With its strategic geographical location near the main international freight routes between Europe and Asia, and proximity to the two high-growth economies of India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka has become an attractive destination for foreign investment in Asia.
The government has been implementing measures to attract foreign investment, including the relaxation of its tax framework, eliminating some customs duties, and creation of free economic zones.
A member of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), Sri Lanka continues to focus on international trade: it has Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with India, Pakistan and Singapore, and it’s continuing to negotiate an FTA with China, its largest foreign investor followed by Hong Kong SAR, India and Singapore.
The nation’s recent focus on enhanced regional connectivity is also creating opportunities for global businesses, including in the construction of seaports, airports and power stations.
King & Wood Mallesons’ Sri Lanka CloudOffice builds on the firm’s existing experience in assisting international enterprises on the cross border elements of M&A, foreign investment, project development, finance, compliance and dispute resolution, which means we are well placed to help clients navigate the challenges and leverage the opportunities that cross-border trade and investment involving Sri Lanka have to offer.