India And Canada Likely To Explore Possibility Of Signing A Mini Trade Pact  By April EndPrime Minister Justin Trudeau with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After a gap of almost four years, India and Canada are expected to formally return to parleys later this month to explore the possibility of signing a mini trade deal, reports Livemint.

The two nations have been negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) since 2010, however, the last meeting in that direction was held in August of 2017.

However, the two nations are said to have held several rounds of virtual discussions since June 2020. In October last year, the two nations are also said to have held a meeting to explore the possibility of an early harvest or interim agreement. India is also believed to have shared a scoping document with Canada regarding the same.

In FY20, India’s exports to Canada stood at $2.8 billion and imports at $3.9 billion, leaving a trade deficit of $1.1 billion. Given Canada is not a large market for Indian goods, India is keen to have a strong services agreement under the proposed CEPA, which would help the nation in the creation of more jobs for its teeming IT professionals by facilitating easier work visas for Canada.

This comes at a time when India is also engaging with the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) to sign a mini-trade deal.

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