Singapore and Sri Lanka are both keen to pursue a bilateral free trade agreement, ministers from both countries have said on Wednesday June 02).
The Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) is expected to comprise commitments in trade in goods, services, investment and government procurement, said Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry in a release on Wednesday.
"The SLSFTA will enhance economic flows by lowering barriers to entry and providing greater market access for both Singapore and Sri Lanka companies," said Minister for Industry S Iswaran at a business forum held in Colombo, capital of the South Asian island-country, on Wednesday.
In 2015, Sri Lanka was Singapore's 39th largest trading partner and bilateral trade amounted to S$2.05 billion. Exports to Sri Lanka totaled S$1.9 billion last year, while imports from Sri Lanka totaled S$146 million. Sri Lanka was Singapore's 29th largest export destination in 2015.