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Swiss trade deal: Is India changing its tune on pharma patents?
Intellectual property protection for the Swiss pharmaceutical industry has been a key sticking point in negotiations on a free trade agreement with India. Now there seems to be a breakthrough in talks after 16 years. What’s changed?
Thorny clause in ripening India-European Free Trade Association deal may hit generic drug industry
The clause in the draft free trade agreement text could delay access to affordable, generic versions of patented drugs in India by a minimum of six years, according to documents.
Modernisation of the EFTA–Chile free trade agreement conclusion of negotiations
A chapter-by-chapter factsheet by the EFTA Secretariat.
Switzerland and Norway could invest $100 billion in India
Ties are getting stronger between India and some European economies in the form of a new free trade agreement and enormous investment plans.
India seeks service inclusion, investment commitment from Switzerland in EFTA trade deal
India and EFTA have held negotiations on several chapters including trade in goods & services, intellectual property rights, investment promotion and cooperation, rules of origin, trade facilitation and trade and sustainable development.
EFTA updates free trade agreement with Chile
The countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member, and Chile have concluded negotiations to modernise their free trade agreement.
Thailand and EFTA expect to wrap up free trade agreement by year-end
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on Wednesday met with the president of Switzerland, Viola Amherd, to discuss a free trade agreement between Thailand and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Both parties are determined to have the deal finalised by the end of the year.
India, European trade bloc close to inking deal after 16 yrs of talks
European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the four-nation trading bloc comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, is close to signing a trade agreement with India.
EFTA and India meet in Delhi for 21st round of negotiations towards a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement
Delegations from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and India gathered in Delhi from 8 to 13 January 2024 for an intense 21st round of negotiations towards a trade agreement.
Majority of India-UK FTA issues either closed or at advanced stage of talks: Official
The discussions on the majority of policy areas in the free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK have either been closed or are in an advanced stage of negotiation.
Thailand forges ahead with free trade pacts to ignite economic growth
Thailand is actively negotiating 11 free trade agreements (FTAs) in a bid to expand trade, attract investment and bolster the country’s revenue streams. Thai government also plans to hold hearings among stakeholders to ensure advantages extend to the Thai population.
EFTA: Trade deficit, Swiss blanket removal of import duties to hurt India
The report by economic think tank GTRI said the trade agreement in the current format will not help Indian exports and will result in higher imports and wider trade deficit.
Logjam in negotiations between India and EFTA on free trade deal
Switzerland has expressed concerns in the latest negotiations on provisions related to mobility of Indian professionals and intellectual property rights. The four members of EFTA – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – have pushed for finalisation of the proposed Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) so that it can be signed before India begins the process for conducting a general election in 2024
India to receive Trade Ministers from Switzerland, Norway for ‘critical talks’ this week
Four-nation EFTA grouping of Nordic countries has stepped up trade negotiations; senior Ministry of External Affairs delegation visited last week
India and EFTA states conclude 20th round of trade talks
India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States, comprising Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, recently completed the 20th round of negotiations for a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA).
Malaysia is currently engaged in two ongoing FTA negotiations, says Tengku Zafrul
Malaysia is currently negotiating two new free trade agreements: the Malaysia-EFTA Economic Partnership Agreement and the Asean-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
More trade talks with Europe group
The Commerce Ministry looks set to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (Efta) in round 7, aiming to conclude the deal by mid-2024.
EFTA and Ukraine heads of delegation meet to discuss modernisation of their Free Trade Agreement
High-level representatives from the EFTA States and Ukraine discussed the way forward in the modernisation of their existing EFTA-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement originally signed in 2010.
Free trade agreements with the EU, UAE and Sri Lanka expected next year
Thailand is expected to finalise free trade agreements (FTAs) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the second and third quarters of next year.