CEPA was stronger than ETCA- Indian High Commissioner

Sunday, 06 March 2016 - 12:55


India’s High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha has replied to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Joint Opposition, over the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) between India and Sri Lanka.

Sinha told members of the Sri Lanka-India Society that he was surprised to come across Former President Rajapaksa’s statements in sections of the local press on the issue.

He said that it was the Rajapaksa government that held negotiations with India over the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

He described as quite amusing, the statements of members of the Joint Opposition, some of whom were Ministers during the Rajapaksa regime, when CEPA was negotiated.

Mr Sinha’s response was in the context of views expressed in certain quarters that the proposed ETCA would deprive job opportunities for Sri Lankans in a host of fields including information technology.


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