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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 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.
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.