Draft of National Trade Policy given to GMOA

18 October 2016 03:53 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A draft of the much-awaited National Trade Policy had been given yesterday to the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) for their opinion, by International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama.

Calling a media conference at GMOA Head Quarters, Colombo, GMOA Spokesman Dr. Samantha Ananda said they were in receipt of the draft and that they had been asked to give opinion.

The members of the GMOA, who were surprised to have witnessed the draft of National Trade Policy as the first professional body, have asked more time from Minister Samarawickrama to study its pros and cons in order to present their stance on the draft.

The draft, formulated by a seven-member committee headed by international economist Dr. Ravi Ratnayake, provides a strategic trade policy framework for Sri Lanka, made from modern trade theory, new global trading environment and experiences of the countries that used trade as an engine of growth, development priorities.

It also outlined the economic agenda of the new government, availability of resources and socio-economic conditions of Sri Lanka, a set of sound trade policy principles, policy instruments, criteria for entering into trade agreements, the process and guidelines for policy and institutional coherence as well as an implementation plan with a set of immediate actions, the source said.

Dr. Ananda claimed that the draft was formulated by the same group of professionals, who were involved in drafting the ‘loss-making’ Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA) and they had no accountability and responsibility in the proper implementation of the national trade policy.

“Therefore, we propose Minister Malik Samarawickrama to appoint a Presidential Commission to constantly monitor the implementation of the National Trade Policy. He agreed with us and assured that he would inform President Maithripala Sirisena to take necessary steps,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Ranjitdea Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:49 AM

    What knowledge do they have to comment on trade. The minister seems to be disoriented.

    Ram Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:42 AM

    This will see the GMOA mafia opposing everything in the future and no government will be able to govern the coutry. Don't be surprised if they ask to see the Budget papers too!

    Anja Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:29 AM

    These gentlemen are scared by mind of loosing their via DM Android App

    bandara Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:46 AM

    Doctors are in the vehicle, land, medicine and all sort of other business now. Well, this makes sense!

    Thomas Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:07 PM

    These set of jokers have ruined the health sector & now want to get involved in the trade. via DM Android App

    usaguy Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:11 PM

    this is pure Buloney. why does the govt need GMOA opinion on trade will the govt seek the opinion of engineers or traders on health via DM Android App

    TONY Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:24 AM


    Selvyn Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:29 PM

    What does this Mafia know about trading stretegies. The only trade they know is selling the car permit via DM Android App

    Selvyn Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:33 PM

    Now they will go to the town bragging the state of prominence but this govt shows how they are people concern nation via DM Android App

    rasheed Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:57 AM

    Why GMOA, government is unfair, they should get the opinion from other Professional Body too.

    Yeti Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:24 PM

    Aiyo trade!!!

    predictor Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:50 AM

    GMOA the only professional body who expressed sort comesETCA from the beginning because it will affect every aspects of srilankan work force if it is not signed properly. via DM Android App

    Ash Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:11 AM

    medical officials should focus on their competency if not replace them with foreign labour via DM Android App

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