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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


PM to visit Russia, may sign FTA
Pakistan agreed on Sunday to eventually sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Russia, as Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is set to visit the country soon.
Pakistan to hold talks with Sri Lanka over FTA
Pakistan is going to hold secret talks to make some changes in the existing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka, which has been operational since June 2005. Pakistan fears that under the FTA, Indian products can enter its market through Sri Lanka, particularly automobile parts.
Pakistan-US differences over BIT persists
Pakistan has asked the United States to sign the proposed Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) by dropping its demand that in case of an arbitration only the Washington based International Centre for Settlement of Disputes (ICSID) should be approached for a decision.
QIZ to be set up at Pak-Afghan border
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been informed that Pakistan and Afghanistan will soon submit a joint proposal for establishment of Qualified Industrial Zone at Pak-Afghan Border to export to the United States of America.
Pakistani delegation to leave for Singapore
A Pakistani delegation led by joint secretary ministry of commerce Shahid Bashir will leave for Singapore on Monday (today) to formally initiate 3-day technical talks on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on August 24, a senior government official told online here on Sunday.
PM calls for FTA with Bangladesh
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz emphasizing that Pakistan and Bangladesh have a common heritage and enjoy a special and unique relationship said that we need to work towards free trade agreement.
Pakistan and Singapore to hold talks on FTA soon
Pakistan and Singapore will formally initiate 3-day technical parleys on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on August 24, a senior government official told Online here on Thursday.
First round of trade talks with China from Aug 15
The first round of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and China is scheduled to be held on August 15 and 16 at Urumqi, China.
FTA to double Pakistan, Sri Lanka trade
With the start of free trade agreement between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the annual trade volume between the two countries was likely to double within the first year due to the increase in trade in tea, textiles, betel leaves and other items.
Pakistan, Malaysia likely to ink FTA in October
Pakistan and Malaysia are likely to ink a Free Trade Agreement in October this year.

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