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Trade focus shifts
With the collapse of the World Trade Organization talks this week, members of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum are looking forward to working out a deal that would help its 21 members.
21-member APEC pushes trade agenda
The 21-member countries of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), seen to be playing a crucial role in pushing for the conclusion of the stalled Doha Development Round of the WTO, are moving ahead with its agenda of improving market access and substantial reductions in market-distorting measures in agricultural trade in light of the soaring food prices.
Possible free trade deal for Asia-Pacific?
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says his proposed new regional organisation could produce an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement which would mean big benefits for Australia.
Jane Kelsey - Critical overview of APEC’s agenda
The objective of the neoliberal camp is to link together the tangle of FTAs that is emerging in the region into a grand Asia Pacific FTA.
Squeezed: The real cost of free trade in the Asia-Pacific
Filmed in Thailand and The Philippines in July 2007, Squeezed tells the story of how free trade agreements and globalisation are changing the lives of millions of people living in the Asia-Pacific region.
APEC eyes merging trade pacts in region to create APEC-wide FTA
Pacific Rim leaders are expected at their summit next month to consider combining existing bilateral and regional free trade agreements in the region as a way of creating a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, according to a draft report of policy recommendations to the leaders.
ALBA = real fair trade
At the APEC protests in September, while APEC leaders discuss new ways to exploit poor countries and increase profits for rich countries, we should demand our own ALBA-style agreement for the Asia Pacific as a way to build a world based on justice and equality.
APRN strategy workshop on FTAs
The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) and AID/WATCH are pleased to invite you to a strategy workshop on the FTAs entitled: “To Oppose FTAs: Making People Matter”, that will take place on September 4-6, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. The Strategy Workshop on the FTAs is an open and public gathering of trade campaigners within the region specifically timed to coincide with the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Sydney.
Goff moots idea of regional free trade deal
Trade minister Phil Goff has floated the prospect of a regional free trade deal comprising the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Brunei and South Korea.
Japan keeps rice out of free trade proposals
Japan’s trade supremo Akira Amari has ruled out opening up the country’s rice market in a free trade agreement with Australia, saying Japan’s aim is to secure a deal that covers "90 per cent" of trade between the two countries.
APEC talks rule out Asia-Pacific free trade push
A free trade agreement between APEC countries, including manufacturing giant China, appears to be off the table.
Apec trade ministers to mull ways to harmonise RTAs & FTAs
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) trade ministers will meet next week to mull ways to standardise rules in regional and free trade pacts so that countries face fewer complications when they are members of several accords.
US offers Canberra a Doha fallback over trade
Australia could be invited to join the North American Free Trade Agreement as part of a strategy among Asia-Pacific nations to deal with the collapse of world trade talks.
Philippines says poor APEC members cautious on trade
Developing economies within APEC were lukewarm to moves by wealthier members to use the annual forum to hammer out a free-trade area, a senior Philippine diplomat said on Monday.
Toward a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific
At their latest annual summit in Vietnam in November 2006, the leaders of the 21 members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum agreed to “seriously consider” negotiating a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).
APEC moves towards free trade mining
Asia Pacific mining ministers wound up a talkfest in Perth today vowing to explore a free trade agreement between Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) members that would dwarf all other FTAs.
APEC ’too busy’ for free trade deal, says Canberra
Australia has dismissed plans for an APEC free trade agreement, arguing that member countries are too busy cementing other trade deals to give it serious attention.
Transcript: Susan Schwab interview
Susan Schwab, US trade representative, on the prospects for turning the 21 economies of Apec into a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP); current talks about bilateral trade deals in Asia; the expiration in June next year of trade promotion authority (TPA); and the expected signing of a bilateral trade agreement between the US and Russia.
APEC puts off consideration of region-wide free-trade deal
A US proposal to set up a massive Pacific Rim free-trade zone will be set aside for study until a regional meeting next year in Australia, a Japanese official said Wednesday.
Thais against Apec FTA
Thailand opposes a US proposal to upgrade the voluntary Apec trade agreement to a legally binding Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, saying it is unnecessary and impractical.