On November 12, 2010, Canada and India announced the launch of negotiations toward a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), following the completion of the report by the Joint Study Group that concluded that there was sufficient common ground to move ahead on these negotiations. Minister Van Loan launched the first round of negotiations during his visit to India on November 16, 2010.
In order to ensure that Canadian priorities are taken into account during the negotiations, the Government of Canada is consulting Canadian stakeholders with an interest in the Indian market, including Canadian companies and associations that have an interest in the Indian market through importing, exporting, trade in services, investment, or involvement in global value chains. These consultations will continue throughout the negotiations, and will focus on a number of issues that are subject to negotiation, specifically those pertaining to access for goods (including tariff and non-tariff barriers), rules of origin, technical barriers to trade, intellectual property, cross-border trade in services, investment and government procurement.
Please note that you may have already been consulted by Government of Canada officials, or you may already have submitted input to the Government of Canada under the Canada Gazette notice published in March 2009. In such cases, it is not necessary to re-submit information already provided; however, additional input is welcome.
For more information on this initiative, please visit the Web page "Canada-India: Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) Negotiations”.
Thank you for taking the time to share your views. Your comments are most appreciated.
Contributions may be sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade via:
Canada-India CEPA Consultations
Trade Negotiations I Division (TPE)
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2