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The governments of Canada and India are negotiating a ‘Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement’ which they seek to conclude in 2013. By May 2012, five rounds of negotiations had taken place. This agreement is wideranging and negotiations have included rules of origin, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and trade in services, including temporary entry for business persons, telecommunications, and financial services. According to unnamed official sources, India is likely to exclude an investor-state dispute clause in its FTAs.

last update: May 2012

Trudeau pushes controversial investor-state dispute settlement provision on trip to India
Negotiations on a Canada-India FIPPA were launched in September 2004 and concluded in 2007, but the deal was never signed.
India, Canada look for breakthrough on free trade agreement
Trade ministers of India and China met in New Delhi are looking for another round of talks at the expert level before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s India visit
‘India-Canada foreign investment protection pact is ready to be signed’
Canadian International Trade Minister bullish on growing trade ties with New Delhi.
India, Canada may ‘trade off’ wish lists
Upcoming trade talks will see both sides discussing issues such as high pulses tariff, travel curbs.
Le Canada se rapproche d’une entente avec l’Inde
Des pourparlers commerciaux sont en cours avec une série de pays, et une entente sur les investissements pourrait être conclue avec l’Inde d’ici « quelques mois ».
India, Canada free trade agreement: After 2-year gap, both nations set to talk; here are the key challenges
After a gap of more than two years, India and Canada will resume formal negotiations this week for a free trade agreement (FTA) in goods and services, while talks on a bilateral investment agreement are being handled separately
India may deviate from model BIT to meet Canada’s demands
As talks with Canada began before model text was approved by Cabinet, deviations may be allowed.
India refuses Canada’s proposal of signing investment deal before free trade pact
New Delhi says it will not result in a balanced outcome.
On the issues raised by the Canadian side on MFN-forward
Sitharaman clarified that the negotiation should not get lost in peripheral issues and should focus on bringing in promotion and protection elements.
Let’s talk investment treaty before free trade pact, Canada tells India
Canada is throwing its weight behind an early “progressive” bilateral investment treaty with India before it concludes a bilateral free trade agreement to ensure a stable and predictable environment for its investors.