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ASEAN economic ministers rush signing of 6 accords
Economic Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) rushed on Friday night the signing of six agreements including two protocols to the ASEAN-China FTA. The agreement on trade and services with China was left unsigned.
Fishers planning summit protest alarmed by security measures
Fisher folk groups are opposing the ASEAN’s Roadmap to Fisheries Integration, saying the facilitation of free trade of fisheries products without consideration for the biological limits to fisheries productivity would lead to overfishing and adversely affect artisanal fishers who could not compete with commercial fishing fleets.
Asean doubles its negative list for FTA with India
Asean has given a jolt to India by deciding to almost double its negative list for the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with India.
Asean-Japan talks on shaky ground
Negotiations for the free-trade agreement (FTA) between Southeast Asian countries and Japan may fail as Japan is planning to request that over 500 products be excluded from the deal.
US wary of move for E Asian economic integration
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s reported move to launch discussions on the creation of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific region (FTAAP) reflects Washington’s wariness of an initiative for East Asia’s economic integration centering around the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Delhi divided over Chinese ’threat’
Ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to New Delhi this month, security concerns about firms from his country investing in India is turning into a touchy issue.
US wants APEC-wide free trade pact: report
The United States has sounded out its Asian and Pacific partners on the possibility of creating a regional free trade agreement as a ‘middle- and long-term’ objective, a press report said on Sunday.
ASEAN’s new charter: Don’t look now
It could be the most significant development for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since it was established in 1967. Yet few among the regional bloc’s 550 million people are even aware that they are about to have a charter for closer cooperation and economic integration.
China, ASEAN move toward closer quarantine cooperation ahead FTA
China and ASEAN should set up a mechanism to facilitate the cooperation on inspection and quarantine against public health risks posed by tremendous people and goods flow after the formation of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (FTA), experts and officials said Thursday.
Japan to prioritize FTA negotiations with ASEAN
Japanese cabinet ministers agreed on Thursday to accelerate negotiations on bilateral free trade agreements (FTA), placing top priority on FTA talks with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Japan to accelerate FTA talks with GCC, East Asia
Japan will revitalize its efforts to conclude free trade agreements (FTAs) and investment accords with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), East Asia and India, the top government spokesman said Thursday.
PM has suggested agriculturists to study FTA and plan for long-term
Thailand’s Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has advised farmers to study the impacts of the China-ASEAN free trade area (FTA) and find ways to handle them.
ASEAN-China summit to work on free trade agreement encompassing one-third of world’s population
Leaders from China and the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations will open a summit on the Chinese city of Nanning as both sides prepare the groundwork for a free trade agreement that would encompass at least one-third of the world’s population.
RP sponsors Asean for Jpepa-like deal
As a bilateral agreement between Japan and Philippines on free trade has been submitted for close scrutiny by Congress over alleged provisions that would allow the dumping of toxic wastes in the country, Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila is now negotiating in behalf of the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for a similar trade liberalization deal.
India, ASEAN to meet next month for FTA talks
India and ASEAN will make another attempt next month to break the deadlock in talks for a Free Trade Agreement, which if clinched would come into force in 2007.
S. Korea to introduce import safeguards for FTA with ASEAN
South Korea plans to introduce special safeguard measures to protect local companies from import surges that may occur once its free trade pact with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) goes into effect, the government said Monday.
India-ASEAN cooperation in services - an overview
India and ASEAN have complementary expectations from the FTA under negotiation. While ASEAN stands to gain most in goods liberalisation, India’s interests clearly lie in services.
Asean negative list covers only 80% products: India
In an interesting reversal of roles in the on-going India-Asean free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, India has expressed dissatisfaction with Asean’s negative list of items (products to be excluded from duty reduction commitments) and has asked for amendments in order to enhance market access for Indian products.
Malaysia, EU agree to launch talks for broad cooperation pact
Malaysia and the European Union agreed Monday to launch negotiations for a broad cooperation pact that could lead to an eventual free trade agreement, a top EU official said.
Talks on ASEAN FTA may resume next week
India and ASEAN will resume negotiations on the proposed free trade agreement next week in a bid to conclude talks by the end of this year.