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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 proposes preferential trade pact with Afghanistan
Commerce Minister Humayun Akhtar Khan has proposed signing of a preferential trade agreement (PTA) leading to a free trade agreement (FTA) with Afghanistan in the near future to increase the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries.
FTAs with four Asian countries
Pakistan would formally initiate dialogue on signing free trade agreements (FTAs) with Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and also negotiate a preferential trade arrangement (PTA) with Morocco as part of its market access moves.
Pakistan and Malaysia to sign protocol for PTA
Pakistan and Malaysia will sign the protocol of a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) during Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s visit to Pakistan from February 15 to 18.
US-Pakistan bilateral investment treaty negotiations
US and Pakistani representatives have reached informal agreement on several issues on the draft of a bilateral investment treaty.
FTA will benefit common man too, says Kadirgamar
The Sri Lanka-Pakistan FTA will benefit not only the business communities but also the ordinary people in both countries, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said.
Preferential trade with Afghanistan proposed
Pakistan has proposed a preferential trade agreement with Afghanistan and shown keen interest in setting up industrial zones between Kandahar and Jalalabad, once security issues are resolved, said Humayun Akhtar Khan, Pakistan’s commerce minister.
Pakistan, Sri Lanka sign free trade pact
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have exchanged diplomatic notes to formalize the annextures in bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a view to its operationalization between the two countries.
Pakistan to initiate FTA talks with Malaysia
Pakistan will try to convince Malaysia to enter a free trade agreement (FTA) when Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawai visits Islamabad next week.
Landmark FTA to be signed with Pakistan
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will arrive in Islamabad tonight (7) on a three-day state visit. The highlight of President Kumaratunga’s visit to Pakistan is the signing of the landmark Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two SAARC partners.
ECC approves Free Trade Agreement with Sri Lanka
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet in Pakistan has approved the signing of a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka.

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