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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
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Pakistan, Russia to go for FTA, currency swap agreement
The leaders of Pakistan and Russia have expressed the willingness to speed up work on the proposed Free Trade Agreement and currency swap arrangement to boost bilateral trade and further strengthen their economic ties.
Pakistan exploring PTA prospects to boost garment exports
Eyeing to boost its garment and other textile items exports, the Government of Pakistan is exploring the prospects of Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) with various countries.
President Zardari, King Abdullah for early conclusion of Pak-Jordan FTA
President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and King Abdullah of Jordan on Saturday called for an early conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement and holding of the second round of talks soon for this purpose.
Pakistan: Faces further delays in US trade talks
As the fifth round of talks on the Pak-US Trade Investment Facilitation Agreement (TIFA) began in Islamabad on Tuesday (20 September), Pakistani delegates have taken a tough stance to demand better trade arrangements with the US.
Pakistan to ink FTAs with ASEAN, GCC
Pakistan expects to seal Free Trade Agreement (FTAs) with two promising regional groupings to boost the country’s trade performance, Secretary Commerce, Zafar Mahmood has said. “Pakistan is to sign the agreements with ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council,” he said in an interview here following the conclusion of Pakistan Malaysia Business Forum and the meeting of Joint Review Committee on FTA
Pakistan urges Malaysia to expand import base of Pak products
Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to enhance bilateral economic cooperation and explore avenues for joint ventures in a host of sectors, including agriculture, construction and Halal industry. The understanding to “tap full potential of bilateral economic relations” was reached in Kuala Lumpur at the first ever meeting of the Pakistan Malaysia Joint Committee on Review of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.
Pakistan, Turkey to transform bilateral ties: Khar
Turkey and Pakistan on Thursday took a leap forward in their bilateral relations and agreed to transform existing historical brotherly relations into tangible economic partnership.
FTA benefiting China more than Pakistan
Imports from China have been persistently rising even in the no concession category whereas Pakistan has been able to increase its exports only in the first two categories, reveals a study on Pakistan-China FTA available with The News.
Thailand wants early FTA with Pakistan: Thai Minister
Thai government is focusing on an early meeting of Pak-Thai Joint Trade Commission for early signing of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries. Thai Minister, Department of South Asian, Middle East and African Affairs, Mr Nat Pinyo WattanaCheep said this during a meeting with businessmen at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.
Govt urged to put marble products in FTA with China
All Pakistan Marble Mining Processing Industry and Exporters Association (APMMPIEA) demanded the government make semi-processed/un-finished tiles, slabs, some marble and granite and onyx products, part of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China.

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