Free trade negotiations between EFTA and India make further headway

Published 17-10-2011
Delegations from the four EFTA States and India met for a ninth round of negotiations on a broad-based free trade agreement on 12-14 October 2011 in New Delhi.

Building on substantive work carried out since the last round of negotiations in June, the Parties made significant progress on most parts of a future comprehensive trade pact.

Expert groups notably covered trade in industrial goods and fish, agricultural products, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, rules of origin, customs procedures and trade facilitation, trade defence, competition, and legal and institutional issues. Other subjects, such as investment, government procurement, intellectual property rights and sustainable development, were discussed by heads of delegation.

The EFTA team was headed by State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch from Switzerland, while Shri P.K. Chaudhery, Special Secretary in the Department of Commerce, led the Indian delegation. The Parties agreed to meet again for a full round of negotiations at the end of November 2011.