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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-Mauritius talks on PTA conclude
Pakistan and Mauritius on Saturday concluded the discussion on the bilateral Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and both sides have agreed to expedite the process for its formal signing.
UN body invites Pak to join Asia Pacific trade group
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) of the United Nations has invited Pakistan to join the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) suggesting that this would help its membership to other important trading blocks such as ASEAN, AFTA, BIMSTEC and SCO.
Khusro Bakhtyar proposes early harvest programme, FTA with Myanmar
Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, has proposed to sign an Early Harvest Programme to be followed by a Free Trade Agreement with Myanmar.
Pakistan wants to initiate talks on FTA with EU: Shaukat Aziz
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said this week that Pakistan desires to initiate talks on Free Trade Agreement ( FTA) with the European Union.
Pak-China FTA talks continue
An eight-member team of Pakistan is right now in Beijing to finalise the much-awaited Free Trade Agreement with China, which is expected to be formally inked during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Pakistan this month.
Pakistan to sign FTA with GCC soon: Khan
Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Hamayun Akhtar Khan yesterday said that his country will soon sign Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the GCC bloc in coming few weeks, which will cover goods and services, and would give a big push to attract much needed foreign investment.
Pakistan, China to sign FTA
Pakistan and China will sign a free-trade agreement (FTA) during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Pakistan next month. This will be Pakistan’s first comprehensive FTA with any country.
Pakistan, Malaysia conclude free trade agreement talks
Pakistan and Malaysia have completed talks over a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Islamabad, the Pakistani Commerce Ministry said on Friday.
No decision yet on RoZs
The United States has not decided so far as to what will be manufactured in the much-talked Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) proposed by US President George W bush during his visit to Pakistan in March 2006.
Pakistan, China to hold FTA talks on 10th
Pakistan and China are scheduled to hold fourth round of negotiations on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Beijing on October 10.


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