Meanwhile, eight rounds of negotiations have been concluded to review the EPA between India and South Korea, which began in 2016. India also looked at the revision of the Indian and Japanese EPA and the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with its trading partners. The agreement will ease restrictions on foreign direct investment. Companies can own up to 65% of a business in another country.  Both countries have avoided problems in agriculture, fisheries and mining and are deciding not to reduce tariffs in these areas. This is due to the high sensitivity of these sectors in the countries concerned.  In 2008, trade between India and South Korea amounted to $15.6 billion. This is a significant increase from 2002, when total trade was $2.6 billion.  The Korea Institute for International Economic Policy estimates that the agreement will increase trade between the two countries by $3.3 billion.  The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is a free trade agreement between India and South Korea.  The agreement was signed on August 7, 2009.  The signing ceremony took place in Seoul and the agreement was signed by Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma and South Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong Hoon.
 The negotiations lasted three and a half years and the first meeting took place in February 2006. The agreement was adopted by the South Korean Parliament on 6 November 2009.  It was passed next week by the Indian Parliament.  After its adoption, the agreement came into force sixty days later, on 1 January 2010.  This is a free trade agreement.  The agreement will allow the Indian service industry in South Korea to have better access. Services include information technology, engineering, finance and the legal sector.  In South Korea, tariffs are reduced to less than 1%.  All this time, Korean companies have flooded India with cheaper imports of raw metals, steel and finished products. The agreement for South Korea added to a large list of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements established under Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.  With regard to India, the negotiations coincided with the Look East initiative of then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which promised greater regional integration between India and East Asian markets.