Biz community in Sri Lanka seek transparency on US deal

The Ceylon Chamber expressed its concern with regard to the increasing levels of speculation among its Membership and society at large on the consequences surrounding the proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Agreement.

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya is the Chairperson of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

The Ceylon Chamber requested the Government of Sri Lanka to provide an enhanced level of transparency with respect to these agreements and their potential consequences and also to clarify the exact position with regards to the current status of the negotiations and/or execution of these agreements.

The Ceylon Chamber said it would also add value to provide comfort to key stakeholders and the public at large, that due process including the securing of policy and legislative approvals, has and will be followed with respect to the processing and execution of these agreements.

“While it is inevitable that differences in opinion will prevail, compliance with due process combined with a transparent process encompassing stakeholder consultation will ensure that the national interest is protected,” the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said.

The Chamber said that a commitment to transparency by all parties will ensure a fair and balanced discussion among relevant stakeholders on the merits of Sri Lanka moving forward with these agreements.

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