“I am traveling to Brussels on Saturday to begin talks on restoring GSP plus,” Wickrememsinghe said at the inauguration of the World Export Development Forum in Colombo, Wednesday.
“Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were given GSP plus around the same time but we gave it up. Bangladesh kept it and experienced fast export growth.”
Sri Lanka submitted its application to the EU to regain its lost trade concessions, GSP plus mid this year. A visiting EU delegation in January this year highlighted that it would take a period of at least 10 months to regain trade concessions.
These trade concessions have been linked to the country’s compliance with human rights and labour rights conventions.