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Sri Lanka gets EU council nod for GSP+,

May 11, 2017 20:10 PM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - European Union's Foreign Affairs Council has approved free trade benefits for Sri Lanka amid expanded freedoms granted by the state and rulers to citizens.

Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said the decision is likey to be implemented within two weeks

"Sri Lanka has ratified and implemented measures contained in a number of international conventions on human and labour rights, environment protection and good governance," a statement after a council meeting on foreign affairs and trade said.

"On this basis, Sri Lanka has become eligible to receive additional tariff preferences for sustainable development and good governance, in addition to the generalised scheme of tariff preferences benefitting to all developing countries."

Sri Lanka is a signatory the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but its citizen were denied freedoms usually available under the treaty.

Sri Lanka in general has a constitution that expands the power of the rulers, and undermines independence of the public service, giving room for arbitrary actions by the rulers, undermining justice and rule of law, for which there has been a clamour for change. (Colombo/May11/2017)


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  1. sacre blieu May 12, 07:13 AM

    Very good news. Now let us get the job done in all aspects and see justice is also achieved in every sphere of life. More so, it should be ensured that the workers also is benefitted with a good rewarded for their effort.Our country has been and is continuing to be targeted , both by internal and external criminals and fraudsters with all forms of anti-social activity and the government and law enforcement authorities should give it a more impacting attention.

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