From lecturing to dating: Why Canada and India might finally sign a trade agreement

May 9, 2023

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Rohinton Medhora of the Centre for International Governance Innovation said he understands the logic of starting with something achievable to create momentum, but argued that given the long and futile history of negotiations, aiming for CEPA directly could be the right way to go “because the small step in the absence of the larger one is meaningless.”

To date, trade between the two countries is centred mainly on agricultural commodities and minerals from Canada to India, and textiles and some machinery from India to Canada. Anything that might be termed forward-looking, such as high-tech transfer and upper-level manufactures, accounts for …

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