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Negotiations

COMESA prepares for regional trade facilitation

4-Sep-2015 The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has conducted training workshops for stakeholders in transit trade in preparation for the implementation of regional trade facilitation instruments.


Key issues

Ecuadorians can sue Chevron in Canada, Supreme Court rules

4-Sep-2015 The Globe and MailEcuadorian villagers can sue Chevron and its Canadian subsidiary in an Ontario court to enforce a $9.5-billion (U.S.) judgment from Ecuador.

  • 4-Sep-2015 Rebelión
    Bienvenidos a la guerra de los acuerdos comerciales
    China sigue creciendo a un no demasiado deshonroso 7 %. Y sin embargo, debido a la devaluación del yuan y la aguda caída en el mercado bursátil, en la mayoría de las capitales occidentales la narrativa cambió al Armagedón impuesto a un modelo económico que generó, durante años, un crecimiento que sextuplicó el PIB chino.
  • 4-Sep-2015 Rebelión
    Bienvenidos a la guerra de los acuerdos comerciales
    China sigue creciendo a un no demasiado deshonroso 7 %. Y sin embargo, debido a la devaluación del yuan y la aguda caída en el mercado bursátil, en la mayoría de las capitales occidentales la narrativa cambió al Armagedón impuesto a un modelo económico que generó, durante años, un crecimiento que sextuplicó el PIB chino.
  • 3-Sep-2015 Just Style
    Trade agreements: EU grows bilateral and regional FTAs
    Free trade agreements (FTAs) between the European Union (EU) and its trading partners worldwide have mushroomed in recent years and more are in the pipeline.
  • 3-Sep-2015 Just Style
    Trade agreements: EU grows bilateral and regional FTAs
    Free trade agreements (FTAs) between the European Union (EU) and its trading partners worldwide have mushroomed in recent years and more are in the pipeline.
  • 3-Sep-2015 Counter Punch
    For the love of water: El Salvador’s mining ban
    Over 90 percent of El Salvador’s surface water is contaminated with industrial chemicals, making it unsuitable to drink even if the water is boiled, chlorinated or filtered beforehand. A new action plan for passing a nationwide ban has begun to unfold, as Salvadorans await the outcome of the Pacific Rime ICSID case.
  • 3-Sep-2015 Counter Punch
    For the love of water: El Salvador’s mining ban
    Over 90 percent of El Salvador’s surface water is contaminated with industrial chemicals, making it unsuitable to drink even if the water is boiled, chlorinated or filtered beforehand. A new action plan for passing a nationwide ban has begun to unfold, as Salvadorans await the outcome of the Pacific Rime ICSID case.
  • 2-Sep-2015
    Quiebra azucarera a la mexicana
    La reducción de aranceles de azúcar en Colombia pone en riesgo los 188 mil empleos que genera la agroindustria de la caña en 48 municipios y la estabilidad de 350 mil familias paneleras, que se ven afectadas por lo que le suceda al azúcar a lo largo y ancho del territorio nacional
  • 2-Sep-2015
    Quiebra azucarera a la mexicana
    La reducción de aranceles de azúcar en Colombia pone en riesgo los 188 mil empleos que genera la agroindustria de la caña en 48 municipios y la estabilidad de 350 mil familias paneleras, que se ven afectadas por lo que le suceda al azúcar a lo largo y ancho del territorio nacional
  • 2-Sep-2015 Astro Awani
    ASEAN govts should consider incentives for flexible employment arrangements
    ASEAN governments should consider giving further incentives for expenses incurred by employers in implementing flexible employment arrangements.
  • 2-Sep-2015 Astro Awani
    ASEAN govts should consider incentives for flexible employment arrangements
    ASEAN governments should consider giving further incentives for expenses incurred by employers in implementing flexible employment arrangements.
  • 1-Sep-2015 Food Dive
    TPP, TTIP, organic equivalencies — trade...
    TPP, TTIP, organic equivalencies — trade agreements have been all over the headlines for the past few months. But what is the impact for food and beverage companies in the U.S.?
    more
  • 1-Sep-2015 Food Dive
    TPP, TTIP, organic equivalencies — trade...
    TPP, TTIP, organic equivalencies — trade agreements have been all over the headlines for the past few months. But what is the impact for food and beverage companies in the U.S.?
    more

Texts of agreements

5-Aug-2015  | TPP: draft IP chapter (May 2015) As leaked by KEI on 4 August 2015
4-Aug-2015  | RCEP: draft IP text from ASEAN (Oct 2014) As published by KEI
4-Aug-2015  | RCEP: draft IP text from India (Oct 2014) As published by KEI
21-Jul-2015  | Brazil-Malawi ICFA (2015)

Comments

3-Sep-2015  Disastrous TPP
John Swaim: TPP is a Tyranny Protection Plan.
1-Sep-2015  Job opening: bilaterals.org and ISDS platform shared coordinator
Ellen Elmore: Hello, I am interested in your job posting. I have looked over your post and your website and I am curious to whom I should address my letter
29-Aug-2015  The perfect pinta vs. the TTIP trade tanker
SARAH: I am in New Zealand. We also have the same problems and we have the dreaded TPPA, which is the same as the TTIP. If all the farmers around the