SL close to regaining GSP+ facility: EC

18 October 2016 09:52 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lanka has come very close to regaining the GSP plus facility which the country lost in 2010, European Council (EC) President Donland Tusk said on Monday when he met visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said Mr. Tusk had informed Mr. Wickremesinghe that the European Council was happy about Sri Lanka moving out of anarchy, dictatorship and ensuring good governance. Against this backdrop the EC Chief told the Sri Lankan Prime Minister that he would support the granting of the GSP plus facility to Sri Lanka

Mr. Tusk in his twitter message said EU was looking forward to strengthening bilateral and trade ties with Sri Lanka and would fully back the country on improving good governance and reconciliation.

The statement from the Prime Minister’s office said Mr Tusk has accepted an invitation extended to him by the Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka and that he would do so next year.

Mr. Tusk is also reported to have told the Prime Minister to focus on stopping illegal immigrants from leaving to Europe. The Premier had informed him that a task force to prevent illegal immigrants would be set up shortly and that it would be set up with the involvement of several ministries including Law and Order, Resettlement, Justice, Department of Emigration and Immigration and the European Commission. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Ahmed Wednesday, 19 October 2016 02:33 AM

    what are the benefits of GSP ?

    Thanos Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:56 AM

    So it is still not a done deal?

    Leo Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:09 AM

    Close is not good enough. via DM Android App

    dhanu Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:29 AM

    This is how typical western community treats most obedient administrations who fully comply with their agenda.

    Kaboos Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:03 AM

    Our prime minister will use sugar coated words to regain the GSP plus

    Jude Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:40 AM

    Good if SL get back the GSP Plus!!!?? The Irony of the whole issue is, when EU dealing with China there's absolutely no issues!!! EU and China bilateral trade surpass over Trillion Dollars for last couple of years!! Hence, the biggest in the trading World!!! Now everyone knows about China's human rights record!!! ?? What kind of Hypocrisy is this!!??

    Ash Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:01 AM

    How about making the country atmosphere better so that they dont even think of leaving and attract the diaspora to invest in SL via DM Android App


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