Seventh round of India-Canada FTA talks likely in February

Source: Deccan Herald via Indian Economic Business News

“Canada wants an ambitious Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India. The seventh round of (FTA) negotiations is happening in February in New Delhi,” Canadian High Commissioner in India Stewart Beck said. He was speaking on the sidelines of a function jointly organised by industry chamber CII and Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. “I think there is will at both the sides to conclude the proposed pact partly because we think it is an important thing to do and also the Prime Ministers (of India and Canada) have committed to do it by end of 2013,” Beck said. At present, the two-way trade is over USD 5 billion. Beck said: “We want one (pact) that is going to give the maximum movement of people from Indian perspective. We want the one which gives the best rates possible for Canadian goods coming into this market.” The FTA is aimed at slashing or eliminating duties on maximum number of products traded between the two countries, besides opening the services sector and facilitating investment proposals. As per a joint study group report, both countries will benefit from the CEPA. According to the report, India and Canada’s GDP are likely to get benefits in the range of USD 6 billion and USD 15 billion per year, respectively from the trade pact.