GSP plus in Lanka’s hands

23 April 2010 11:26 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By N. Parameshwaran

The European Union (EU) is of the opinion that the GSP plus issue is now in the hands of the Sri Lankan government and that Sri Lanka should implement all the conventions it is signatory to in order to regain the trade benefits.

The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Bernard Savage made these observations while speaking to a group of provincial journalists in Kandy this afternoon. The EU envoy also promised to increase aid to the war affected families in the North.

EU Member States had decided this year to temporarily withdraw with effect from August the preferential tariff benefits known as GSP+ granted to Sri Lanka under a special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance on the ground that there were `significant shortcomings’ in implementation of three UN human rights conventions by the island nation.

Responding to the development the Sri Lanka had expressed the hope that the EU and its Member States would, during the process of engagement, pay due attention to the manifold challenges yet faced by Sri Lanka, as a democracy that fought a decisive battle against terrorism and continue the concessions.  (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 12

  • Friday, 23 April 2010 03:03 PM

    are you guys crazy? Think rationally, we cant stand against the europeans coz it is there that are markets are. we need buyers simply

    Friday, 23 April 2010 03:14 PM

    Truly, we may not need the GSP+. (I am not 100% sure though). Even within the apperal industry, there are buyers like Victoia's secret, Banana Republic exclusively prefers SL kniting and they are really big. I don't think they need any GSP+ to come to SL garment factories.
    Outside Apperals, there are million other opportunities, we don't neeed to depend on some europian to come and tell us what to do.
    Hats off to manikesh Patel.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:21 PM

    You guys make it look like EU shoved it down your throats - and that after the Govt sent contingent after contingent with begging bowls as recent as last month! What hypocrites!

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:25 PM

    you left out "we are not part of this world"
    Frog in a well..comes to mind.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:42 PM

    Great comments of bravado by those not affected by GSP+ withdrawal. Do you fully know the repercussions the poor garment workers will face if GSP+ withdrawn. You will not suffer the consequences but only the poorer class will suffer.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:00 PM

    Just because the GOSL won the election, nothing is granted that easy. Please comply & get the GSP+ to save the jobs of garment workers.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:17 PM

    Don.t need GSP Plus...just stop the "plan economic system" and open Sri Lanka market with "free economic system"..!?!.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:32 PM

    You're wrong judge. We musn't be slaves to these Europeans. We can stand up on our 2 feet!

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:37 PM

    Lets show the Europeans that we can manage our affairs without their help - which is always with strings attached for their own benefit. You want to offer us the GSP - then go ahead; if you don't want to, then shove it!

    Friday, 23 April 2010 01:16 PM

    we have the same old politrickers in different ministerial guises, so we can hardly expect any major changes. Sorry to see M has got it all wrong.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 01:18 PM

    GSP +????????
    no thank you, you can keep it

    Friday, 23 April 2010 10:13 PM

    Don't worry! Prof. G.L. will use all his legal 'skills' and bring the EU 'to its knees'? Best of luck G.L.!

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