Dec 02, 2016

US - SL experts gather to unleash Sri Lanka’s trade potential

The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Sri Lanka Department of Commerce held three seminars on trade policy with more than 70 key decision makers and technical experts from various Sri Lankan ministries, agencies, research institutes, trade policy think tanks, and Chambers of Commerce.

“Sri Lanka can count on the United States as a partner to help unleash the trade potential of Sri Lankan companies,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap.

Sessions over the three days covered skills development in quantitative trade policy analysis, a discussion of trade negotiation strategies, and a discussion of the potential for formulation of a Sri Lanka national trade policy.

“It’s nice to be surrounded by friendly faces as we have similar jobs, struggle with the same challenges and realize the value of trade,” said Katrice Kelly, Team Lead for Negotiations at the U.S. Department of Commerce at the International Trade Administration.

The three-day seminar also included experts from the U.S. International Trade Administration Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, the International Trade Centre (ITC), and World Bank. Sessions covered resources for market analysis, economic modeling, trade strategy development, and public-private cooperation.

“As public servants we’re committed to continual learning and consulting all stakeholders in formulating trade policy,” said Sonali Wijeratne, the Director General of the Sri Lanka Department of Commerce.

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