ETCA agreement to be signed despite opposition

dsc_4583The Government today announced that the ETCA agreement with India will be signed soon.

The announcement was made by Minister for Development strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema at a joint press conference with visiting Indian Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in Colombo today.

Nirmala Sitharaman visited Sri Lanka with the objective of enhancing and deepening bilateral trade and investment relations.

She discussed various bilateral trade and investment issues with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over an official dinner hosted in her honour.

During the visit, a meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Business Forum was held. Many issues relating to trade, services and investment were highlighted and it was agreed that their resolution be explored.

The Commerce and Industry Minister also had a bilateral meeting with a high level Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan delegation also included other Sri Lankan Ministers namely Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Sujeewa Senasinghe, State Minister of International Trade, Ajith P. Perera, Deputy Minister for Power and Renewable Energy and Ms Anoma Gamage, Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development.

The leaders expressed satisfaction on the progress of the proposed Economic and Technology Co-operation Agreement (ETCA) between India and Sri Lanka. It was noted that the Second Round of negotiations for the ETCA is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on September 29-30, 2016. The leaders also discussed several other issues related to bilateral trade and investment.

The deliberations were extremely cordial and marked by a spirit of mutual respect and understating that characterizes the strong and vibrant relations between the two countries.

The visit has emphasised the importance of Sri Lanka as an important trading and investment partner for India and would help in further deepening the existing bilateral relations. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. We, Sri Lankan are totally an opposed to ETCA ,the very reason is without broad consensus and deliberation with the concern parties by ruling UNP-leadership going to sing.
    The govt . has not listen to public opinion, as well as hence they not been fully explain to the public…of proposed agreement ? The proposed ETCA has not in Table to Parliament by UNP-ruling Party.

    India authority may be force to sing, as what they did in past -UNP like 1987 -Indo-Sri-lanka accord ( Rajva- Gandi-JRJ) by forceful manner.

    We are in unfevravouble Trade with India by FTA agreement sing by 1998.
    Since year 2000 Sri lanka has lost key access to Indian market by the cost of US Dollars are Billions.
    Sri Lankan businessmen has limited access to market of India has been neglected by current UNP-govt.
    The Trade anomaly has been widen with Indian is urgent matter has not yet been address by Ministry of Strategy and Investment of by Malik Samrawickrama.

    We Sri Lankan are really dishearten of that ETCA going sing so soon . That is not the interest of
    Sri Lankan.
    First and foremost, we want to review FTA between two countries. Review according to WTO is the guide line. We need fair deal of ETCA not soon ,it take more time to go into details. At presently we opposed sing of ETAC is not Nation Interest of our People,

  2. This is a evil curse on our nation to adopt bad backward Indian habits and Cruel ways. We all saw the ambulance service was introduced from India to Sri Lanka, A Good Idea but why not pay the extra money and got a better nation and get the service and Training. How many Lankan politicians do we know FLY to India for Medical Treatment? We have seen what a misrable failure the Indian Ambulance service is in India, Where People have died because they didn’t have the money to pay the ambulance and patients are thrown to the streets to die and have died. When a man’s wife had died the Service dropped the husband and the body at a road side, where the husband had to carry the body over 20km by foot. We dont need these kind of worse than third rate mindset introduced here.

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