GSP+ Facility Before End Of 2016: Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe

Friday, 17 June 2016 - 14:35


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe making a special statement this morning stated that Sri Lanka will receive the GSP+ facility before the end of the year, as the fishing ban was lifted by the EU.

The Council of the European Union had approved lifting a ban on fisheries exports from Sri Lanka and the country is now working getting GSP+ trade benefits, Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe said.

The introduction of a more efficient control and monitoring system in Sri Lanka, and its assurance with regard to implementing the catch certification scheme, were also contributing factors, an EU council decision stated.

“We have been taking measures to get rid of this ban since President Maithripala Sirisena, first took office,” PM Wickremesinghe said.

Commenting on the GSP plus ban, He added that “Within a span of two weeks we will conclude our talks, following which a proposal will be handed over to Brussels. I have no doubt that we can achieve this as well.”

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