News Analysis - SAARC



  • Pak Hurdles on SAFTA (January 25, 2007)
    Hailing Afghanistan’s entry into the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), an Indian official complained about Pakistan’s refusal to implement South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) which impeded regional trade.<More>

  • Impact of China-Pak FTA (December 07, 2006)
    A closer look at the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) to targeted at specific products for trade and opening avenues to liberalize services shows that this deal may not affect Indian businesses or trade with China or Pakistan.<More>

  • India Reiterates Afghan Support (November 23, 2006)
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “reiterated India’s commitment as a neighbour and friend to continue assisting Afghanistan despite the challenges posed by the security situation” and continue its rehabilitation work but declined to deploy regular troops.<More>

  • India Asks Pak to Stop Stalling SAFTA (November 09, 2006)
    Setting the tone for upcoming Foreign Secretary level talks, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee asked Pakistan to remove “obstructions” and allow “free flow of trade” and go beyond the expanded trade basket.<More>

  • SAARC Concluded Amid Indo-Pak Trade Dispute (August 07, 2006)
    India complained bitterly to the commerce ministers governing the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) that Islamabad has failed to implement key provisions of the agreement into force and not granting tariff reductions to its exports.<More>

  • India to Raise Pak Trade Curbs at SAARC (July 28, 2006)
    Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath told the Parliament that he will raise the issue of import restrictions by Pakistan at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit early next month in Dhaka.<More>

  • Tariff Relief per SAFTA (April 20, 2006)
    At a meeting of South Asian Commerce Ministers meeting at Dhaka, India and Pakistan agreed not to charge import duties on 5% of products traded within the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) region.<More>

  • India Backs US as Observer in SAARC (April 13, 2006)
    Much to the chagrin of its communist allies, the Indian Government is enthusiastically supporting the inclusion of the US as an observer of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SSARC) in the 14 session to be hosted in India.<More>

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