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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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PM for FTA between Pakistan, US to promote economic activity
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday called for an early conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and United States to promote economic activity.
US rejoiced when AG quit, pushed for investment treaty, show cables
The US was not exactly sorry that Pakistan’s Attorney General Makhdoom Ali Khan resigned from General Musharraf’s cabinet in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate ‘suspended’ Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, according to a ‘confidential’ US diplomatic cable accessed by Dawn News through WikiLeaks.
PM’s visit to boost Pakistan-China trade
The representatives of business community Sunday said that Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s visit to China would further boost trade and strengthen economic relations between the private sectors of two countries.
Pak-China FTA expansion in June
Pakistan and China will discuss expansion of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries in the coming June with an aim to boost bilateral trade.
Pak-China: Talks on free trade begin
The first round of negotiations between Pakistan and China for the second phase of tariff concessions began in Islamabad on Thursday.
Pakistan, US to resume, broaden investment treaty talks
Pakistan and the United States have agreed to resume negotiations on a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) through broad inclusion of stakeholders from both sides, said an official announcement.
Bilateral investment : Unfair treaties could drain national exchequer
Pakistan has faced claims worth $1 billion and could lose hundreds of millions of dollars more because of international investment treaties that are contrary to the interests of the country, asserted UK-based corporate lawyer Mahnaz Malik.
GCC FTA Zardari seeks Kuwait’s help
President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan has keen interest in concluding a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and seeks Kuwait’s support in this regard.
Nepal-Pakistan to sign FTA in October
Nepal and Pakistan are planning to ink Free Trade Agreement during the meeting of Joint Economic Commission scheduled for October.
Three-day seminar on Pak-China FTA
A three-day seminar on “Pakistan’s Free Trade Agreement with China” has started here on Monday.

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