PBC Position Paper on Pakistan’s Free Trade Agreements

This short paper produced in 2007 puts forward the Pakistan Business Council’s position on Pakistan’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The PBC supports the signing of FTAs in the absence of progress at the WTO, it is however alarmed with the strategy followed by the Government of Pakistan when it comes to identifying, negotiating and signing FTAs with our trading partners. This position paper highlights the shortcomings in the negotiating process and goes on to show how Pakistan has been the net loser in the FTAs that it has signed with both Sri Lanka & China.