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|Indian parliamentary delegation to visit Sri Lanka|
The delegation to arrive in the Island on MondayA delegation of six Indian parliamentarians will visit Sri Lanka between April 8 and April 12. They will also visit Colombo and Jaffna during the trip, which is being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
The members are likely to meet senior Ministers and political leaders. “The MPs will also visit Jaffna to look at work on projects supported by the Indian government, particularly the owner-driven housing initiative,” said the High Commission.
Meanwhile, trade relations seem poised for improvement, with India recently facilitating greater import of garments from Sri Lanka. In August 2012, Sri Lanka requested that the condition on sourcing of fabric be removed to enable an increase in export of duty-free apparel. Now, a total of 8 million pieces of garments can be exported to India duty-free — under the terms of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement — as against the earlier quota of 5 million.