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SL to receive uninterrupted GSP concessions from U.S.
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United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced yesterday that USTR has closed the Generalized System of Preferences country practice review on worker rights in Sri Lanka without any change to Sri Lanka’s GSP trade benefits. 

The action follows an interagency review of a petition filed by the AFL-CIO in 2008 alleging shortcomings in Sri Lanka’s recognition or worker rights.

Ambassador Kirk said that closure of the GSP country practice review of Sri Lanka was based on the Sri Lankan government’s noteworthy efforts to address worker rights issues over the past few years. 

The Governments of the United States and Sri Lanka will continue to engage on worker rights issues in the newly established Labour Affairs Committee of the United States-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Council.

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