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Switzerland ratifies EFTA-Georgia free trade deal
The new Georgia-Swiss trade relations will come into effect on May 1st 2018.
Swiss Prez to discuss trade pacts with PM Modi in Davos
The two leaders will also discuss, among other trade and business matter, the envisaged free trade agreement between India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member.
Philippines eyes more free trade pacts
Philippines’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is conducting internal studies and consultations on a possible free trade agreement with US. Philippines also hopes a substantial conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a renegotiation with Japan.
Duterte ratifies PH-EFTA FTA
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has submitted to the Senate for concurrence his ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between the Philippines and four of the world’s wealthiest states under EFTA (European Free Trade Association).
EFTA and Ecuador progress free trade talks
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – and Ecuador have concluded the fifth round of talks towards an agreement that will reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to bilateral trade.
EFTA states, Turkey close to concluding free trade deal
Delegations from the European Free Trade Association states and Turkey met in Ankara for the sixth round of negotiations on the modernization and expansion of their existing free trade agreement.
Pakistan, EFTA states agree to explore trade opportunities
Special note was made of suggestions to increase bilateral trade and investment between the two parties.
EFTA and Ecuador make progress towards FTA
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states and Ecuador held their fourth round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on October 9-13 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Gold duty cut may become a thorny issue in India-EFTA talks
Under a free trade pact, partners offer market access to each other by eliminating or significantly reducing duties with a view to promoting bilateral trade in goods.
Free trade talks with EFTA grouping hit IPR, services wall
Switzerland insists on intellectual property commitments beyond TRIPS.
India-European FTA talks this month
India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will meet this month in an attempt to conclude their long pending negotiations, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday.
EFTA and MERCOSUR hold first round of negotiations
After four days of discussions, the 1st Round of Negotiations between the MERCOSUR and the EFTA States on a Free Trade Agreement was successfully concluded.
Swiss envoy urges PH to ratify free trade deal with EFTA
Swiss Ambassador Andrea Reichlin has urged the Philippines to ratify the free trade agreement (FTA) with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in order for the deal to become enforceable.
MSF response on the India-EFTA free trade agreement negotiations in Liechtenstein this week
Through this deal, Swiss pharmaceutical corporations are working to erode India’s ability to produce and supply generic medicines for people across the developing world.
European Free Trade Association reports on trade talks
The European Free Trade Association, which comprises Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein, has published its 56th Annual Report, which includes details of the bloc’s free trade agenda.
EFTA and Turkey progress FTA update talks
Delegations from the European Free Trade Association member states met with counterparts from Turkey to discuss updating the existing EFTA-Turkey free trade agreement.
Indonesia-European trade talks on track; to conclude this year
Indonesia has said twelfth round of negotiations on forming a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with the European Free Trade Association are on the right track.
Switzerland wants stricter intellectual property rules in India that could harm generic drug makers
Switzerland is pushing for tighter patent protection, data exclusivity and dropping compulsory licencing under a new free trade agreement.
Leaked document: Note by Switzerland on India EFTA TEPA IP Chapter
In this note, Switzerland is proposing that India agree to broader patentable subject matter, particularly as regards biologic products.
India–EFTA trade talks may make medicines more expensive
MSF and civil society urge Swiss negotiators not to undermine the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’