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Thai-EU FTA raises alarm for people with AIDS | 30-December-2012

Days before leaders of the European Union arrived in Norway to collect this year’s Nobel Peace prize, Thai public health activists sent a letter to the northern powerhouse, warning that the EU’s 2012 accolades face a credibility test in this Southeast Asian country.

Perú: Congreso formaliza ratificación del TLC con la Unión Europea | 29-December-2012

El Congreso de la República formalizó hoy la ratificación del Acuerdo Comercial entre Perú y Colombia, por una parte, y la Unión Europea y sus Estados miembros, por otra, conocido como Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC), que fue suscrito en la ciudad de Bruselas (Bélgica) en junio pasado.

Colombia y Corea del Sur firmarán TLC en febrero | 29-December-2012

Corea del Sur y Colombia firmarán en febrero el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) bilateral que prevé la eliminación en 10 años de casi todos los aranceles entre ambos países, indicó el ministro de Comercio, Industria y Turismo colombiano, Sergio Díaz-Granados.

Négociations de l’accord de libre-échange Canada-UE - Nouveau rendez-vous manqué | 29-December-2012

La fin des négociations de libre-échange entre le Canada et l’Europe devra attendre encore un peu.

Accord bilatéral : L’UE soutient l’adhésion de la Bosnie-Herzégovine à l’OMC | 29-December-2012

Le commissaire européen au commerce Karel De Gucht et le ministre du commerce extérieur et des relations économiques de Bosnie-Herzégovine Mirko Šarovic ont signé mercredi un accord relatif à l’adhésion de la Bosnie-Herzégovine à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC).

Mexico finds unlikely allies in trade fight | 27-December-2012

As tomato growers in Florida and some other states fight a 16-year-old agreement that they contend allows farmers in Mexico to export tomatoes at a price below their costs, the Mexican farmers are finding allies in the United States.

Investment protection clause: India can’t do a Maldives without paying a price | 24-December-2012

Recent disputes, including the GMR-Maldives government row and the clash between foreign telecom firms Telenor, Sistema, Etisalat and Vodafone and the Indian government, have exposed India’s vulnerable position in investment agreements. While the foreign telecom companies can use a potent weapon - the ’investment protection’ clause in bilateral treaties - against India, GMR cannot do the same with Maldives.

US commends Nicaragua’s trade liberalization | 23-December-2012

The U.S. government is commending Nicaragua for its continued trade liberalization and integration into the global economy under the Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega.

BD-India bilateral trade up by 20pc | 23-December-2012

Bilateral trade between Bangladesh and India rose nearly 20 per cent to more than US$ 4.50 billion in the fiscal year (FY) 2011-12 following reduction of sensitive lists by the relevant authorities in both the countries in late 2011.

Duty-free access: Infrastructure hurdles restrict Pak-India trade | 23-December-2012

Businessmen and traders of Pakistan and India have agreed that infrastructure bottlenecks are hindering the growth in trade relations between the two sides and these should be removed to deepen the ties.

SRA wants sugar quota allocation from Japan | 23-December-2012

The government is asking Japan that Filipino sugar exporters be given a regular quota of 150,000-200,000 metric tons per year under the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA).

Obstacles to an Indonesia-Taiwan economic partnership | 23-December-2012

More often than not, whenever a Taiwanese official pays a visit to Jakarta, there is usually one question on his mind: “Dude […] where’s my FTA?”

Asean FTA conclusion sets stage for India’s massive re-entry to region | 23-December-2012

The India-Asean commemorative summit just concluded in Delhi has been widely acknowledged as one of India’s recent successful diplomatic initiatives. As many as nine heads of states and governments out of ten Asean states attended — Philippines sent its vice-president because the president was unwell — along with a total of 47 ministers, proving, if proof were needed, that when Delhi puts its heart into something, it usually turns out alright.

Different trade agreements to boost textile industry | 23-December-2012

Advisor to Prime Minister on Textile Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig said that trade concessions on 65 items from the EU, implementation of GSP plus status from Jan 1, 2014, preferential trade agreement (PTA) with Turkey, signing the second phase of free trade agreement (FTA) with China and trade opportunities with India are reasons for buoyancy in textiles.

Portugal expects FTA to bolster EU-GCC trade ties | 23-December-2012

Buoyed by a big surge in exports to Dubai, Portugal said on Thursday that it expects to significantly boost its trade with the GCC after the conclusion of a long-awaited free-trade agreement between the European Union and the GCC.

ICSID: Ecuador Unlawfully Seized U.S. Firm’s Oil Investments | 23-December-2012

The World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes has handed down a ruling against the Ecuadorian government, finding that it “unlawfully expropriated” U.S. firm Burlington Resources’ investments in two oil blocks.

Information gap holding back EAC integration | 23-December-2012

Lack of public information on the operations of the East Africa Community has been blamed for the slow integration among member states.

LDP needs to placate internal foes to TPP entry | 23-December-2012

After regaining power in Sunday’s general election, the Liberal Democratic Party now faces the challenge of reaching internal consensus on whether Japan should join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks.

TPP decision may come before upper house vote | 23-December-2012

A decision on whether Japan will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free-trade talks could come before the House of Councillors election next summer, which is considered the deadline for declaring participation in the talks, according to observers.

La propriété intellectuelle dans CETA appliquée aux semences | 23-December-2012

En vertu du CETA, un agriculteur accusé d’être frauduleusement en possession d’une variété végétale protégée ou une variété de semences portant un gène breveté pourrait voir ses biens saisis, ses comptes bancaires gelés (art 15).

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