Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement negotiations

Guidance on preparing submissions for the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade welcomes public submissions and comment on an Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. Your written submission may take several forms — from a short email through to a more comprehensive analytical paper.

In your submission, you may wish to focus on specific market access challenges and other issues of importance in the Indian commercial operating environment, particularly with respect to trade in goods and services, and investment. Alternatively, you may wish to raise more general issues associated with the impact of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement on Australia.

Overall, the Government is inviting stakeholders to consider and comment on the commercial, economic, regional and other impacts that could be expected to arise from an Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

In terms of goods (merchandise) trade, we are interested in gauging stakeholder views concerning issues associated with market access including, but not limited to, tariffs, quota restrictions, import licensing, technical barriers to trade (for example certification and standards) and any suggestions or comments regarding the rules of origin that would be established in the Agreement.

In the case of services, stakeholder views might include comment on issues such as foreign equity limitations and other conditions, qualifications recognition, limitations on branch offices, licensing, and visa and residency issues.

In the area of investment, we would welcome stakeholder views on issues including, but not limited to, conditions and restrictions on foreign investment (including in particular sectors), transfers of capital and profit repatriation, joint venture regulations and licence requirements.

We also welcome your views on any cross-sectoral problems that you anticipate, or have encountered, in doing business with India that could be addressed through the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. Observations based on past experience in India or in other markets that may have some bearing upon the proposed Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement negotiations would be received with interest.

Submissions will be made publicly available and posted on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise.

Submissions should be lodged through at least one of the following options: