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Asean FTA conclusion sets stage for India’s massive re-entry to region
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.
Asean services pact talks concluded
India and the Asssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the 10-member regional grouping, moved closer on Thursday to completing a bilateral trade pact, by finalising a free trade agreement (FTA) on services and investments. They are expected to sign the pact in August 2013.
ASEAN, India conclude FTA talks on services, investment
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) concluded a long-bargained free trade agreement (FTA) with India on services and investment on Wednesday ahead of a two-day commemorative summit in New Delhi, India.
Asean-India FTA likely to be finalised at summit
The long awaited Free Trade Agreement between Asean and India in the services and investment sectors will most likely be finalised at a summit in New Delhi this week.
Malaysia aims to conclude Asean-India Free Trade Agreement by December
Malaysia aims to conclude the Asean-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the services and investment sectors by early December, said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Govt seeks Europe trade pact
The Commerce Ministry is gearing up to negotiate the Thai-European Union Free Trade Agreement following pressure from the private sector for the pact to come into force in 2015.
Taiwan should focus on joining RCEP, instead of TPP: scholars
Taiwan should focus on joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), instead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), local scholars said Friday.
Push for huge free trade agreement by 2015
A new giant Asian free trade negotiation was launched last night at the end of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, with a goal to complete the deal by the end of 2015.
Service sector hurdles may block expanding ASEAN-India FTA
ASEAN member nations are committing to forging an expanded FTA with India in late December, despite hurdles in the service sector, with negotiations not progressing as expected, Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said late Monday.
BBL concerned for future of trade with EU
Bangkok Bank is urging the government to put the negotiations for a Thai-European Union free trade agreement on the fast track in case the EU ends its tax cuts for imports from Thailand.
India, ASEAN FTA talks on services, investment in final stages
Negotiations on the much-delayed Free Trade Agreement in Services and Investment between India and 10-nation ASEAN grouping are in the final stages and effort is being made to conclude these by next month.
Asean-India FTA negotiations reach deadlock
Negotiations to widen the Asean-India free trade agreement in the services and investment sectors have reached a deadlock.
ASEAN set to ink deals with China
ASEAN and Chinese leaders are set to ink two Free Trade Agreements at a bilateral summit later this month: one on sanitary and phytosanitary (animal and plant health) standards; the other would give officials more flexibility in facilitating growth between ASEAN and China.
DNA exclusive: India digs in heels on free trade pact with Asean
Ahead of the Indo-Asean summit on free trade agreement on November 19, India is considering the proposal of suspending negotiations on both services and investment.
Robust growth keeps PH on track to AEC 2015
In an interview with Rappler before the October 23 forum on ASEAN 2015, ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Dr. Lim Hong Hin said the Philippines’ progress in meeting the agreements under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has been significant.
ASEAN+6 set to launch world’s biggest free-trade market
ASEAN and six Asian leaders will this November announce the official establishment of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which will be the biggest free-trade market on the globe, offsetting the power of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
’Only tuna industry will benefit from EU-PH trade deal’
If the government pursues a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Euopean Union (EU), only the tuna industry is bound to benefit from it.
HIV patients urge caution on EU FTA talks
People afflicted with the Aids virus have called on the government to proceed carefully on free-trade negotiations with the European Union, as the latter’s demands for copyright protection could make it difficult for patients to access cheap medicines.
DTI spreads awareness of free trade agreements to increase their usage
The Department of Trade and Industry has intensified its information campaign about the country’s free trade agreements in a bid to increase their utilization rate this year.
Korea, Vietnam Hold 1st Round of FTA Talks
The first round of free trade agreement talks between Vietnam and Korea kicked off on Monday in Seoul. During the talks that will continue until Tuesday, the two countries will discuss how to proceed with the negotiations. Seoul’s foreign ministry expects the bilateral trade pact to enhance an existing free trade agreement with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations that took effect in 2007.