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India-Thailand Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) negotiations.




India-Thailand Comprehensive Economic Cooperation

Agreement (CECA) negotiations

  1. In November 2001, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra and the Prime Minister of India agreed to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to undertake feasibility study on a Free Trade Agreement between India and Thailand. The Joint Working Group observed that the present policy regimes in both the countries were conducive to more intensive bilateral economic integration and a Free Trade Agreement could prove to be a building block for other sub-regional, regional and global economic integration processes of which both countries are a part. Having observed rich potential of trade expansion, the study concluded that the proposed Free Trade Agreement between India and Thailand is feasible, desirable and mutually beneficial. Accordingly, a Joint Negotiating Group was set up to draft the Framework Agreement on India – Thailand FTA.

  2. During the visit of Indian Prime Minister to Thailand, a Framework Agreement for establishing Free Trade between India and Thailand was signed by the Commerce Ministers of the two sides on 9th October, 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Framework Agreement cover FTA in Goods, Services and Investment and Areas of Economic Cooperation. The Framework Agreement also provided for an Early Harvest Scheme (EHS) under which 82 common items of export interest to the sides have been agreed for elimination of tariff on a fast track basis.

Current Status

  1. The tariff concessions on 82 items of EHS list began from 1.9.2004. The tariffs on these items have become zero for both sides from 1.9.2006.

  2. India-Thailand Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) has been constituted and discussions are being held on a comprehensive FTA including Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Rules of Origin, Dispute Settlement Mechanism etc. 17 Rounds of negotiations have so far been held.







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Date: 25-11-2014
Central Excise INSTRUCTION
Regarding procedure of service tax refund/exemption to SEZ

Date: 25-11-2014
RBI/2014-15/316 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 41
Routing of funds raised abroad to India

Date: 21-11-2014
RBI/2014-15/309 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 39
External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Policy – Parking of ECB proceeds

Date: 21-11-2014
RBI/2014-15/310 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.40
Release of Foreign Exchange for Haj/ Umrah pilgrimage

Date: 21-11-2014
Customs Notification No. 32/ 2014
Seeks to exempt from customs duty goods required for the Intensified Malaria Control Project funded by GFATM.

Date: 21-11-2014
Customs Notification No. 44/2014-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to levy definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of diclofenac sodium, originating in or exported from People's Republic of China, for a period of five years.

Date: 21-11-2014
Customs Notification No. 45/2014-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to levy definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of Digital Versatile Discs-Recordable (DVD-R and DVD-RW), originating in or exported from People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei for a period of five years.

Date: 21-11-2014
Central Excise Notification No 23/2014
Seeks to exempt from excise duty goods required for the Intensified Malaria Control Project funded by GFATM.

Date: 20-11-2014
DGFT Public Notice No.75/(RE 2013)/2009-14
Modification of SION A-1475 and SIONs A-1839, A-1841 and A-1842.

Date: 20-11-2014
Customs Notification No 111/2014 (NT)
Rate of exchange of conversion of each of the foreign currency with effect from 21st November, 2014