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Free Trade Agreement with China will not affect local industries says Minister

Sri Lanka's Minister for Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen on Monday reassured local industries they would not be affected by the proposed Free Trade Agreement with china. 

"The FTA with China will be designed keeping the local industry concerns in mind," Mr Bathiudeen was quoted as saying by Colombo Gazette as saying. 

“We will not allow local industries and employment to be hit by any Free Trade Agreements,” he said, added that discussions would be held with local industry leaders before any FTA was signed.