The government has embarked on a number of development initiatives to open up new doors for the country to make Sri Lanka an advanced economy in the world by adopting private sector-led, export-based, FDI-driven development strategy.
As part of this overall strategy, negotiations of free trade agreements with India, China and Singapore are currently carried out taking possible costs and benefits of such engagement into account through stakeholder consultation. In line with that, to raise the awareness and obtain inputs, stakeholder consultation meetings for industry chambers, professional associations and other stakeholders are regularly held in Colombo.
It has been identified the importance of raising awareness of regional level trade chambers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders about these trade negotiations and hence the Ministry Development Strategies and International Trade has decided to broaden the stakeholder consultation process to regional level.
Accordingly, the first regional level consultation meeting is organized in collaboration with Kandy District Secretariat, and will be held at its auditorium today (beginning 10 am).
These consultation sessions will be conducted by the members of National Trade Negotiating Team.