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EFTA and India resume free trade negotiations
During their 14th round of negotiations, held from 26 to 28 October 2016 in Geneva, delegations from the EFTA States and India continued talks towards a comprehensive free trade agreement.
The free trade negotiations started in October 2008 and 13 rounds were held until November 2013. Chief Negotiators decided to resume negotiations earlier this year, having taken stock of their status. During this 14th 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.
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 New Delhi in early 2017.