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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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US lawmakers to move resolution for FTA with Pakistan
Visiting US lawmakers on Friday announced they would move a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives to seek the early signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Pakistan.
EU agrees to talk on FTA in Feb
The European Union has finally agreed to initiate talks on Free Trade Agreement with Pakistan and the first round of negotiations would be held in February 2010.
Pakistan and EU to explore possibility of FTA: talks begin on October 20
Islamabad and the 27-member European Union will start negotiations on a possible free trade agreement, an unfulfilled dream of Pakistan, with a meeting on 20 October.
Pakistan, Turkey agree to start FTA talks
Pakistan and Turkey have initiated negotiations on a free trade agreement and a formal accord will be signed during Turkish prime minister’s visit to Pakistan next month.
Pakistan wants trade agreement with US at any cost
In a new development, Pakistan has decided to reinitiate the stalled process of technical dialogue with the US authorities to finalise the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) by December this year, The News has learnt.
EU lobbying firm offers services for FTA
Alber and Geiger, a European Union lobbying firm comprising of former high ranking officials, has offered its services to facilitate Pakistan for a free trade agreement (FTA), sources in Commerce Ministry told Business Recorder.
Pakistan, Nepal mull over free-trade pact
Pakistan and Nepal are considering a free-trade agreement, said the Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Monday.
EU wants to expand trade ties with Pakistan
European Commission Ambassador Jan De KOK has said that the European Union was seriously considering on broadening and deepening of its trade relations with Pakistan.
Pak-US study group to accelerate talks on ROZ
Pakistan and the US have agreed to set up a joint study group for accelerating bilateral negotiations on Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement and Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs)
MoI positive for completion of Pak-US BIT draft in April
Pakistan’s Ministry of Investment (MoI) is hopeful for the completion of mutually agreed final draft of Pak-US Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) by April this year, as bilateral consultations on unresolved issues have already started afresh.


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