CEPA will not be discussed during PM’s India visit

RANIL_WICKRAMASING_2521384fThe proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Sri Lanka and India will not be discussed during Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India, the Government said today.

The Prime Minister’s office said that Wickremesinghe will discuss domestic issues as well as regional security with the Indian leaders.

Wickremesinghe will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, among others, during his visit which begins tomorrow, the Prime Ministers office said in a statement today.

This will be Wickremesinghe’s first official overseas visit since being appointed Prime Minister last month and the Prime Minister says he considers it important to visit India first.

Meanwhile, Minister of International Trade and Investment Malik Samarawickreme denied reports that the CEPA agreement will be discussed and signed during the visit.

The signing of the CEPA agreement has remained stalled over the years as both sides had failed to reach a consensus on some issues.

Samarawickreme said that before signing such an agreement there is a need to look at Sri  Lanka’s requirements today.

The Minister said that be it an agreement with India or any other country, the new Sri Lankan Government will ensure it meets the interest of the Sri Lankan people. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. CEPA with India using an open market or so-called free trade or finance or services to uphold values and regulations by UNP RW- Malik at against Sri lanka interest first.
    It must be sharply distinguished from using them to these values and rules of Indian on others.

    The World Trade (WTO) rule’s should not force Indian consumer goods that are produced and services that are produced in way that most or majority Sri Lankan find unacceptable.

    Neither should Indian required our nation to provide unhindered access to financial transactions that undercut our domestics production and its regulations.

    The Sri lanka should not allow the Indian to use trade sanctions or other kinds of pressure to alter the way that Indian go about their business in labor markets, environment ,politics or finance.

    Sri lanka have right to difference, not to impose convergence.
    Since 1977 UNP had bad track record of surrender the international agreements by passing our national interest 1987 Indo-Sri lanka accord was one of that .
    In fact proposed agreements CEPA is we cannot trust UNP policy is not procedural safeguard or calling for transparency, accountability, & evidence-based decision making —-that would enhance the principle quality of democratic consensus and deliberation by UNP- RW and Malik S……

    Our political fear is that arise that UNP ruling party now applying non democratic methods and most less permissive rules.

    We accepts that Democracy, Trade & investment after all is a global norm. It ought to be one of the cornerstone principle of World Free Trade.
    We want current Govt. of UNP that ruling party to honor to our citizens which dealing with India-CEPA.

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