Free Trade News
EFTA and Georgia hold a trade promotion seminar
EFTA and Georgia jointly held a trade promotion seminar on 7 June 2018 in Tbilisi, organised in cooperation with the Georgian Swiss Business Association (GSBA). The EFTA – Georgia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force for Georgia, Iceland and Norway on 1 September 2017 and for Switzerland and Liechtenstein on 1 May 2018. There is great interest in the new agreement and the seminar was well attended with over 160 participants from private companies and government authorities.
EFTA States and Canada continue exploratory discussions
Delegations from the EFTA States and Canada met on 5 to 6 June 2018 in Ottawa, Canada, to further explore a possible modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement. Ambassador Harald Aspelund from Iceland acted as EFTA Spokesperson, and Mr Louis Marcotte, Director General for Trade in Services, Investment and Intellectual Property, Global Affairs Canada, headed the Canadian delegation.
EFTA and Korea hold sixth Joint Committee meeting under Free Trade Agreement
Delegations from the EFTA States and the Republic of Korea convened in Geneva on 6 June 2018 for their sixth Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA – Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), nearly 12 years after its entry into force in 2006.
Free trade negotiations between EFTA and Vietnam continue
From 29 May to 1 June 2018, delegations from the EFTA States and Vietnam met in Oslo, Norway, for the 16th round of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement.
Implementation of the EFTA-Philippines Free Trade Agreement in the Philippines
EFTA States and SACU hold second round on a review of the Free Trade Agreement
EFTA and the South African Customs Union (SACU) met for a second round of negotiations on a review of the existing Free Trade Agreement in Durban, South Africa from 23 to 25 May 2018.
EFTA and Moldova hold first Joint Committee meeting
The Committee established under the EFTA-Moldova Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) held its first meeting on 15 May 2018 in Chisinau, Moldova.
EFTA and Indonesia hold 15th round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
The 15th round of negotiations between the EFTA States and Indonesia on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) took place in Banten (Jakarta), Indonesia, from 23 to 27 April. Ambassador Soemadi D.M. Brotodiningrat headed the Indonesian delegation while Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof from Switzerland acted as the EFTA Spokesperson.
Free trade negotiations between EFTA and Mercosur continue
The third round of free trade negotiations between EFTA and MERCOSUR States took place from 10 to 13 April 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
EFTA and Egypt hold trade promotion seminar
EFTA and Egypt jointly held a trade promotion seminar on 15 March 2018 in Cairo. The meeting was well attended with approximately 100 participants from private companies and government authorities.