An Agreement like CEPA with Pakistan ?

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The Sri Lankan government is discussing with Pakistani authorities the possibility of signing a trade agreement similar to the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India.

Industries and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen said the government was holding discussions with the government of Pakistan to sign an agreement similar to the proposed CEPA with India.

The Minister made this comment in parliament recently in response to a question raised by DNA parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake whether the government was planning on signing trade agreements similar to the CEPA with any other country.

Mr. Bathiudeen observed that while the government has not arrived at a final decision to sign the CEPA with India, it was also holding similar discussions with Pakistan.