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Department of Commerce to launch Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal today

Minister Bathiudeen, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson, World Bank Senior Trade Specialist Marcus Bartley Johns and Sri Lanka DG Commerce Sonali Wijeratne
Minister Bathiudeen, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson, World Bank Senior Trade Specialist Marcus Bartley Johns and Sri Lanka DG Commerce Sonali Wijeratne

Sri Lanka will unveil one of the biggest initiatives in its international trade history when the Department of Commerce launches the World Bank supported Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal (SLTIP) today in Colombo.

SLTIP is to be unveiled by Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen, Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson, World Bank Senior Trade Specialist Marcus Bartley Johns and many top officials from the government. It is hosted by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the National Trade Facilitation Committee, and developed with support from the World Bank and Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka.

World Bank supported Trade Information Portals (TIP) across the world provide information that traders need to import and export goods, including information on permits, laws and taxes. TIP provides the much needed transparency which leads to lower trade costs and improved predictability, and it is a key objective of international agreements like the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The World Bank Group has supported TIPs in more than a dozen countries (Vietnam, was the last country to join, prior to Sri Lanka’s joining today) using a custom-built software platform.

“The portal will improve the predictability and transparency of the country’s business environment, and provide foreign and domestic investors with quick and timely access to trade rules and regulations. For the first time, the portal puts in one place laws, regulations, procedures and other measures affecting trade maintained by forty-two government agencies,” said DG Commerce Sonali Wijeratne.

“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.

“Trade is an important engine of growth for Sri Lanka and having fast and easy access to information on import and export procedures is crucial for traders and investors,” said World Bank Senior Trade Specialist Marcus Bartley Johns. “The portal is an essential piece of a larger, on-going effort by the government to enhance trade facilitation and attract foreign investments and the World Bank stands ready to continue to provide support to these important efforts.”


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