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