Monday, February 25, 2013

What is India complaining about the CECA?

Since there was so much talk on the CECA agreement signed with India in 2005, I took a look at the FTA agreement. I do not really know what is India complaining about.

It's clearly stated in Chapter 9 of the agreement, article 9.8, that nothing in the chapter shall prevent a party from applying measures to regulate the entry of natural persons of the other Party into, or their temporary stay in, its territory, including those measures necessary to protect the integrity of, and to ensure the orderly movement of natural persons across its borders, provided that such measures are not applied in such a manner as to nullify or impair the benefits accruing to the other Party under the terms of this Chapter.

Translated, as long as Singapore is not preventing foreigners from entering the country, Singapore is definitely allowed to regulate the number of foreigners entering the country. If Singapore stop all foreigners, or specific foreigners, from coming into the country for work, then India may have a case.

At least that's how I read the Chapter.

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