Sixth Round of Discussion Over India-UK FTA Concludes

As an attempt to remove the barriers to export and import between India and the UK, as well as to ease trade operations, the Free Trade Agreement is being aggressively discussed by both countries. Recently, on Tuesday, the sixth round of discussion on FTA concluded, while the seventh was planned for January 2023. 11 policy areas were taken up for discussion, spread across 28 separate sessions.

The Department of International Trade, commonly known as DIT, issued a joint statement saying, “Technical discussions were held across 11 policy areas over 28 separate sessions. They included detailed draft treaty text discussions in these policy areas. The seventh round of negotiations is expected to be held in the United Kingdom and is due to take place in early January 2023.”

Adding to the above, the statement read, “On December 12-13, the Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, visited India to initiate the sixth round of the UK-India free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. She met with Piyush Goyal, Honourable Minister for Commerce and Industry, Government of India, where they welcomed the newest round of talks and discussed wider trade and investment opportunities for the UK and India. On December 16, 2022, the United Kingdom and the Republic of India concluded the sixth round of talks for a UK-India FTA.” 

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