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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


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Bilateral Investment Treaty can spur US-Pakistan economic ties: Negroponte
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New free trade accord with China soon: Musharraf
President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday that Pakistan and China were close to signing another Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on trade and services that would further boost their economic and commercial ties.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka to expand the scope of free trade agreement
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FTA: Pakistan, Sri Lanka for enhanced trade Ties
President Pervez Musharraf and President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka on Friday agreed on improving their trade and commerce ties with specific focus on continuing Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Pakistan, Mauritius to activate FTA in 18 months
Pakistan and Mauritius on Friday agreed to operationalise a free trade agreement between the two countries within 18 months to boost South-South trade.
Pakistan-Malaysia FTA in final stages
Government is working on Pakistan-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Technical Support Project to exploit the potential at the optimum level under this arrangement.
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.

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