Bilateral Trade: Sri Lanka - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 28th February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Sheikh Lord Sheikh Conservative 2:45 pm, 28th February 2017

My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for his reply. Sri Lanka is expecting economic growth of 5.5% this year, and has signed free and regional trade agreements with other nations, with another under negotiation with China. Does the Minister agree that Sri Lanka should be an integral part of our global business strategy to approach new international markets? Will he consider the possibility of appointing a trade envoy for Sri Lanka and of sending a ministerial-led trade delegation to the country?