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By Jamila Najmuddin


A Sri Lankan delegation left for Brussels late last night in an attempt to renegotiate the GSP+ trade benefits and the discussions are scheduled to be held on May 20, Foreign Ministry sources told Daily Mirror online today

The Sri Lankan delegation consists of Foreign Secretary Romesh Jayasingha, Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundara, Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath and Attorney General Mohan Peiris.

The visit is the second to take place in months after the same delegation had visited Brussels in March this year to hold key discussions with the European Union in an attempt to regain the GSP+ which is facing suspension since August this year.

Meanwhile Lanka Business Online (LBO) qouted the EU envoy in Colombo as saying the European Union is likely to remain a lucrative market for Sri Lankan exporters with talks to extend a trade deal giving duty free access to Europe being positive.

"The European Union, I hope, I'm convinced, will continue to be a very lucrative market for Sri Lanka, generating profits and of course jobs not just this year, not just in the past, but very much in the future," Ambassador Bernard Savage said.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:16 AM

    i thought sri lanka is not begging from west for GSP, seems like these beggars have gone to beg, i hope these fellows don't get gsp+

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:17 AM

    Good luck!

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:18 AM

    During the election period the government told the people that they would never kneel down before EU to get GSP+ and Sri Lanka could progress without the GSP. However, Sri Lankan delegations have visited Brussels twice now to ask for GSP+.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:49 PM

    Maybe Mr. Bogls and family could also join, who knows?

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:18 AM

    show in action then go for GSP+, bare promises is not going to work out

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 09:49 PM

    First release General Fonseka and show the world that we are, at least, trying to correct something. The world is watching, but most Sri Lankans are living in a 'fool's paradise.'

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:11 PM

    Our foolish politicians made it very clear that they would not bow down to the EU's requirements, creating a nationalist sentiment that won votes. Now, these civil-servants have to do the damage-control ... what a joke this is!

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 11:50 PM

    The government said that it didn't need GSP+ and would not go after Western countries with a begging bowl. Of course they said it in Sinhala. I hope that both the Sinhala newspapers and electronic media give publicity to what is actually happening now.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:02 PM

    Enjoy the trip boys, Are you also taking your wives and families?.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:04 PM

    We are eternal beggars. But on stage we boast of" not bowing to anyone, Mainda Chinthana and Home grown solution" etc. How long are you going to fool the masses!!! Wake up Sri Lankans!!!

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:08 PM

    I recall once cabral said we are totaly fine without GSP+ and sri lanka is ready to go ahead without it. :P

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:26 PM

    One year on and it is a pity to note that you still cannot pick up the pieces and move on.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:47 PM

    Gone for begging, Our patriots may not like it. Our patriots are living in a fools paradise created by our great king.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:59 PM

    Another Jolly trip for the ministers and pocketting tax payers money. What a sad state of affairs

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:59 PM

    Have a nice trip guys. When you come back tell us about begium. Learn some flemish too.

    Beggars should not talk too much.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 01:26 PM

    The UPFA politicians roared mightily that we dont need any GSP+, and our naive voters keep swallowing it all the time. When will we ever learn ?

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 01:36 PM

    Mahinda & Ish I agree with your comments 100 %. I think they (SL) forgot what they commented before.....getting old I guess.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 02:28 PM

    Yes mahinda... why these "Proud Nation" beg? Tye the knot...

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 02:58 PM

    What are you saying, they are even begging from the diaspora!! This is what they call all fart and no s..t.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 03:02 PM

    Eu countries also like to have GSP+ but not showing the requirement and try to award after several conditions.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 03:27 PM

    OooooPs! Where is Cabrale who was boasting that SL can do without the GPS+, please take him so the EU will get belly full from our PUNDITHAYA.

    Wednesday, 19 May 2010 03:29 PM

    No GSP+ until war crimes issue is over. You can fool the local but not the international community


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