India has signed a trade pact with thein a “record” time and “now our talks with the UK is moving at a faster pace”, Goyal said.
In such pacts, two or more countries significantly reduce or eliminate customs duties on maximum number of goods traded between them. Besides, they ease norms for promoting trade in goods and investments.
In January, India and the UK formally launched talks for a free trade agreement. They have set the deadline for concluding talks by Diwali.
India is also negotiating similar pacts with Canada,(EU) and Israel, he said, adding that several other nations have shown keen interest in negotiating trade agreements with India.
The( ), (EAEU) and (EFTA) want to negotiate these pacts, he said.
However, he added that the commerce ministry does not have enough resources to simultaneously negotiate free trade pact with more nations.
GCC is a union of six countries in theregion, namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. EFTA members are Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Five-nation EAEU comprises Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
The minister was speaking athere.
He asked the domestic traders body to focus on quality of products and work in a unity.
Goyal informed that the government is taking steps to reduce compliance burden.
About 30,000 rules have either simplified or removed to ease compliance burden.