Dec 06, 2016

A ministerial position more powerful than President? Featured

A special Act has been gazetted to appoint a ministerial and an official position more powerful than the president to sign ITCA and other trade agreements, GMOA spokesman Dr. Samantha Ananda alleges.

Issued on the orders of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the gazette notification will give extraordinary powers to the two positions, he told the media.

Those powers include the collective powers of the cabinet, powers of ministries and state departments as well as powers of institutions such as the BOI, according to him.

Dr. Ananda requested President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate and take appropriate action, and also to grant the GMOA and opportunity to discuss the issue with him.

India expects no gain

Meanwhile, minister S.B. Dissanayake said today (06) that India expected no economic gain through the proposed ITCA.

Speaking at the opening of a trade fair by Divineguma Development Department at Battaramulla, he said what India wanted from the agreement was the regional leadership and security of the region.