Foreign Policy Watch: India-South Korea

India, South Korea agree on framework to improve trade

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)

Mains level: Issues related to the Korean peninsula and India’s stand on it


CEPA signed

  1. India and South Korea signed a joint statement agreeing to discuss an ‘early harvest’ package for the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) aimed at identifying key areas for enhanced trade between the two countries
  2. The CEPA came into existence in 2010
  3. The two countries also agreed to try to increase their bilateral trade to $50 billion by 2030, up from current levels of $20 billion

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Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

  1. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is a free trade agreement between India and South Korea
  2. The agreement was signed on August 7, 2009
  3. The agreement was aimed at easing restrictions on foreign direct investments and provide better access for the Indian service industry in South Korea
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