Members of the Young Lawyers Circle: “We would also like to tell the government to stop signing this agreement which could have a disastrous impact on the Sri Lankan workforce. According to the available details, the government was forced, at India`s request, to sign the agreement in secret. We ask that the government open an intellectual discussion on this agreement. As young lawyers, we demand that the government open the agreement to the people and consult professionals” The impact of the proposed agreement has been estimated at an increase in the common economy of $500 billion.  It has been compared to the economic union between the Northeast Asian countries, Taiwan and the People`s Republic of China, the Framework Agreement for Economic Cooperation, and both agreements share problems with the population of the island state who fear being underestimated by cheaper mainland workers.  In view of their particular interest in promoting such cooperation, both governments are prepared to regularly carry out a careful examination of the areas in which such cooperation can yield the best results. The Standing Committee shall be composed of senior officials and should meet at least every two years. It will be responsible for maintaining close links with trade and industry, while being a platform to resolve changes to the agreement. The two governments agree to promote technical cooperation between the two countries. The French Government will endeavour to intensify the efforts it has already made in this direction and to respond, as far as possible, to the requests of the Indian Government in this area, in particular as regards the provision of technical experts and possibilities. Scholarships for higher education and training in France. Geethanjali Natraj, Professor at the Indian Institute of Public Administration: “Given the proximity of these states to Sri Lanka, ETCA would benefit from Sri Lanka`s unique geostrategic location, located at the crossroads of major shipping routes.
ETCA would also promote regional integration and make Sri Lanka the geo-economic centre of South Asia.  OCMA Member Mr. Haritha Aluthge: “We have drawn attention to the type of harm caused to the Sri Lankan business community. . . .