The government of Pakistan is a keen pursuer of bilateral trade and investment agreements. It has a full FTA with Sri Lanka (2005), a PTA with Iran (2004) and Mauritius (2007), Early Harvest Schemes with China (2005) and Malaysia (2007), and is part of both ECOTA and SAFTA. It is in various stages of FTA talks, or preparations for talks, with Brunei, Indonesia, Jordan, Thailand, Malaysia, Morocco, Singapore, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Canada, Switzerland, Indonesia, Nepal, China, Turkey and Russia (among others). In July 2006, it signed a Framework Agreement on Trade with Mercosur.

Negotiations on a US-Pakistan bilateral investment treaty, as a step towards a US-Pakistan FTA, have been quite controversial and are unconcluded. After talks restarted in mid-2010, a draft US-Pakistan BIT was sent for approval to Pakistan’s Cabinet in April 2012. The Pakistani government has already signed almost 50 BITs with other countries. In 2011 Germany ratified a BIT with Pakistan.

On a wider scale, there is talk of possible Pakistani FTAs with Afghanistan, Algeria, the EU, Japan, Laos, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Tunisia.

last update: May 2012


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  • 27-Apr-2016 Pakistan Observer Pak-Turk FTA talks focus on goods, services, investment
    Pakistan and Turkey started the second round of talks on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with special focus on goods, services and investment.
  • 30-Mar-2016 The Nation Pakistan, Iran agree to remove NTBs, start FTA talks
    Neighbouring country expresses desire to participate in privatisation programme
  • 23-Mar-2016 Business Recorder Pakistan, Turkey sign Framework Agreement for establishing FTA
    Pakistan and Turkey signed a Framework Agreement for establishing Free Trade Area (FTA) between the two countries to further boost bilateral trade and investment relations.
  • 16-Jan-2016 Sputnik Pakistan sends request to EEU on creation of free trade area
    Pakistan has sent another request to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) about creating a free trade area, Eurasian Economic Commission Trade Minister Andrey Slepnev said Wednesday.
  • 16-Jan-2016 Textile woes: PRGMEA expresses concern over EU-Vietnam FTA
    The Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has cautioned the government to address the issues of the value-added textile sector, as the continued drop in exports may further widen due to Vietnam and European Union’s (EU) Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
  • 15-Jan-2016 Free Trade Agreement with Thailand may not benefit Pakistan
    Experts have urged the government to complete its homework before engaging into the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand as, historically, FTAs have failed to usher favourable terms for Pakistan’s exports.
  • 20-Sep-2015 Pakistan-Korea FTA likely to be finalised by 2017
    A free trade agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and Korea is likely to be finalised by 2017, said a Korean diplomat.
  • 27-Aug-2015 The Express Tribune Pakistan wants zero tariff on 70% items
    In a bid to take advantage of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and China, Pakistani authorities have asked for zero tariff on 70% of its export items and has offered to give zero tariff on 40% of the Chinese items.
  • 18-Aug-2015 Pakistan’s FTAs have borne no fruit so far
    Express Tribune, Pakistan Pakistan’s FTAs have borne no fruit so far By Kazim Alam 10 August 2015 Developing countries sign free trade agreements (FTAs) with trading partners mainly to increase exports and create better-paying jobs at home. In Pakistan’s case, however, tariff revisions under FTAs have clearly not worked in its favour, numbers show. Pakistan has signed trade agreements with five countries, namely China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. “None of the major (...)
  • 13-Aug-2015 Pakistan, Thailand ready for FTA talks
    Pakistan and Thailand are preparing for a formal dialogue on free trade agreement (FTA) and in this regard a 19-member trade delegation headed by General Chatchai Sarikulya, Commerce Minister of the Royal Thai Government was visiting Pakistan.
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