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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

Seventh round of India-Canada FTA talks likely in Feb
In a bid to fast track talks for the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA), India and Canada are likely to hold the seventh round of negotiations in February in New Delhi, a Canadian envoy said today.
Debunking the spin around Harper’s FIPA with China
There is a lot of spin about the Canada-China investment treaty (or FIPA). Canadians should not be fooled into the deal. They should insist on an independent review of the government’s claims, before the treaty is locked in for 31 years.
Vodafone tax case may delay India-Canada investment protection pact
A foreign investment protection deal between India and Canada—which was expected to be signed this week, according to media reports—is likely to be delayed because New Delhi is reviewing all similar agreements after its tax dispute with Vodafone Group PLC.
India, Canada to discuss FTA in PMs’ meet this week
In a bid to boost trade and investments, India and Canada will be reviewing the progress of ongoing negotiations for the proposed free trade pact during the week-long visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper starting November 4.
India, Canada start negotiating CEPA
India and Canada have commenced negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) covering Trade in Services, Trade in Goods, Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Measures, Rules of Origin, Technical Barriers to Trade etc.
Canadian Foreign Minister to visit India next month
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will visit India next month to strengthen bilateral economic ties between the two countries.
India-Canada free trade agreement could be finalised by 2013: Canadian diplomat
The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) or Free Trade Agreement between India and Canada may be finalised by 2013, according to a top Canadian diplomat.
Canadian team interacts with Amritsar businessmen and wants India to expedite FTA
A nine-member Canadian parliamentary team has sought the support of the local business community for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) with India.
Canadian auto-parts makers see green opportunity in India
India is a brave new world for Canada’s auto-parts makers, who set out last month to test the largely untested waters.
India deal won’t study asbestos: Analysts
Canadian exports of asbestos to India won’t be examined as part of an environmental assessment recently launched in connection with the Canada-India free trade talks, say experts—and that has some calling on the government to widen its scope.