EFTA and Malaysia hold second round of negotiations

Published 08-09-2014
The EFTA States and Malaysia held a second round of negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement from 2 to 5 September 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The first round of negotiations was held in Geneva in March 2014. During the second round, the negotiation teams addressed a broad range of issues covering trade in goods, trade in services, investment, rules of origin, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade (TBT), sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, trade remedies, intellectual property rights, competition, sustainable development, cooperation, as well as legal, horizontal and institutional issues.

Ambassador Didier Chambovey from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs led the delegation from the EFTA States, while Senior Director Khoo Boo Seng, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, headed the Malaysian delegation. 

A third round of negotiations is planned for November this year in Geneva.

Merchandise trade between the EFTA States and Malaysia amounted to USD 1.86 billion in 2012, with exports from EFTA worth USD 996 million and imports worth USD 867 million.

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