FREE TRADE

  • China has its way on APEC free-trade deal November 11, 2014

    Beijing: APEC leaders agreed to work towards possible adoption of a "historic" free-trade deal proposed by China, in a victory for the Communist giant as it strives for a bigger role in formulating global trade policy. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members' endorsement of a roadmap for promoting the Free...
  • US manufacturing industry pushes India for free trade September 10, 2014

    Washington: Expressing readiness to revitalize bilateral trade relationship with India, the US manufacturing industry has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide foreign companies a level playing field by accepting global free trade agreement. "Manufacturers remain hopeful that positive progress can be achieved. As Prime Minister Modi prepares to visit the...
  • Facebook and Twitter too late for China's Internet September 25, 2013

    Beijing: Facebook Inc and Twitter face a daunting task in China, if access to their social networks is unblocked, as they would be up against deeply entrenched domestic rivals which cater to local needs and tastes. Years of isolated growth means China's sophisticated social media companies, including Tencent Holdings, Sina Inc...
  • Facebook, Twitter, other banned sites to be open in China free trade zone: Report September 25, 2013

    Shanghai: Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be accessible in a planned freetrade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Hong Kong newspaper also said authorities would welcome bids from foreign telecoms firms...
  • China to lift ban on Facebook, Twitter in Shanghai Free Trade Zone September 24, 2013

    In the first sign of opening up on the political front, China has decided to lift ban on foreign websites, including Facebook and Twitter, in the new multi billion dollar Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) to encourage more foreign investment, a media report said on Tuesday. The opening up will be...
  • Sri Lanka hopes to sign FTA with China, says minister September 17, 2013

    Sri Lanka is negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, a top minister said on Tuesday. The negative list is a key point that remains to be resolved, Xinhua quoted Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana, Sri Lanka's investment promotion minister, as saying. The minister said the government was attempting to promote Sri Lanka's...
  • India plans to double its trade with Lanka in next three years August 15, 2013

    India plans to double its bilateral trade with Sri Lanka to USD 10 billion in next three years, Indian High Commissioner YK Sinha said today. Speaking at the 67th Indian national day celebrations, Sinha highlighted the growing economic and commercial partnership between India and Sri Lanka and noted that since the...
  • PM Manmohan Singh on a twoday visit to Thailand May 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Thailand on a twoday visit after wrapping up his Japan visit on Thursday. Manmohan is expected to meet Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and outline the Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and elevate bilateral ties into a strategic partnership. Manmohan will also discuss...
  • US paves way for shale gas export to India May 18, 2013

    Washington: Opening up the prospects of export of shale gas to energy starved India, the US today granted conditional authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to nations that do not have Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with it. In a decision, which has major implications for India, the...
  • PM Mamohan Singh returns home after Germany visit April 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Mamohan Singh on Friday returned home after his threeday visit to Germany during which key issues like IndiaEU FTA were discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel articulating the impediments in inking of the pact. Pitching for investments from Germany and other countries, Prime Minister Singh had...
  • PM in Germany, Delhi and Berlin see progress in trade deal April 12, 2013

    Berlin: The leaders of Germany and India said on Thursday that progress is being made on a new free trade agreement between India and the European Union but cautioned that there is still work to be done. Negotiations have been ongoing for six years and officials had hoped to conclude the...
  • India seeks German political thrust to ink FTA with EU April 11, 2013

    Berlin: India on Wednesday sought a strong political thrust from Germany, a key member of the 27nation European Union bloc, for inking of the long pending Free Trade Agreement with the grouping. This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid during his comprehensive talks with German counterpart Guido Westerwelle,...
  • Morsi to discuss free trade arrangements with India: Egyptian Envoy March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi arrived in India on Tuesday for talks to boost bilateral trade and technological cooperation. While talking to CNN-IBN, Egyptian Ambassador to India Khaled El Bakly said that the government of Egypt considers India as one of the oldest friends. He also said Morsi is...
  • India to sign investment, services FTA with ASEAN November 20, 2012

    Phnom Penh: PM Manmohan Singh on Monday announced that India is ready to conclude the delayed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in services and investment with ASEAN by next month that will provide a "springboard" for rapid expansion in ties, as he invited investments from the 10nation grouping citing "enormous opportunities". Contending...
  • Idea of free trade agreement with US is good: Montek February 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Wednesday said that a free trade agreement (FTA) with US is a good idea. "If you can do an FTA (with US) that is a good idea, but the most important thing is to expand business relationship with special focus on...
  • India, Israel must take strong action on Syria: Steinitz December 23, 2011

    Israeli Finance Minister Dr Yuval Steinitz, who was in India to negotiate a free trade agreement. He says India and Israel need to take stronger action on Syria and other countries of the Arab spring. ...
  • Govt hints at flexibility in WTO talks May 31, 2011

    New Delhi: India may agree in the WTO negotiations to cut tariff in specific sectors in which the country is, any way, slashing duties under Free Trade Agreements with different countries and blocs, a Commerce Ministry official said on Tuesday. In the governmentindustry consultations here, an indication was given that India...
  • India, ASEAN sign deal on free trade in goods August 13, 2009

    Bangkok: India and the 10country Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN signed a free trade agreement on Thursday after more than six years of negotiations, but the deal did not embrace software and information technology. Thai and Indian officials said the agreement would eliminate tariffs on products including electronics, chemicals, machinery and...
  • Canada to focus on free trade pact with India September 9, 2008

    Toronto: The Canadian foreign affairs parliamentary secretary Deepak Obhrai has hailed the Canadian backing for India in getting the waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) last week a 'turning point' in bilateral ties. He adds that his country will now focus on a free trade agreement with New Delhi. Canada broke...
  • Free trade, economic flashpoint of Democratic primaries April 1, 2008

    New York: The next battleground in the Democratic presidential contest is the state of Pennsylvania, which holds its primary on April 22 and in the run up to that election. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have upped the rhetoric against free trade agreements. Both Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack...
  • India, China to speed up bilateral trade January 15, 2007

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters on Monday that India and China have agreed on the need to expedite bilateral trade arrangement. The PM, who Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in the Philippines on the sidelines of IndiaASEAN and East Asian summits met, briefed the reporters on the agreement on...
  • Industry, Govt not ready for China FTA November 17, 2006

    New Delhi: A slew of trade and investment agreements will be signed between India and China during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, even though the Indian Government and industry are not yet ready for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two Asian giants. "A Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement...
  • SAARC Ministerial Council likely in Oct August 28, 2006

    New Delhi: India has said it will take up its objection to Pakistan limiting trade with New Delhi under the South Asia Free Trade Area at SAARC Ministerial Council meeting in October, but made it clear that tariff concessions offered to Islamabad would continue. "SAARC Ministerial...