This week’s meeting between foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is expected to focus on drafting a road map for deepening political and economic relations, including negotiations on a major comprehensive free trade agreement.
The selection of a country to host a body to conduct research on trade liberalization around the Asia-Pacific region has been put on hold due to the rivalry among countries wishing to be home to its headquarters.
The eighth round of trade talks between New Zealand, Australia and 10 Southeast Asian countries begins in Wellington on Tuesday as negotiators try to reach a deal by the end of the year.
Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will not be able to wrap up their negotiations for an economic partnership agreement by the end of next month and now hope to strike a deal by June or July.
Civil society movements and organisations from ASEAN and Europe express strong concerns about the proposed EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA) slated to be concluded within the next two years.
Southeast Asia’s regional bloc and the European Union may launch negotiations in May for an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement, officials said Tuesday.
The European Union is seeking ASEAN investors for its new member states with a free trade agreement in the pipeline, the ambassador of the EU Commission said in a broadcast report on Wednesday.
A planned free-trade agreement (FTA) between Asean and the European Union hit a snag recently, as the EU might not sign if the agreement includes Burma, says a senior Thai official.
While the government’s decision to reduce import duty on palm oil could be interpreted as India’s signal to the Asean about its seriousness to sign the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) in July, several issues need to be settled before the deal is through.
Negotiations for an ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand free trade agreement will resume in Wellington in March.
The much-delayed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with ASEAN could see the light of day sooner rather than later. Over the weekend, the two sides agreed on the broad contours of the agreement, which is expected to be signed by July.
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed on Sunday in Cebu an agreement on Trade in Services of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area.
We call on Governments to review existing FTAs and, to postpone for further examination and public scrutiny the FTAs currently being negotiated or proposed, particularly the proposed EU-ASEAN FTA, and FTAs with Japan and the United States under consideration by several ASEAN members.
The proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the Asean countries is unlikely to materialise during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the Philippines for the Asean summit beginning January 10.
The way India has traditionally managed its border areas - security being the prime concern - will undergo a radical change this year with the Cabinet Committee on Security clearing a revamp of the infrastructure at major land borders to facilitate trade and commerce.
Asean’s primary interest lies in palm oil where it has demanded that duties should be pruned to 30-40% within five years of the implementation of the agreement instead of 50% within 10-12 years period as suggested by India. At present, palm oil attracts a duty of 75%.
India’s Christmas offer to cut its negative list to mollify the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) to speed up the snail-paced free trade agreement (FTA) talks does not seem to impress the 10-member regional grouping.
Thailand remained with a deficit of more than Bt1.7 billion (about US$46.6 million) in trade with China under the ASEAN-Sino Free Trade Area (FTA) agreement during the first nine months of this year, according to the Foreign Trade Department.
In a country where oil diplomacy usually relates to petroleum resources, the year 2006 must have come as a lesson for top trade and foreign policy makers.
New Hope, one of China’s biggest privately owned companies, is not alone in betting on the business opportunities resulting from the China-Asean FTA and other FTAs with China as a partner.