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* PM assures Sri Lanka's job market will not be opened for foreigners under FTA with Singapore
Sat, May 19, 2018, 10:01 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said no professionals in Sri Lanka will lose employment opportunity or be denied justice and the country's job market will not be opened for any foreigners under the proposed Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement

The Premier gave theses assurances speaking at a meeting with a delegation from the Sri Lanka Institute of Engineers and the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects at Temple Trees on Friday (18).

At the meeting it was also decided to hold frequent discussions to resolve the problems and eliminate the misconceptions on implementing the FTA.

The Prime Minister asked the delegation to point out where the problems are in the FTA and the truth about the FTA could then be clarified.

The delegates also agreed to actively participate in monitoring the implementation of the agreement and emphasized that accordingly with the observations made in the process there is opportunity to periodically amend the agreement.

Joining the meeting Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema said the objectives of this agreement are to attract foreign direct investments to Sri Lanka and creative foreign employment opportunities for Sri Lankan professionals in other countries.

"It is a great opportunity for Sri Lankan companies to jointly venture with companies in other parts of the world," said Minister Malik Samarawickrama.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Development and International Trade Chandani Wijewardene, Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, N. M. Ranasinghe, officials of the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media and the Attorney General's Department were also present at the occasion.


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