As the Sri Lankan government works towards forging a series of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce last week called on companies to submit substantive inputs on trade policy matters so that the private sector can strengthen its representations with trade negotiators.

In a statement, the Chamber noted, “We have a unique opportunity to influence the trade policy process of the government; to channel industry views on trade liberalisation issues; identify concerns and new opportunities brought on by new agreements; and advocate for tackling key problem areas. The Chamber is keen to submit evidence-based, meaningful, and progressive recommendations to the government.”

Companies can now fill in a detailed questionnaire – available on the Chamber website – and take advantage of this important opportunity to have their say. Through these inputs, the Chamber hopes to influence the design of trade agreements that are forward-looking, that spur growth andcreate jobs.