India and UK conclude 11th round of FTA talks

The next round of negotiations is due to take place in the coming month

July 25, 2023

This round was conducted in a hybrid fashion - a number of Indian officials travelled to London for negotiations, and others attended virtually

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal visited the UK as part of the eleventh round of the UK-India free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations

Piyush Goyal and Kemi Badenoch discussed ways to make progress on the FTA negotiations and wider trade and investment opportunities for the UK and India

The negotiations for the agreement were launched on 13 January 2021

India and the UK concluded the eleventh round of talks for a proposed FTA  last week, and the next round of negotiations is due to take place in the coming month, according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. 

As with previous rounds, this was conducted in a hybrid fashion – several Indian officials travelled to London for negotiations, and others attended virtually.

Over 10-11 July, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal visited the UK as part of the eleventh round of the UK-India FTA negotiations. He met with Kemi Badenoch MP, Secretary of State for Business and Trade, and Nigel Huddleston MP, the Minister of State for International Trade, to discuss ways to progress on the FTA negotiations and broader trade and investment opportunities for the UK and India.

Commerce Secretary Sunil Barthwal also visited the UK during the round. He met with senior UK trade officials and took stock of the progress made in the eleventh round of negotiations. 

According to the statement, technical discussions were held across nine policy areas in over 42 separate sessions. The negotiations for the agreement were launched on 13 January 2021.

Source: Mint

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