Won't allow sensitive issues to scuttle India-UK trade talks: Piyush Goyal

"With Canada, while they are also not much of a manufacturing base, we have to go into more details. With the UK, it's a manufacturing country on many products. So we have to do it very carefully"

Shreya Nandi Gandhinagar
Piyush Goyal  (Photo: Bloomberg)

Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry (Photo: Bloomberg)

India seems to be moving carefully in negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) with the UK and Canada, given both countries compete with India in the manufacturing sector to some extent, indicates Trade Minister Piyush Goyal. In conversation with Shreya Nandi on the sidelines of the Business 20 (B20) India Inception summit in Gandhinagar, Goyal admits to difficult times ahead for exporters due to looming recession in the developed world. Edited excerpts:
The UK trade secretary recently said offering more student visas is not part of the proposed India-UK FTA.
Student visas were/are never part of FTAs. Basically, FTAs are not negotiated either in newspaper articles, news conferences or public fora.

Also Read

Goyal reviews ongoing FTAs; deliberates ways to fast track negotiations

FTAs and their discontents: Do free trade agreements benefit India?

If delay in FTA talks, GCC nations can join India-UAE trade deal

Looking at duty-free access for ODOP products in FTAs: Piyush Goyal

Leading firms in oil-rich Gulf region propose to invest $6 billion in UP

Budget should make infra projects investor friendly: IIFCL MD PR Jaishankar

Budget must focus on lowering fiscal deficit: EY India's Rajiv Memani

India can't afford yet more disruptions to supply chains: Ficci President

We see trade with India growing two-fold in next 5 years: Ontario minister

India has to compete to gain from 'China Plus One' strategy: Eswar Prasad

First Published: Jan 24 2023 | 9:42 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers. Already a BS Premium subscriber?LOGIN NOW

Register to