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Bush plan that critics call ’NAFTA on steroids’ stalls
President Bush’s goal for a free-trade zone encompassing the entire Western Hemisphere faces growing opposition in the United States and abroad.
Dominican Republic excluded from CAFTA
The Bush administration has decided to exclude the Dominican Republic from the Central American Free Trade Agreement because the Dominican Republic has adopted a tax on products containing high fructose corn syrup, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said.
Milking Thailand: The Thai-Australia Free Trade Agreement
In Thailand, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) debates were heated. Farmers and critics claim that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s government sold out small farmers to their own big business interests. They took to the streets in protest while Thaksin lambasted them and obscured negotiation details.
Thailand: Academics call for temporary suspension of FTA talks with US
Thai academics called on the government on Friday to temporarily suspend ongoing free trade area (FTA) negotiations with the United States, and suggested it to identify impacts on the country’s intellectual property rights and agricultural products.
The Thai dairy sector under liberalised trade conditions
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Japan, Thailand edge toward free-trade deal, without rice
Trade negotiators from Japan and Thailand resumed free-trade talks Monday after Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra decided to withdraw rice from the negotiating table.
Free trade talks : Japanese protesters cry fowl
Chicken farmers from Japan have descended on Bangkok this week to lobby for the withdrawal of poultry products from free-trade talks, following the success of Japanese farmers in getting Thailand to drop rice.
Central America is Not for Sale
A call for organizational sign-ons from the Central America is Not For Sale Coalition
Andean FTA hailed by US Wheat Associates
An Andean Free Trade Agreement has the potential to provide real benefits to US wheat producers and exporters, since Ecuador, Peru and Colombia have combined annual wheat imports of three million metric tons.
NGOs request "EFTA countries shall not endanger public health and food security in Southern Africa"
Today 57 organizations sent a letter to the trade and foreign ministers of EFTA member states urging them not to include provisions that would restrict access to medicines and farmers rights under the EFTA-SACU FTA
US-Andean talks even worse than feared
Barring major turns, any deal emerging from the talks will be a disaster for most Colombians.
Korea must choose between FTA and screen quota: US Ambassador
US ambassador to Korea Christopher Hill said on Monday that the Korean government and people had to choose between an FTA and Korea’s screen quota system.
Bush won’t dissolve sugar jobs
Handled with care. That is the best way to describe how the Bush administration has dealt with sugar in America’s international trade agreements.
US, Andean countries fail to make progress in FTA talks
The fifth round of negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru ended Friday without progress in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil. The controversial issues were agriculture and intellectual property.
Philippine gov’t reports big progress in talks with Japan
The Philippines reported significant progress in talks to sign a free-trade pact by the end of the year with Japan.
Japan: FTA talks with 3 nations at crucial stage
Japan’s ongoing negotiations over free trade agreements with Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand are entering a crucial stage.
EU, Mercosur fail to reach agreement
Talks between the European Union and the four-nation South American Mercosur trade bloc, aimed at building the world’s largest free-trade area, will be extended into 2005
Agriculture and the Andean FTA: What’s at stake in Colombia?
On May 18, 2004, trade representatives from the United States and the Andean region met in Cartagena, Colombia to begin negotiations for a new set of bilateral trade agreements known collectively as the Andean Free Trade Agreement.
Peru to review ban on Thai rice imports
Thailand and Peru have edged closer to forming a free trade area (FTA) following discussions between Thai Trade Representative Kantathir Suphamongkhon and Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, in which the Peruvian leader promised to exercise greater trade flexibility with Thailand than with other countries, and to review a ban on the import of Thai rice.
NGOs fear trade-off in RP-Japan trade talks
Talks of a possible trade-off between the local agriculture and industrial sectors in the on-going trade negotiations for the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) are worrying various sectors.