Over 200 Thai and Sri Lankan private sector representatives have gathered at the Renaissance Ratchaprasong Hotel in Bangkok for a seminar to strengthen trade ties through the anticipated Thailand-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The seminar, “Connecting Supply Chains, Laying the Foundation for Trade and Investment through the Thailand-Sri Lanka FTA,” was presided over by Deputy Minister of Commerce Napintorn Srisunpang.
Jointly organized by Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Trade, Commerce, and Food Security, the seminar focused on creating business networks and enhancing supply chain connectivity between the two countries. Experts from both the public and private sectors shared insights into trade and investment opportunities, fostering a deeper understanding of the business landscapes in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
The Thailand-Sri Lanka FTA is expected to significantly boost Thailand’s economy, with an anticipated increase of 4.13 billion baht, a rise in Thai investment in Sri Lanka by 1.91 billion baht, and an enhancement of Thai exports by 1.5 billion baht. Key benefiting sectors include textiles, automobiles, gems, electronics, and various service industries.
In 2022, bilateral trade between Thailand and Sri Lanka was valued at $358.21 million, with Thai exports accounting for $271.21 million. The first nine months of 2023 saw bilateral trade reaching $285.06 million, highlighting the growing economic synergy between the two nations.