Docs press for national policy on trade agreements

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday called upon the government to formulate a national policy on trade agreements in accordance with recommendations made by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

GMOA Secretary Dr. Naveen de Zoysa said the WTO was in agreement with the National Collective of Professionals (NCP), of which the GMOA was a member union on the need for a national policy on trade agreements to protect interests of the two countries (Sri Lanka and India).

Dr. Zoysa said the union collective, which met on Tuesday (10) for discussions on the Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) had taken several decisions. The unions had information that the government intended to enter trade agreements with China and Singapore without any sense of responsibility.

He said the government, in a bid to distract public attention from the ETCA, was signing bilateral agreements with other countries. (DJ)

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