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EFTA, India aim at building on existing work: Helene Budliger Artieda

EFTA received this proposal from India with an open and positive mind, says Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs Helene Budliger Artieda

Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs Helene Budliger Artieda
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Helene Budliger Artieda, Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs

Asit Ranjan Mishra New Delhi

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India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) last week held discussions to resume negotiations for a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement that was abandoned in 2013 after five years of negotiations. Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs Helene Budliger Artieda — who led the delegation to India — in an email interview with Asit Ranjan Mishra, says both sides need to acknowledge the change in geopolitical circumstances while restarting negotiations. Excerpts:

India and EFTA recently discussed the resumption of trade talks. Have both sides formally agreed to start negotiations? What are the

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First Published: Apr 30 2023 | 8:31 PM IST

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