The governments of Canada and India are negotiating a ‘Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement’ which they seek to conclude in 2013. By May 2012, five rounds of negotiations had taken place. This agreement is wideranging and negotiations have included rules of origin, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and trade in services, including temporary entry for business persons, telecommunications, and financial services. According to unnamed official sources, India is likely to exclude an investor-state dispute clause in its FTAs.

last update: May 2012


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  • 17-Feb-2016 Embassy Canada re-opens investment talks with India
    Canada’s government has officially re-opened negotiations with India over a bilateral investment treaty the two sides nearly agreed upon almost a decade ago.
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