Latest Treaty Updates: Sri Lanka

Treaty Update: Fiji - Sri Lanka


According to preliminary media reports, Fiji and Sri Lanka began negotiations towards a DTA on January 22, 2015.

Treaty Update: Bahrain - Sri Lanka


The DTA between Bahrain and Sri Lanka will enter into force on July 11, 2014.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Poland


Sri Lanka's cabinet on June 6, 2014, approved the signing of a DTA with Poland.

Treaty Update: Singapore - Sri Lanka


Singapore and Sri Lanka signed a DTA on April 3, 2014.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Singapore


Sri Lanka's Cabinet on March 20, 2014, approved the signing of a DTA Protocol with Singapore.

Treaty Update: Belarus - Sri Lanka


Belarus on December 17, 2013, confirmed that it had completed its domestic ratification procedures in respect of the DTA signed with Sri Lanka.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Kenya


Sri Lanka and Kenya on December 14, 2013, agreed to launch negotiations towards the signing of a DTA.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Various


According to preliminary media reports, Sri Lanka initialled a DTA with Oman and a Protocol with Singapore on November 19, 2013.

Treaty Update: Cyprus - Sri Lanka


Cyprus and Sri Lanka have agreed to launch intensive negotiations to agree a draft DTA for signing during the three-day Commonwealth Summit scheduled to conclude on November 17, 2013.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Ukraine


At its meeting on September 18, 2013, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers approved the signing of a DTA with Sri Lanka.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Belarus


Sri Lanka and Belarus signed a DTA on August 26, 2013, following on from the completion of negotiations towards the pact on August 9, 2013.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Belarus


Sri Lanka and Belarus concluded negotiations towards a DTA during five days of meetings concluding on August 9, 2013.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Luxembourg


Sri Lanka and Luxembourg signed a DTA on January 31, 2013.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - India


Sri Lanka and India signed a new DTA to replace their existing pact on January 22, 2013.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Germany


Germany and Sri Lanka concluded negotiations towards the signing of a Protocol to revise the two countries' DTA on August 24, 2012.

Treaty Update: Finland - Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka's Ministry for Economic Development on July 17, 2012, announced that it has agreed to begin negotiations towards a revised double tax agreement with Finland in September 2012.

Treaty Update: India - Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka and India will soon sign a DTA, an official from the Sri Lanka government said on July 12, 2012, following approval of a draft agreement by Sri Lanka's parliament.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Palestine


Sri Lanka and Palestine signed a DTA on April 16, 2012.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Seychelles


According to preliminary media reports, the DTA between the Seychelles and Sri Lanka, which was initialled in December 2008, was signed on November 7, 2011.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Luxembourg


The Sri Lankan government has confirmed that the cabinet approved on August 3, 2011 the draft DTA with Luxembourg, which will now be presented to parliament for approval.

Treaty Update: Bahrain - Sri Lanka


According to preliminary media reports, Bahrain ratified its DTA with Sri Lanka on July 10, 2011.

Treaty Update: Bahrain - Sri Lanka


According to preliminary media reports, a Double Tax Agreement was signed between Bahrain and Sri Lanka on June 24, 2011.

Treaty Update: Sri Lanka - Luxembourg


The DTA affects taxes on income and capital.

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