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Pakistan

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
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Pakistan wants zero tariff on 70% items
In a bid to take advantage of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and China, Pakistani authorities have asked for zero tariff on 70% of its export items and has offered to give zero tariff on 40% of the Chinese items.
Pakistan, Thailand ready for FTA talks
Pakistan and Thailand are preparing for a formal dialogue on free trade agreement (FTA) and in this regard a 19-member trade delegation headed by General Chatchai Sarikulya, Commerce Minister of the Royal Thai Government was visiting Pakistan.
Pakistan seeking trade agreement with Belarus
In a bid to give a boost to bilateral trade, Pakistani authorities have offered Belarus a preferential trade agreement
Korea, Pakistan likely to start FTA negotiations
South Korea and Pakistan are likely to announce negotiations to clinch a free trade agreement (FTA) soon, according to a source familiar with the issue, The Korea Times reported on Sunday.
Pakistan, Thailand to begin dialogue on FTA, says minister
Pakistan and Thailand will start dialogue on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) soon as Cabinet of Thailand has agreed allowing negotiations for FTA with Pakistan.
Poultry industry calls for review of FTAs
The Pakistan Poultry Associa­tion has urged Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir to review the free trade agreements that are hurting more than helping the country.
China offers enhanced access for agri produce
Beijing and Islamabad are negotiating their FTA afresh following reservations from Pakistani industry that the previous agreement was unbalanced towards China.
Pakistan refuses to accept US model on investment treaty
Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan said that Pakistan had refused to accept US model on Bilateral Investment Treaty.
Pakistan rejects US draft of investment treaty
Pakistan has rejected the United States’ proposed draft of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the two countries, saying the acceptance of the US template would carry ‘dangerous obligations’ for the country.

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