a national policy and the President had agreed to study it.

President Sirisena had also agreed to review the ETCA draft and assured that he would not sanction anything harmful to the country, Dr. Padeniya said.

The GMOA President said they had also raised the issue of the Malabe Private Medical College (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine – SAITM) with President Sirisena at the meeting.

"We requested President Sirisena to intervene to have the SAITM taken over by the state," Dr. Padeniya. The President had said he thought it was a sensible suggestion, the GMOA President said.

He said President Sirisena had recalled that the SAITM had not confirmed to the Health Ministry requirements when he was the Health Minister.

Dr. Padeniya said President Sirisena had promised another meeting with the GMOA after studying all the issues raised by them at the meeting.

The GMOA President said they had also dispatched the model gazette notification to Prime Minister’s Economic Adviser Charitha Ratwatte’s office.

Rattwatte had promised a discussion with the GMOA after studying the draft gazette within couple of days, Dr. Padeniya said.


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