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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

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.
Canada eyes India for investment in trillion-dollar infrastructure plan
India is on Canada’s radar screen as it wishes to be a part of a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan to consolidate trade and investment ties with Asia’s third-largest economy, Canadian international trade minister Ed Fast said on Friday.
Pork exports to India tied to FTA breakthrough
Canadian producers hope free trade negotiations with India will result in that country allowing imports of Canadian pork products, according to an official with one of the agencies trying to open those doors.
Canada-India free trade pact by 2013: Industry Minister
Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement has reiterated his country’s commitment to signing a free trade agreement with India by 2013.
Harper announces opening of free-trade agreement talks with India
The prime ministers of Canada and India, both attending the G20 summit in South Korea, announced on Friday the two countries have begun free trade talks.
Manmohan Singh, Harper to meet to hammer out economic partnership
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper soon to launch formal negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic-Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two countries, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has said.
India, Canada trying to resolve issues of FIPPA: Sharma
India and Canada are trying to resolve differences over the proposed investment protection agreement while negotiations on a trade opening pact are underway, visiting Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said.
Groundwork done, FTA talks with Canada soon
India and Canada could start negotiations on a free trade agreement for opening up markets in goods, investments and services by the end of this year.