Singapore PM to sign FTA with SL during visit

20 January 2018 03:15 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong would visit Sri Lanka on January 22 on a three-day official visit, at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday.

The Singaporean Premier will be received at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday morning with an official guard of honour and gun salute that will be followed by official bilateral discussions with President Sirisena.

A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed following bilateral talks.

During the visit, Prime Minister Lee will also meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discuss economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

The visiting Prime Minister is also scheduled to attend a Business Forum in which leading businesspersons and investors from both Singapore and Sri Lanka will be present.

The Ministry said that this is the first time in 13 years that a Singaporean Prime Minister undertakes an official visit to Sri Lanka.

  Comments - 7

  • Ceylon Saturday, 20 January 2018 03:50 PM

    Still peopke dont kniw the benefits from fta.imports and expirts tax free or just like indo lanka fta sone useless things no tax but all others tax.

    John Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:22 PM

    Free trade?Seriously, with the hefty taxes and charges that are levied on almost everything imported into Sri Lanka, in many case over 100%?Customs will find a way around that for sure.

    Maru Saturday, 20 January 2018 06:06 PM

    An extradition treaty would be beneficial in the future once Mahendran is sentenced

    Jaffna Man Saturday, 20 January 2018 07:30 PM

    Singapore has tremendous respect for Sri Lanka because of the legacy of the Jaffna Tamils who worked as civil servents and teachers in Singapore and Malaysia during the colonial era. That is why Tamil is also an official language in Singapore.

    Tourist Sunday, 21 January 2018 10:33 PM

    I was very curious for many years as to why an advanced economy like Singapore had allowed visa free travel to Sri Lankans . Now your comment explains it well.

    Mandy Saturday, 20 January 2018 08:26 PM

    Lets hope he will agree to extradite Mahendran as well to appear in our Courts.

    Rafeek muhammed Nifras Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:27 PM

    Well it will be a very meaningfull discussion lets move forward

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