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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

Canada Trade Min to fast-track FTA talks during India visit
Canada’s Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to accelerate the negotiation process of the proposed free trade pact with India.
As Trump quashes TPP, Canada pushes pact with India
But Ottawa’s stance on model investment treaty has New Delhi worried
India, Canada talk on investment pact, no consensus on dispute mechanism yet
A successful conclusion of FIPA will provide a much-needed cover for Canadian investments in India and vice versa, and is expected to be an important catalyst in translating the announcements into reality.
Canada to India: Tighten investment protection norms in new model treaty
New Delhi examining whether dispute settlement mechanism can be tweaked
India trade talks heating up, but ex-envoy cautions: ‘we’ve been to the altar before’
The Liberals’ relative flexibility on investor-state dispute systems and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and an expected visit to India by the PM, may help to move talks along.
India to operationalize BIPA with Canada
On Canada’s insistance, India is expected to sign a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with Canada based on an old text, not its new model BIT. The old text contains contentious provisions such as the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.
Canada re-opens investment talks with India
Canada’s government has officially re-opened negotiations with India over a bilateral investment treaty the two sides nearly agreed upon almost a decade ago.
Canada-India free trade agreement talks delayed
Canada asks officials to focus on TPP ratification instead; wants India to first ink bilateral investment pact.
India, Canada closely working to finalise CEPA
India and Canada are closely working to finalise the comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA)
’India-Canada FTA likely to be concluded by March 2016’
The proposed free trade agreement between India and Canada, which aims to reduce or eliminate duties on a large number of products traded between the two nations, is likely to be concluded by March next year, a senior official told PTI.