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600,000 sugar workers’ jobs in peril when ASEAN Free Trade Agreement takes effect in 2015 - SRA
The implementation of the Common Effective Preferential Tariff scheme under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) in 2015 may imperil the livelihood of about 62,000 sugar farmers and 600,000 sugar workers in the Philippines, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said.
China, ASEAN to negotiate on FTA upgrade
China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed Tuesday to negotiate on upgrading a free trade area (FTA) to ensure that it remained dynamic and commercially relevant.
Signing of India-ASEAN FTA likely via circulation process soon
India, which did not attend the ASEAN ministers meeting this week, will propose a circulation process for signing the India-ASEAN trade pact in services and investments.
India, ASEAN likely to sign FTA later this month
India and the 10-nation ASEAN are likely to sign the long-delayed free trade agreement in services and investments later this month when their economic and trade ministers meet.
ASEAN-India services and investment FTA inches closer to implementation
The ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Services and Investment is one step closer to implementation following approval by Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce to accept the terms outlined in the region-wide agreement.
Foreign ministers rekindle interest in EU-ASEAN FTA
It is expected that the EU FTAs currently under negotiation with Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, and the deal already concluded with Singapore, will eventually be used as the basis for a rejuvenated region-to-region FTA.
UPA may have left another can of worms in Anand Sharma’s free trade agreements
One of the most serious long-term damages done by any ministry under the UPA — in India — was commerce under Anand Sharma.
ASEAN holds out prospect of regional FTA with EU
Foreign ministers from the two regional blocs reaffirmed their commitment to possibly resuming negotiations on an EU-ASEAN FTA, upon realization of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of 2015.
ASEAN, Hong Kong start FTA negotiations
The first round of negotiations on the proposed free trade agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held on July 10 and 11.
Thailand agrees to sign deal on more services
The Thai military junta has given the green light for the country to sign an agreement on the services sector among Asean members in another 24 services, as well as to sign the Asean-India Free Trade Agreement on the services sector during the upcoming Asean Economic Ministers meeting in Myanmar on Aug 24-26.
Hong Kong consults on FTA with ASEAN
Hong Kong’s Government has initiated a public consultation on the proposed free trade agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Proposed Asean-Hong Kong FTA has Manila’s backing
Manila is strongly supporting the proposed Asean-Hong Kong free-trade agreement (FTA) as this would further ease the flow of trade between China and the Philippines.
Indonesia terminates its BIT with the Netherlands from 1 July 2015 and may terminate all of its BITs
While certain countries have terminated individual BITs, termination of all BITs would be unprecedented.
Process to sign FTA with ASEAN completed: Salman Khurshid
India has completed the internal process for signing the much-waited free trade agreement in services and investments with ASEAN which is set to significantly boost its economic engagement with the 10-nation grouping.
Asean free trade agreement with HK expected to benefit PH
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is eyeing to forge a free trade agreement with Hong Kong, which is seen to benefit the Philippines significantly, according to Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo.
Now, India eyeing Mekong-India Economic Corridor
The idea of a Mekong-India Economic Corridor — a network of land and sea infrastructure connecting India, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam — is gaining traction with the upcoming signing of the India-ASEAN services and investment deal.
Concerns over FTA with EU raised
While details of a possible trade pact between the Philippines and the European Union (EU) have yet to be finalized, a non-government organization has expressed concern that the agreement would be too ambitious for the Philippines and undermine its development.
PH well positioned for free trade deal with EU
The Philippines is now in a position to start working on free trade agreements with the European Union, according to the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport).
India Inc unable to reap benefits of Goods FTA with ASEAN: FICCI
Indian companies have been unable to capitalise on potential benefits arising out of the free trade agreement on "goods" between India and ASEAN, industry lobby Ficci has found.
China to negotiate upgraded FTA with ASEAN
China is ready to start talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over an upgrade of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) at an early date, said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang here on Friday.