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Negotiations

Africa to launch Continental Free Trade Agreement negotiations

29-May-2015Xinhua African countries will launch the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) negotiations at the upcoming African Union Summit scheduled for mid-June this year, it was announced on Thursday.


Key issues

Los jornaleros del Valle de San Quintín, reflejo de la ignominia y los reclamos de justicia

28-May-2015 Alai NetSan Quintín es una muestra fehaciente y vigente de los diversos procesos que componen un sistema de explotación laboral contemporáneo

  • 28-May-2015 Live Mint
    Why India is not joining trade in services agreement
    Even though India has been insisting on negotiating services agreements in all ongoing bilateral trade agreements, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, to tap its rapidly growing young skilled workforce, it has so far desisted from joining a plurilateral trade in services agreement (Tisa) being negotiated among 24 countries.
  • 28-May-2015 Live Mint
    Why India is not joining trade in services agreement
    Even though India has been insisting on negotiating services agreements in all ongoing bilateral trade agreements, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, to tap its rapidly growing young skilled workforce, it has so far desisted from joining a plurilateral trade in services agreement (Tisa) being negotiated among 24 countries.
  • 26-May-2015 Reuters
    China-led lender adds urgency to Japan’s pursuit of pan-Pacific trade pact
    "If the new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank goes ahead and TPP fails .... perception-wise it will hurt in the leadership contest for the Asia-Pacific," a Japanese government source told Reuters.
  • 26-May-2015 Reuters
    China-led lender adds urgency to Japan’s pursuit of pan-Pacific trade pact
    "If the new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank goes ahead and TPP fails .... perception-wise it will hurt in the leadership contest for the Asia-Pacific," a Japanese government source told Reuters.
  • 25-May-2015 Korea Herald
    Korean government criticized for lack of transparency on ISDS suit
    While the South Korean government is facing its second international arbitration under the investor-state dispute settlement system, civic groups are demanding that the details should be made public as they could cost several billion dollars of taxpayers’ money.
  • 25-May-2015 Korea Herald
    Korean government criticized for lack of transparency on ISDS suit
    While the South Korean government is facing its second international arbitration under the investor-state dispute settlement system, civic groups are demanding that the details should be made public as they could cost several billion dollars of taxpayers’ money.
  • 25-May-2015 The Ecologist
    Stopping the corporate power grab — it’s not all just about TTIP
    In the rush to oppose TTIP we mustn’t lose sight of the context in which the deal is being negotiated — the hundreds of bilateral treaties that give corporations the right to sue in secret ’trade courts’.
  • 25-May-2015 The Ecologist
    Stopping the corporate power grab — it’s not all just about TTIP
    In the rush to oppose TTIP we mustn’t lose sight of the context in which the deal is being negotiated — the hundreds of bilateral treaties that give corporations the right to sue in secret ’trade courts’.
  • 18-May-2015 TV Campesina
    Fian: Sobre los Tratados de Libre Comercio
    Sofía Monsalve de Fian Internacional en entrevista habla sobre las amenazas más graves que enfrenta la alimentación y nutrición, en el marco de los Tratados de Libre Comercio, y que tiene que ver con el control que ejercen las Transnacionales sobre nuestros sistemas alimentarios, que además esta relacionado con el acaparamiento de tierras y aguas vinculados con fondos financieros, grandes empresas de agrotóxicos y del control de comercio.
  • 18-May-2015 TV Campesina
    Fian: Sobre los Tratados de Libre Comercio
    Sofía Monsalve de Fian Internacional en entrevista habla sobre las amenazas más graves que enfrenta la alimentación y nutrición, en el marco de los Tratados de Libre Comercio, y que tiene que ver con el control que ejercen las Transnacionales sobre nuestros sistemas alimentarios, que además esta relacionado con el acaparamiento de tierras y aguas vinculados con fondos financieros, grandes empresas de agrotóxicos y del control de comercio.
  • 18-May-2015 Jakarta Post
    Renegotiating the bite of our BITs
    Apart from its network of BITs, Indonesia is also a party to a number of multilateral and regional investment agreements such as the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement which also contain an ISDS clause, including recourse to ICSID arbitration.
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  • 18-May-2015 Jakarta Post
    Renegotiating the bite of our BITs
    Apart from its network of BITs, Indonesia is also a party to a number of multilateral and regional investment agreements such as the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement which also contain an ISDS clause, including recourse to ICSID arbitration.
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Texts of agreements

27-Apr-2015  | PACER-plus Trade in Services text (draft of April 2015) This is the leaked Draft Trade in Services text from the PACER Plus Intersessional meeting in Port Vila, 31 March - 02 April 2015.
26-Mar-2015  | TPP - draft investment chapter (2015) Text of 20 Jan 2015 as released by WikiLeaks
24-Mar-2015  | India draft model BIT (2015) Open for comment until 10 April 2015.
10-Mar-2015  | TiSA: EU negotiating mandate (2013) As published by the European Council on 10 March 2015

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