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BIT of no use if FTA between Pakistan, US not signed
The signing of Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) will not bear fruit without signing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and United States of America (USA).
Domestic manufacturers concerned over reduction in tariffs
Domestic manufacturers are having nightmares as the tariffs of imported finished goods from South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) member countries would come down to five percent from the next fiscal year, while the duties on raw materials used to produce same products remain much higher, an official said on Saturday.
Pakistan now ready to engage with EU on GSP plus, FTA: Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan is now ready to engage with the European Union (EU) on Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) plus and a Free Trade Agreement.
Huge potential exists in Indian market for Pakistani items
Indian market has huge potential for Pakistani items, but experts are discussing India’s import impact on domestic economy, ignoring the potential of services sector exports to that country, according to speakers of a seminar on Thursday.
Bilateral trade: Pakistan, South Korea reiterate ties
Islamabad and Seoul can raise bilateral trade up to $3 billion, for which both governments should expedite negotiations to sign a free trade agreement and encourage the visit of business delegations and exhibitors from either side, said a press release obtained from the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Thursday.
Pakistan puts tariff, trade barriers on the EFTA table
An official delegation of Pakistan led by Secretary Commerce has discussed tariff preferences and reduction of non tariff barriers with the officials of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member in Geneva.
’Now the agenda will be driven by businessmen: Commerce secretary’
Almost a year after he visited Pakistan to lay the foundation for a change in trade relations between the two neighbours, commerce secretary Rahul Khullar tells Sidhartha things have moved faster than anticipated.
Pak-US investment treaty draft sent to cabinet
The draft of the Pak-US Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) has been sent to the Pakistani cabinet for approval, official sources told The News on Monday.
Financial services to be kept out of SAFTA talks: Government
The government has decided to exclude financial services from the SAARC agreement on trade in services, following strong objection from the Reserve Bank of India, or RBI. The central bank has argued that India has already allowed access to foreign banks under the World Trade Organization agreement.
India, Pakistan to start discussions on import duties cut
India and Pakistan will soon begin discussions on a preferential trading arrangement to lower import duties on an array of goods. The talks will be held under ambit of South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) signed eight years ago between member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a senior Indian official said on Saturday.
‘Time is ripe to finalise Pakistan, Morocco FTA’
Pakistan and Morocco should finalise Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as it is conducive to enhance overall trade, which provides comprehensive and legally binding protection to foreign capital, repatriation of principal amount and the profits.
Turkey’s steel exporters stress PTA/FTA
Though trade agreements like Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) or Free Trade Agreement (FTA) are yet to be signed Pakistan and Turkey despite the claims from both sides for the last eight or so years, visiting Turkish steel exporters have stressed the need for just such agreement in order to boost bilateral trade.
Pak opens door to all Indian products
The Federal government’s decision to liberalise trade with India and cabinet approval to eliminate negative list by year end are going to open country’s doors to Indian products whereas Pakistan has nothing significant to export India except raw gypsum, salt and dry fruits.
Pakistan, GCC negotiating Free Trade Agreement: Dr Asim
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain on Thursday said that the Pakistan-Qatar Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) would provide an excellent opportunity to enhance economic and trade relations between the two countries.
Indonesia offers market access to 216 tariff lines
Indonesia has agreed to offer market access to Pakistan for 216 tariff lines on preferential rate under the Preferential Trade Agreement which was signed in Jakarta on Friday.
RI, Pakistan to further expand trade deal
Indonesia and Pakistan signed a preferential trade agreement on Friday in a bid to boost bilateral economic cooperation and are expected to expand the trade deal into a free trade agreement in the near future.
Heart breaker: US says Pakistan cannot offer much in free trade
The United States has said that a free trade accord is too big for Pakistan as there is no match between the economies of the two countries, says a top official of the commerce ministry.
Pakistan keen to move towards FTA with Thailand: Gilani
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday said Pakistan was keen to move towards a Free Trade Agreement with Thailand and stressed focussed talks for increased bilateral trade between the two countries.
Shaukat Aziz not optimistic about free trade with US
Pakistan’s former finance and prime minister Shaukat Aziz is not optimistic about a free trade agreement with the US saying that even when Congress was very friendly, they couldn’t get things through.
Pakistan, Indonesia to sign PTA this month
The signing of the Preferential Trade Agreement by Pakistan and Indonesia is expected this month and will lead to a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries