EFTA and India meet for third round of free trade negotiations

Published: 27-02-2009
The negotiations on a broad-based Free Trade Agreement between the four EFTA States and India were pursued during a third round held in New Delhi on 23-26 February 2009.

Building on the achievements from previous rounds and an intersessional programme of work, negotiating teams from both sides continued their talks on a broad range of topics.

In addition to the areas of Trade in Goods, Technical Barriers to Trade, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Rules of Origin, Trade in Services, Investment and Intellectual Property Rights, where substantial further progress was made, issues covered by expert groups included for the first time Trade Remedies, Trade Facilitation, Competition, General and Institutional matters, and Dispute Settlement.

The Parties agreed on follow-up work in all groups in preparation for the next round of negotiations which is expected to take place before the summer break. 

The EFTA team was headed by Ambassador Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch from Switzerland, while Shri P. K. Chaudhery, Additional Secretary of the Department of Commerce, led the Indian delegation.