Invest in Sri Lanka
Invest in Sri Lanka

Foreign Investor Support

Sri Lankan government has already established a comprehensive Foreign Investment Support framework as well as a viable legal infrastructure to safeguard foreign investments and the interests & rights of foreign investors.
  • Safety of foreign investment is guaranteed by the constitution
  • Bilateral investment protection agreements with 28 countries and double taxation avoidance agreements with 38 countries.
  • Transparent and sophisticated legal and regulatory framework
  • Sri Lanka is a founding member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

Investment Protection Agreements & Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements

Bilateral Investment Treaties
Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements

Free Trade Agreements

Sri Lanka is the only country to have Free Trade Agreements with both India and Pakistan, giving duty free access to over 1.3 billion consumers from the island.    

Important Government Institutions

Sri Lanka Board of Investment

“Board of Investment” (BOI), who’s charter is to act as the official investment promotion and facilitation organization. The BOI is structured to function as a central facilitation point for investors.Companies or projects that are setup as BOI projects enjoy a wide range of attractive benefits including tax holidays, import/export concessions, foreign investment protection support, etc. Learn more at BOI website.

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

The “Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority” (SLTDA) is the primary government organization responsible for developing and promoting tourism sector in Sri Lanka. SLTDA is committed to transforming Sri Lanka to be Asia’s leading tourism destination. Some of its activities include:
  • Identifying and developing tourism related projects, products, and services
  • Formulating & implementing tourism development guidelines
  • Facilitating & implementing the legal and administrative process for tourism related projects, products, and services
Learn more at SLTDA website.

Sri Lanka Export Development Board

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), is the Sri Lankan government’s official organization for the development and promotion of exports. EDB’s primary objectives are:
  • Advising the Government on export policies to create a conducive environment for exports
  • Monitoring the performance of the export sector
  • Implementing programs to promote Sri Lanka’s export products and services
  • Facilitating and coordinating export development activities
  • Proving advisory services and information to exporters, manufacturers, and other stake holders.
Learn more at EDB website.

Sri Lanka Department of Commerce

The DoC is responsible for foreign trade policy formulation, coordination, and implementation, with the objective of developing and promoting Sri Lanka’s foreign trade relations at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.Learn more at DoC website.

Sri Lanka Securities & Exchange Commission

The SEC is responsible for:
  • Creation and maintenance of a market in which securities can be issued and traded in an orderly and fair manner
  • Protection of the interest of investors
  • Operation of a Compensation Fund to protect investors from financial loss arising as a result of any licensed stock broker or licensed stock dealer being found incapable of meeting his contractual obligations
  • Regulation of the securities market and to ensure that professional standards are maintained.
Learn more at SEC website.

The Colombo Stock Exchange

CSE functions as a market operator and acts as a clearing and settlement system facilitator. The CSE also oversees compliance through a set of rules, promotes standards of corporate governance among listed companies and is actively involved in educating investors. The CSE is a mutual exchange and has 15 full members and 13 Trading Members licensed to trade both equity and debt securities, while one member is licensed to trade in debt securities only. All members are licensed by the SEC to operate as stockbrokers. All members are corporate entities and some are subsidiaries of large financial institutions.Learn more at the CSE website.

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