#April 2017, #Commonwealth, #Special Edition – May 2017, #COMMONWEALTH

François-Philippe Champagne is Canada’s Minister for International Trade with over 20 years’ experience working for major companies worldwide. ‘India Global Business’ caught up with the minister soon after the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting in London recently to explore the potential of India-Canada ties within a broader multilateral context.

What is the status of the Canada-India free trade agreement?

The negotiation of the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) began in November 2010. Nine rounds of negotiations have been held to date; the latest of which was in March 2015. And, last fall, my predecessor, Chrystia Freeland, met with her Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, during the 3rd Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment in Toronto.

#Putting it in Context, #2016, #Special Edition - November 2016

At a time when the passage of India’s tranformational Goods and Services Tax (GST) is promising to turn all of the country into a common market of $2.2 trillion from April next year, the turmoil in Europe over Brexit offers India scope for closer economic, political and strategic ties with the European Union (EU), the world’s largest common market with a combined GDP of $18 trillion.

#July/August 2016, #Trade Wars, #2016

India has resisted pressure on opening up certain areas while the US and Europe are not equally forthcoming, with reciprocity being its mantra on global dealings.

Consider this: An Indian company operating in the US will have to pay additional visa fees of $4,000-4,500 for some H1B and L1 visa applications, according to the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016 that was signed into law by President Barrack Obama in December last year.

#March/April 2016, #Year, #2016, #Asia Pacific

India’s rising global profile, its increasing integration into the global economy and expanding geo-political interests are changing the profile of ANZ – from a distant outpost somewhere in the southern hemisphere with hard to beat cricketers and harder to understand accents, these countries have suddenly emerged as important economic, strategic and military partners in India’s Act East initiative.