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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
Photo: Asian Development Bank/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Abbasi promises continuity of policies with review
Shahid Khakan Abbasi, Federal Minister of Commerce hinted review of the Trade Policy and said that his ministry would ensure continuity of policies with review for enhancement of country’s exports.
FTA to help boost exports to China, Malaysia
Head of World Trade Organisation (WTO) Cell, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Mujeeb Ahmed Khan has said that with the help of Free Trade Agreements (FTA), exports to China are expected to reach US$4.5 billion by 2012 and to Malaysia $1.8bn by 2015.
Afghan Minister confirms signing of trade agreement with Pakistan
The Afghan Minister for Trade and Commerce has said that his country has signed a bilateral trade agreement with Pakistan.
ICCI seeks PTA/FTA with Canada to enhance exports
President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Ijaz Abbasi on Friday stressed the need for Free Trade Agreement or Preferential Trade Agreement (FTA/PTA) between Pakistan and Canada for increasing bilateral trade as at present Pakistani exports to Canada are very low.
Pakistan-EU talks to resume after over a decade
The Pakistan-European Union Joint Commission is expected to meet within three months, after remaining suspended for over a decade, and a possible free trade agreement is on the agenda.
Pak-Malaysia FTA to be operational from today
Pakistan and Malaysia are set to enter into a free trade arrangement (FTA) from New Year today under Malaysia-Pakistan Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA) 2008-2014.
US set to finalise FTA, BIT after emergency
"As soon as emergency is lifted and constitution is restored, the Bush administration would start finalising various issues with Pakistan, including Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and the setting up of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) in Azad Kashmir and Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (Fata),” a US embassy spokesperson, Ms Elizabeth Colton, said.
Pakistan and Mauritius sign Preferential Trade Agreement
Pakistan and Mauritius have decided to accord each other preferential status effective November 30, 2007, under the bilateral Preferential Trade Agreement.
US not keen to sign free trade agreement with Pakistan: BoI
The United States has expressed its serious concern over the continuation of emergency rule in Pakistan and said Washington was no more interested to sign the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Islamabad.
FTA with Malaysia finalised
The Pakistani government’s long-awaited Free Trade Agreement with Malaysia has been finalised. It will be implemented from January 2008, after formal approval of the Cabinet, sources in Commerce Ministry told Business Recorder.

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