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Strengthening trade links with our South-East Asian partners
ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand have progressed negotiations to upgrade the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).
EU trade deal could be inked by 2024
Negotiations for a long-lasting free trade deal between Australia and the European Union are on the eve of being finalised, with hopes an agreement will be ratified by 2024.
FTA negotiations top priority for Ayers in Cambodia
Australia’s assistant minister for trade Tim Ayres will attend the 45th meeting for ASEAN economic ministers, with main missions to progress a trade and investment relationship with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members.
British investors could sue Australia over climate action if UK joins trans-Pacific trade pact
It’s a portent of claims Australia may face from British companies invested in Australia’s fossil-fuel industries if the United Kingdom gets its way and joins the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The ECTA not just a trade deal but an outcome of larger systemic confidence with Australia: S Jaishankar
India Australia leadership dialogue is taking place as India Australia relations have shifted gears and moved into a higher orbit.
Green hydrogen opportunities for Aust, UK
Under the free trade agreement, the two nations have pledged to work together in developing and accelerating cost-effective low and zero emissions technologies as well as supporting clean and renewable energy sources and infrastructure.
State of play in EU trade policy
After a slow year, the EU’s free trade agenda is picking up speed under the Czech EU Council presidency. Nevertheless, more momentum still seems to be on the unilateral trade measures currently being negotiated in the bloc.
Activists warn about pesticide use on Indian farms as FTA deadline looms
The UK government should ensure any free trade agreement with agriculture giant India does not allow pesticide-tainted food to be exported to the UK, activists have said.
Australia may ratify interim trade deal with India by Nov 18
Australia will likely ratify before November 18 an interim trade deal with India, which was signed on April 2 but is yet to come into force due to a delay in endorsement by its Parliament following the election of a new labour govenrment there.
India, Australia may begin comprehensive FTA talks from next month
Negotiations between India and Australia towards a comprehensive trade agreement are expected to begin from September, with focus on chapters such as digital trade, government procurement, among other areas, said people in the know.
FTA awaits Aussie ratification
The India-Australia interim free trade agreement, which should have come into effect by mid-June, still awaits ratification following regime change in Canberra.
Government set to ram through Australia trade deal defying public cries for scrutiny
New polling reveals only one-fifth (21%) of UK public are satisfied with the current parliamentary process of scrutiny for the UK-Australia trade deal.
British MPs may delay Australia trade deal after minister’s no-show
The ratification is looking unlikely after the British parliament’s commons trade committee told MPs they should delay ratifying the agreement after a late-night snub by the Trade Secretary.
Trade discussions ’stalled’ over climate
Negotiations for a "critical" trade deal with the European Union have "stalled" over perceptions Australia isn’t "fair dinkum" on climate change action, and due to a fractured relationship with France.
Push for EU trade agreement by year’s end
Australia could have a free trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year, Trade Minister Don Farrell said.
Ukraine envoy seeks Australian free trade
Ukrainian ambassador to Australia has called for a free trade agreement to help bolster investment and development in the war-torn country.
New Trade Minister and Assistant Minister have mandate for progressive reform of Australia’s trade policy
This policy commits Labor to oppose corporate rights to sue governments, stronger medicine and copyright monopolies, provisions for deregulation of public services, and the removal of labour market testing for temporary migrant workers.
EU seeks to speed up trade deals as Ukraine war forces rethink
The European Union wants to accelerate efforts to finalise trade agreements with third parties after a six-month pause, as the bloc adapts to the Ukraine war and other challenges, EU trade commissioner said.
Pacific nations walk away from trade and security deal with China as Australia aims to ’build stronger family’
Pacific Island countries have agreed not to sign a region-wide trade and security deal with China after a high-level meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from 10 Pacific nations in Fiji.
China offers South Pacific nations security, free trade agreements
China has put forward plans to dramatically expand security and economic cooperation with South Pacific nations, in what one regional leader called a thinly veiled effort to lock them into "Beijing’s orbit"