Opportunities for trade and investment expansion for Sri Lanka under SAPTA and SAFTA

papers and proceedings of the workshop held in Colombo on 29th August 1997

Publisher: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Colombo

Written in English
Published: Pages: 58 Downloads: 301
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Places:

  • South Asia,
  • South Asia.

Subjects:

  • Free trade -- South Asia.,
  • Investments -- South Asia.,
  • South Asia -- Economic policy.

Edition Notes

Statementeditor, S.S. Colombage.
SeriesFES publication ;, 30
ContributionsColombage, S. S., Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Sri Lanka), Coalition for Action on South Asian Cooperation (Sri Lanka National Chapter)
Classifications
LC ClassificationsHC430.6 .O66 1998
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 58 p. ;
Number of Pages58
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL158648M
ISBN 109556070249
LC Control Number99934321
OCLC/WorldCa41532483

The Commerce Secretary of India and Finance Secretary of Sri Lanka exchanged letters that operationalise the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA) between India and Sri Lanka signed in New Delhi on 28 December by H. E. the President of Sri Lanka and the Honorable Prime Minister of India with effect from 1st March [7]. Sri Lanka is a member of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA). Some Sri Lankan exports to the United States qualify for duty free-privileges under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which offers preferential duty-free treatment for up to 5, products (apparel products are. Regional Trade Agreements in South Asia: Current Outlook and Challenges Saman Kelegama SAFTA • SAPTA had 4 rounds during and the overall India-Sri Lanka Trade: Year Exports (US$ Mn) Imports (US$ Mn) Trade Balance (US$ Mn) Import/Export. As per ITC trade data, Sri Lanka’s Global imports in were USD billion and India was the top supplier to Sri Lanka accounting for % of its total imports. Much of this could be attributed to the various bilateral and regional trading agreements that India has signed with Sri Lanka in the past.

Recognizing the role of trade and investment flows in the process of regional economic integration, a trade block among SAARC members was created April known as SAPTA. Later on SAARC region was declared as Free Trade Area (FTA) and accordingly, SAFTA was formed on January 1, Merchandise Trade statistics data for Sri Lanka (LKA) including exports and imports, applied tariffs, top exporting and importing countries, effectively applied and MFN tariff along with most exported and imported product groups, along with development indicators such as GDP, GNI per capita, trade balance and trade as percentage of GDP for Most Recent Year. South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC, as it is known, is a region comprising of all the South-Asian nations or the subcontinent i.e. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the . “Opportunities for Trade and Investment Expansion for Sri Lanka under SAPTA and SAFTA Contact us: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka /20, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07 Sri Lanka. + + + [email protected]

Sri Lanka Customs, No, Main Street, Colo Sri Lanka. Tele: +94 11 Tele: +94 11 Tele: +94 11 Tele: +94 11 Tele: +94 11 Fax: +94 11 E-mail: [email protected] CUSTOMS INFORMATION CENTER: +94 11 Ext Sri Lanka’s Trade Agreements Sri Lanka is a member of two bilateral trade agreements (with India and Pakistan) and three regional trade agree-ments: South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) and Global System of Tariff Preferences (GSTP). Sri Lanka’s current trade agreements only cover trade in goods. The Dilemma of SAFTA and Beyond Economic Co-operation in South Asia: The Dilemma of SAFTA and Beyond A. Ganesh Kumar and Gordhan Kumar Saini 1 Introduction During last decade, the stalemate in multilateral trade negotiations under the framework Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ILFTA) that came into effect from 1 March

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The SAPTA aimed at promoting mutual trade and economic cooperation among the member countries through exchange of concessions.

However, the member countries recognized the need to progress beyond a preferential trading arrangement and move towards a higher level of trade and economic cooperation in the region. Hirantha () examined the trade creation and trade diversion effects of SAPTA with his study titled "From SAPTA to SAFTA: Gravity Analysis of South Asian Free Trade".

In that study a basic. A Journey Towards SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Area) By Mukesh Mishra Kathmandu, Nepal 1 Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising.

Sri Lankan proposal to establish the SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) by ; Recognising that a preferential trading arrangement is the first step towards higher levels of trade and economic cooperation in the region,Have agreed as follows:File Size: 57KB.

SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) The Agreement on SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) which envisages the creation of a Preferential Trading Area among the seven member states of the SAARC, namely Bangladesh, Butan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka was signed in Dhaka in April The Contracting States hereby establish the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) to promote and enhance mutual trade and economic cooperation among the Contracting States, through exchanging concessions in accordance with this Agreement.

Article – 3 Objectives and Principles 1. The Objectives of this Agreement are to promote and enhance mutual trade and economic cooperation among.

India-Sri Lanka FTA: Lessons for SAFTA Dushni Weerakoon* Jayanthi Thennakoon** the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA) – signed in December The report examines the nature and impact of regional initiatives under SAARC (SAPTA/SAFTA), and bilateral agreements, in particular the ISFTA.

