• 2-Sep-2004
    India’s US trade gamble

    Following a series of unpublicized negotiations with the US Department of Commerce, the Treasury Department, Department of State and the Pentagon, India feels the time has come for a comprehensive bilateral treaty with the US in the service sector.

  • 24-Aug-2004 Safeguards in FTAs sought
    India: Safeguards in FTAs sought

    India must incorporate special provisions for the chemical, petrochemical and textile sectors in its free trade agreements (FTAs) with other countries as a steady decline in tariffs in these sectors is exposing domestic players to unfair competition, says a draft report on FTAs prepared by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

  • 7-Aug-2004
    MNCs reworking India strategy

    Even though the finer implications of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand are yet to become clear, multinational players have begun reworking the economics of operating from India.

  • 7-Aug-2004
    More FTAs waiting in the wings - India

    The finalisation of modalities for implementation of the Indo-Thai free trade agreement (FTA) on Friday sends out clear signals that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is not averse to the idea.

  • 7-Aug-2004
    Indo-US FTA on services mooted; Govt yet to take view

    A free trade agreement (FTA) on services between India and the US could be on the cards, a move which can give a big leap to the country’s IT industry.

  • 7-Aug-2004
    Indian officials deny groundwork on FTA with US

    Commerce Minister Kamal Nath’s interest in entering into a free trade agreement (FTA) in services with the US may not prove to be a smooth affair. According to senior ministry officials, there are serious reservations, both within the US and India, over liberalising the services sector.

  • 30-Jul-2004
    India will review FTA’s, says PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday made his maiden foray into the foreign policy realm by announcing a review of the various Foreign Trade Agreements (FTAs) signed by the previous BJP-led NDA government.

  • 30-Jul-2004 We will take a re-look at free trade pact with Thailand: PM
    India to take re-look at free trade pact with Thailand

    India will take a hard re-look at the free trade agreement with Thailand which the Vajpayee Government initiated last year.

  • 19-Jul-2004
    India-Thailand FTA: More linkage sought in tourism, hospitality

    Bangkok and New Delhi are looking forward to developing further linkages in the areas of tourism and hospitality to widen economic co-operation under the Thailand-India bilateral free-trade agreement, according to high-ranking representatives of both countries.

  • 28-Jun-2004
    Kamal Nath to review FTAs, may change stance on rules of origin

    Commerce Minister Kamal Nath has put the proposed free trade agreements (FTAs) under the scanner amid fears that in many of the upcoming FTAs India might give away more than it would take, unless the country repositions its stance in many cases.

  • 18-Jun-2004
    FTA With Mercosur group shouldn’t hit domestic veg oil, food industries

    Ahead of India preparing to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Mercosur group of countries, the vegetable oil and food industries have cautioned the government to work out the arrangement keeping in mind the interests of domestic industry.

  • 28-May-2004 Rules of origin need proper perspective under trade pacts
    Rules of origin need proper perspective under trade pacts

    Rules of origin (RoI) are emerging as one of the most important issues in the context of preferential trading relations of a country. They are a set of instruments, a lack of consensus on which can, and have, delayed several agreements on trade.

  • 11-May-2004
    Dhaka, Delhi agree to map out product standards

    India and Bangladesh have agreed on a time-bound programme to recognise each other’s certification of commodities like food products, agro-products, textiles and leather, in a bid to remove a major non-tariff barrier in bilateral trade.

  • 11-May-2004
    India: New trade pact with Bangladesh ready

    The revised India-Bangladesh bilateral trade agreement is likely to be signed soon. The modalities for the agreement were thrashed out at a joint working group meeting of the two countries yesterday.

  • 11-May-2004
    India seeks to amend trade treaties

    India is seeking to amend bilateral trade treaties with foreign countries by diluting international protection agreements - a move which will provide the government respite against any international arbitration, a la Dabhol or Maruti.

  • 11-May-2004
    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) mulls FTA with India

    The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are exploring the possibility of signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with India, Commerce Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Ali Saleh Al Saleh, has said.

  • 11-May-2004
    SAFTA Is On Track, But FTA...?

    When the seven SAARC members signed the free trade agreement (SAFTA) in January 2004, there was some scepticism regarding its progress and implementation, given that SAARC itself had been mired under inter-state tensions.

  • 27-Apr-2004
    Laissez Unfaire

    At the risk of destroying local industry, India has to tread the free trade pact route.

  • 20-Mar-2004
    EU-India Cooperation Agreement (1993)

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