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Review of Free Trade Agreements almost finalised: Nirmala

The review process of the existing Free Trade Agreements that India had entered into with partner countries is almost finalised and domestic manufacturers would benefit from the revised pacts, Minister of state for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday. ‘We did review the FTAs as well as the SEZs and the process is almost in the final stages,’ Sitharaman told reporters here. She said there was a perception that some of the FTAs were benefiting the partner countries rather than India.

‘There is a feeling that some of the FTAs are benefiting the partner countries and there is absolutely no discord between finance and commerce ministries in this regard. We in the commerce ministry want better utilisation of the agreements for increasing exports from the country. The government will ensure that,’ she said.

The new foreign trade policy, to be announced shortly soon, would give Indian manufacturers and exporters benefit from the revised FTAs, the minister said. Sitharaman said India was keen on FTAs with the ASEAN countries.
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