Only for competent expatriates, consultants, specialists and their relatives employed in liaison offices, branches or foreign companies, other commercial and commercial enterprises, taking into account the immediate benefits of these jobs related to export trade, technology transfer and improving the productivity of the economy, etc. Protect and promote Sri Lanka`s economic, trade and trade interests in multilateral for a, ensuring effective representation and participation in discussions and negotiations at all levels (i.e. decision-making and technical negotiations) within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in cooperation with like-minded WTO member states , to define common positions on issues of major interest to Sri Lanka. In addition to promoting direct resources, Sri Lanka encourages exports and trade liberalization. It enjoys a status of Generalized Preference System (GSP) with the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, Australia and Turkey and GSP status in the EU (see analysis). In addition, the country is a signatory to the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISLFTA), the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement, the Global System of Trade Preferences between Developing Countries, the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement and SAFTA. The Lanka-Singapore free trade agreement was also signed in 2018, but further changes are likely to be made before it enters into force (see analysis). While future trade and foreign direct investment are likely influenced by factors such as the slowdown in the Chinese economy and the trade war between the United States and China, changes in Sri Lanka`s domestic and economic landscape also play an important role in organizing the outlook for 2019-20. Elections are held in sight and the macro-environment is likely to lead to some fiscal easing as a result. Nevertheless, the government is committed to continuing its strategy of opening up the economy to international trade and FDI flows, while the NES brings together industry stakeholders to address a number of outstanding issues. Measures are therefore under way to reduce protectionism and develop the legal framework needed to stimulate trade, and Sri Lanka is expected to move closer in the coming years to its goal of becoming a regional trading and investment centre.