OPA worried about professional services agreement with India

Jan 27, 2015 (LBO) – The Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) in a statement yesterday said it was deeply concerned about Sri Lanka’s intended bilateral agreement with India named “Economic Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).”

“OPA with 46 Associations of professionals of the country, having substantial professional resources in the country in any discipline, is of firm opinion that it is absolutely unnecessary for foreign professional services to be allowed liberally in the country by such a bilateral agreement with any country,” the statement said.

“Such an agreement to bring foreign professional services to the country can be detrimental to the local professional resource base.”

Any organisation requiring to hire foreign professional expertise for a particular job function may be allowed on request on acceptable reasons for which no such bilateral country agreement is warranted, OPA President Prof. Rohana Kuruppu said.