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EFTA and India continue free trade negotiations
During their 15th round of negotiations, held from 11 to 13 January in New Delhi, delegations from the EFTA States and India continued talks towards a comprehensive free trade agreement.
The free trade negotiations started in October 2008, with 13 rounds being held until November 2013. Chief negotiators decided to resume negotiations in 2016 after taking stock of their status, and a 14th round of negotiations was held in October.
During this 15th round, experts from both sides held targeted discussions on outstanding issues regarding trade in goods, trade in services, rules of origin and intellectual property rights, while Heads of Delegations reviewed the state of play of all other topics under discussion.
State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch from Switzerland acted as EFTA Spokesperson, while Anita Praveen, Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce, led the Indian delegation.
Both sides agreed to continue negotiations with a view to concluding an agreement in the near future. The next round of negotiations will be held in Geneva in spring 2017.