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Sri Lanka, Pakistan talks to sort out trade issues

ECONOMYNEXT – Issues affecting trade between Sri Lankan and Pakistan, including a slump in betel exports from the island, were taken up in talks with with visiting Pakistani Federation Minister for Commerce & Textile Mohammad Pervaiz Malik recently.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said the aim of meeting by the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Business Council was to have an open discussion on the issues facing both exporters from Sri Lanka and importers in Pakistan.

President of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Business Council (SLPBC) Rohitha Thilakaratne drew attention to some of the hindrances facing exporters, a statement said.

These include improper use of FTAs, the recent slump in exports of betel products to Pakistan, recent issues in the agreement between the two countries on the import of Basmathi, non-tariff barriers, recent problem relating to phytosanitary regulations

Malik promised to look into the issues raised and ensure workable solutions acceptable to both sides, the statement said.

He also extended an invitation to the SLPBC to bring a delegation or exhibition which can help the objective of increasing trade of Sri Lankan goods in Pakistan.
(COLOMBO, February 06, 2018)

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