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  • EFTA and India continue free trade negotiations   16.01.2017
    State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch from Switzerland (on the right) and Anita Praveen, Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce, New Delhi (on the left)

    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.

  • EFTA and Colombia hold second Joint and Subcommittee meetings   08.12.2016

    Delegations from the EFTA States and Colombia convened on 2 December 2016 in Geneva for the second Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

  • EFTA Trade Statistics: a new, interactive tool covering EFTA and world trade data   18.11.2016
    Trade between EFTA and the world. Blue: Imports, red: exports, from 2002-2015.

    EFTA is launching a statistical tool that gives an insight into trade relations with EFTA's third-country trading partners over time and by type of merchandise.

  • EFTA and Ecuador hold first round of free trade negotiations   18.11.2016
    From left: Mr Alejandro Dávalos, Chief Negotiator, Undersecretary for Trade Negotiations and Economic Integration, Ecuador; Ms Nína Björk Jónsdóttir, Minister-Counsellor, Iceland; Mr Pascal Décosterd, Ambassador, Switzerland; Mr Juan Carlos Cassinelli, Minister of Foreign Trade, Ecuador; Ms Karin Büchel, EFTA spokesperson, Minister, Head of Free Trade Agreements / EFTA Division, Switzerland; Mr Martin Zbinden, Deputy Secretary-General, EFTA; Ms Ragnhild Gunnes, Deputy Director, Norway; and Mr Pascal Schafha

    The EFTA States and Ecuador held their first round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) from 14 to 17 November 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.

  • EFTA and SACU discuss review of Free Trade Agreement   07.11.2016

    On 3 and 4 November, EFTA and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) held a Joint Committee meeting in Walvis Bay, Namibia, during which delegations discussed the modalities and scope of a review of the EFTA-SACU Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

  • EFTA and India resume free trade negotiations   28.10.2016
    State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch from Switzerland (on the left) and Anita Praveen, Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce (on the right)

    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.

  • Share of trade with FTA partners quadruples from 2005   27.10.2016

    The share of merchandise exports covered by EFTA’s free trade agreements (FTAs) rose from 3.0% of the total exports of its Member States in 2006 to 12.4% in 2015, which clearly indicates the substantial and growing contribution made by the FTAs. A third of the increase is due to the higher growth rate of trade with FTA partners and the remainder is due to the addition of new FTA partners. In the case of Switzerland, the share rose from 4.2% to 15.6%, for Norway from 1.6% to 6.0%, and for Iceland the share of exports to EFTA´s FTA partners increased more than tenfold over the same period, from 0.3% to 3.6%.

  • EFTA and Indonesia hold 11th round of free trade negotiations   03.10.2016
    Ambassador Soemadi D.M. Brotodiningrat from Indonesia and Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof from Switzerland

    From 27 to 30 September 2016, delegations from the EFTA States and Indonesia continued their negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Bandung, Indonesia.

  • EFTA and Mexico hold second round of negotiations on review of FTA   05.09.2016
    From left: Mr César Guerra Guerrero, Minister Representative of the Ministry of Economy of Mexico to the EU and Ms Karin Büchel, Minister and Head of the Free Trade Agreements Division at the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland

    Delegations from the EFTA States and Mexico met for a second round of negotiations on a comprehensive review of the Free Trade Agreement between the EFTA States and Mexico, from 30 August to 2 September in Mexico City.

  • EFTA and Mauritius hold second Joint Committee meeting   27.07.2016
    Swiss Minister and Head of Free Trade Agreements Ms Karin Büchel, Icelandic Ambassador Mr Martin Eyjolfsson, Mr N. Boodhoo, Acting Director at Mauritian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Hilde Berg-Hansen of Norwegian Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, and Liechtenstein Ambassador Mr Peter Matt.

    The Committee established under the EFTA-Mauritius Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) held its second meeting on 22 July 2016 in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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