Ties with Latin America to deepen further
Khurshid, who returns Thursday after a four-day visit to Germany and Belgium, will leave on Friday for Argentina, Colombia and Chile.
India and Chile are close to formalizing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), an arrangement equivalent to a free trade agreement, which would help reduce or eliminate duties on maximum number of products they trade in.
Chile is also considered to be the gateway to Latin America in the areas of investment and trade opportunities.
With the bilateral trade at $2.6 billion in 2011-12, India has been pushing for a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Chile and has asked that country to further liberalise its visa regime to help the movement of professionals and businessmen.
Chile's main export to India is copper, and with the inking of the new trade agreement the product is expected to reach India with zero tariffs. Chile also exports paper pulp among other things to India.
The two countries are seeking cooperation in areas like information technology, oceanography, science and technology, agriculture and food processing and engineering and infrastructure.
India and Colombia have a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) which came into effect in June 2012.
India has also urged Colombia to expedite ratification of a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) to boost investor confidence.
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