There are well over 100,000 Indian nationals residing in New Zealand. Negotiations on the agreement began in April 2010. The last round of formal negotiations (round 10) took place in Delhi in February 2015. The 20 chapters of the agreement are comprehensive and go beyond the liberalization of goods and services. Rules for digital trade, the movement of people, the functioning of small and medium-sized enterprises, public procurement and intellectual property are put in place, areas rarely dealt with in other ATPs. In order to make progress towards India`s return to RCEP, the two countries should strengthen bilateral initiatives in addition to multilateral dialogues and negotiations. . . .