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Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal, which is one platform to get trade related regulatory information on import-export, was launched by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce on 20th July 2018. Hon. Buddhika Pathirana, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. K. D. N. Ranjith Asoka, Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ms. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General of Commerce, & Co-chair, NTFC, H.E. Bryce Hutchesson, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Ms. P.S.M. Charles, Director General of Customs, Chair, NTFC, Mr. Marcus Bartley Johns, Senior Trade Specialist, World Bank Group, Mr. Chris Lewis Jones, Team Leader, TIP Project, PM Group were also present to grace the occasion.

 

Hosted by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the National Trade Facilitation Committee, developed with the support from the World Bank Group and Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka, the portal is expected to help improving the predictability and transparency of the country’s business environment, by providing foreign and domestic investors with quick and timely access to trade rules and regulations. It brings the trade related regulatory information of forty-two government agencies into one platform for the first time in Sri Lanka’s international trade history.

“With the official launch and operation of the Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal, we hope that our business community and other stakeholders will be provided with a useful tool to find the information necessary to facilitate their import-export activities. The Department of Commerce, is committed to closely coordinate with the public and private sector as well as international organizations to ensure sustainability of the SLTIP,” said Commerce Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

SLTIP is the latest government initiative to increase access to information related to cross-border trade and to comply with the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. The portal will house existing trade regulations and procedures such as laws, administrative procedures, guidance notes, forms, licenses, permits, and applicable fees in English, Sinhalese, and Tamil languages.

“The Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal aims to change the country’s business environment. With access to the right information at the right time, local businesses can confidently venture into international markets and help Sri Lanka’s economy realize a prosperous future,” said Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson.

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