Written by Nathasha De Alwis
30 Jan, 2018 | 10:20 pm
The Singapore government has rejected a request from the Sri Lankan government for the movement of Natural Person (MODE 4) be completely opened under the Free Trade Agreement signed last week.
This move was revealed to the ‘Ceylon Today’ newspaper by internal sources of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade.
The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore had rejected Sri Lanka’s request as they were not willing to open MODE 4 with any country which sign a FTA with them.
Within this FTA, under MODE 4, only free advisory services have been opened up and even that has been opened subject to immigration and emigration laws of Sri Lanka which are being currently amended.
The details of the FTA with Singapore has yet to be revealed. A ministry spokesman said the FTA would be made available to the media at a seminar on February 9 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
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