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GMOA demands to suspend the SLSFTA until Prez committee report 

Tharindu Chaturanga

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) requested that President Maithripala Sirisena suspend the implementation of the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) until the Presidential Committee to study the SLSFTA submits the relevant report.

“The committee is due to submit its report within the next two months,” GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge stated at a press conference today.

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed an independent committee to study and compile a report on the SLSFTA last Saturday. The committee is chaired by former Vice-Chancellor of the Colombo University Deshamanya Professor W.D. Lakshman.

Former Professor of Economics at the Open University Prof. Sirimevan Colombage, former Professor of Economics of the University of Kelaniya Prof. Ajitha Tennakoon, economic consultant Dr. Sanath Jayanetti, and former Assistant Governor of Central Bank R.A. Jayatissa are the members of the committee.

Singapore and Sri Lanka signed a free trade agreement on 23 January, seeking to deepen economic ties and facilitate greater trade flows between the two countries.