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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

India-Canada treaty critics team up to fight
As governments in Canada and India herald their progress on a free trade agreement, promising to have it worked out by September, opponents from both countries are preparing to unite in their efforts to stop the deal.
Harper and Modi announce a Canada-India ’free trade’ agreement by September
Efforts are being stepped up to conclude a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by September, it was announced during Narendra Modi’s visit to Ottawa this week.
Modi’s visit to Canada will boost trade deals: Diplomat
Canada expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in April to help accelerate finalization of trade and investment agreements between the two countries, a Canadian diplomat has said.
ComMin expedites work on FTA before Modi’s Canada visit
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to visit Canada in April this year, the commerce and industry ministry has expedited the work on firming up the framework for the proposed free trade agreement with the country.
India wary of issues on services in Canada pact
Canada’s trade minister Ed Fast is scheduled to visit India next month to hold discussions with Nirmala Sitharaman to end the CEPA deadlock
Canada wants quick decisions on CEPA, BITs
Canada hopes the Narendra Modi government will take decisions on two vital agreements the Manmohan Singh government could not. The first, a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, or CEPA and the second on Bilateral Investment treaties, or BITs.
Canada, India conclude latest EPA talks
Canada and India have concluded an eighth round of talks toward a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with the the Canadian Government saying that it has identified core economic opportunities in India in the energy, agriculture, infrastructure and education sectors.
Bilateral investment pacts can’t be subject to foreign jurisdictions: FM
India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram has made it clear that any bilateral investment protection agreement has to be subject to jurisdiction of domestic legal institutions and India will not allow it to be subjected to foreign courts or tribunals.
India, Canada FTA may face delay; likely to miss December deadline
The proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and Canada is likely to be delayed and may miss the December 2013 deadline, a government official has said.
Canada, India conclude seventh round of CEPA talks
The seventh round of Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) talks between Canada and India, which was held in New Delhi, concluded Wednesday.