The report is. in Sri Lanka. The Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) model is used to analysis the possible impact of SAFTA on Sri Lanka in a multi country, multi sector applied general equilibrium framework because the form of regional trade liberalization that Sri Lanka is considering is global in nature and has economy wide implications.

This Agreement shall supercede the Agreement on SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA). Notwithstanding the supercession of SAPTA by this Agreement, the concessions granted under the SAPTA Framework shall remain available to the Contracting States until the completion of the Trade Liberalisation Programme.

India‐Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement 3 potential to raise its attraction as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) on the basis of preferential access to the Indian market.4 Despite such perceived benefits to Sri Lanka, opposition to the agreement came from Sri.

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney in association with Honorary Consul Office in Brisbane organised the Sri Lankan promotional event in Brisbane from 3rd to 5th March Consul General, Mr.

M.H.M.N. Bandara accompanied by Consul (Commercial), Mr. Abdul Raheem visited Brisbane and had series of meetings with Mr. David Phipps, Director/ International Markets of Trade and Investment.

This Agreement shall supercede the Agreement on SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA). Notwithstanding the supercession of SAPTA by this Agreement, the concessions granted under the SAPTA Framework shall remain available to the Contracting States until the completion of the Trade Liberalisation Programme.

Article 23 Reservations. economic and political mandate. Members include Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan. Within the SAARC mandate, two South Asian agreements aiming at economic integration have been constituted, namely the South Asian Preferential Trade Agreement (SAPTA) and the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA).

Both. Indo - Lanka Free Trade Agreement. Sri Lanka and India signed a Free Trade Agreement in and the Agreement is now in operation. More than products can be exported to India on duty free basis when products originated in Sri Lanka.

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The report focuses on the trade relations between India and Sri Lanka, identify various challenges and a way forward to strengthen the existing trade in the coming times. The report also analyses. To give impetus to the Government of Sri Lanka’s New Economic Policy, “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing, under the Economic Diplomacy Program of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka, hosted “Think Investment: Think Sri Lanka” an ‘Investment, Trade and Tourism Seminar’ on 17 December Impact of the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement on the Sri Lankan Economy A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis June South Asia Economic Journal 9(1) Department for International Trade DIT provides trade and investment services and practical support.

We help UK companies succeed in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lankan companies set up and invest in the UK. TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SRI LANKA Sri Lanka’s exports growth has largely been under the ISFTA, whereas India’s exports have remained mostly outside the ISFTA. In average, over 70% of Sri Lanka’s exports to India continue to be under the ISFTA, while India’s exports to Sri Lanka under the ISFTA remains only around 25%.

Sri Lanka could. Economic Cooperation in South Asia: The Dilemma of SAFTA and Beyond. Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement has estimated the extent of trade prefer ence under all SAPTA rounds in.

The main statutory institution under the purview of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) is the key facilitating authority which caters to foreign investors who intend to set up investment projects in wide-ranging areas of manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors in.

It paved way to the Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA). Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka recorded strong export growth to the United States and the European Union markets.

Countries must continue with reforms The countries should seek to increase intra-regional trade in goods and services, investment, and. of Sri Lanka although there are annual fluctuations •Sri Lankas trade with India increased almost 11 folds since the ILFTA •Sri Lankan exports to India has grown faster than Indian imports to Sri Lanka •India has become the third largest destination for Sri Lanka exports after EU and US •India is the largest source of imports to Sri Lanka.

Regional economic policymakers believe that their countries have been missing out on the growth opportunities that East and Southeast Asia enjoy. Except for Sri Lanka, the economies of South Asia failed to liberalize their trade and foreign investment policies until the early s.

Saman Kelegama was the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) from until his sudden demise in He was a trade policy economist who also worked on industrial economics, public enterprise reform, and macroeconomics.

Sri Lanka is India’s largest trade partner in SAARC. India in turn is Sri Lanka’s largest trade partner globally. Investments in both directions have increased as well.

Indian companies have established a strong investment presence in Sri Lanka with FDI approvals of over $ million since Economic cooperation in other areas such as. South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) is a proposed “free trade area” between the original seven members of SAARC – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

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By the present Agreement, the Contracting States establish the SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) to promote and sustain mutual trade and the economic cooperation among the Contracting States, through exchanging concessions in accordance with this Agreement.

Weekly data of capital market indices of three countries (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) have been analyzed for overall () and two sub periods, (Pre SAFTA) and (Post. It is an abbreviation for the South Asian Free Trade Area. It is a proposed FTA between the seven members of the SAARC group.

These include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. What is its ultimate goal? It will replace the earlier South Asia Preferential Trade Agreement (Sapta), which was limited in its scope.COLOMBO, October 8, If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia.

Increased intraregional trade will provide a greater variety of goods and services at cheaper prices for Sri Lankan consumers, better access to.