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Pacific Alliance, associate members enter fourth negotiating round, look to clinch deal by July
The four-country Pacific Alliance consists of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The coalition aims to achieve the goal, launched nearly a year ago, of conferring a new associate member status to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore.
France supports Australia-EU FTA: Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron has thrown his support behind Australia’s push for a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.
The EU pursues $15b free trade talks with Australia, but there’s a catch
EU’s lead trade negotiator said the agreement would serve a “strategic” purpose by creating a “circle” of allies to remove barriers
Pacific economic ministers cautioned on NZ’s PACER-Plus view
PACER-Plus will undermine the right of governments to regulate, and see the Pacific bear the burden of binding commitments in the areas of interest to Australia and New Zealand whilst getting little legal commitments in return.
Why Australia really wants a free trade deal with the EU
A free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union now looks like a viable prospect, so what’s in it for both parties?
EU trade pact must offer fair deal for farmers, says Turnbull
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is setting his sights on a big win for Australian farmers in a far-reaching trade deal with the European Union, insisting that fair access for rural produce is vital to expanding the $99.5 billion trade relationship.
Australian meeting clears way for UK trade deal after Brexit
British officials will fly to Canberra for a “working group” on the free trade agreement, amid hopes on both sides that a deal will commence as soon as Britain leaves the European Union at the end of 2020.
Turnbull to push free trade deal with EU
Mr Turnbull is expected to discuss plans for a free trade agreement with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Ms Merkel running Europe’s largest economy and a key voice at the EU.
Free trade talks between Indonesia, Australia expected to complete by August
Negotiation of free trade agreements between Indonesia and Australia is expected to be completed by August of this year, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said here on Friday.
Call for Australian trade agreement with Britain as Brexit begins
As the date for Brexit looms, trade minister Steven Ciobo is in London for talks on strengthening free trade ties with Britain.
Australia, ASEAN leaders pledge commitment to free trade, highlight regional cooperation
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia met in Sydney on 18 March to discuss the next steps for their Strategic Partnership, initiated in 2014, with regional trade agreements, digital trade, and sustainable urbanisation high on the agenda.
Indonesia, Australia strive to complete CEPA
The Governments of Indonesia and Australia are seeking to immediately complete the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) negotiations, as they seek the grounds that hampered the negotiations.
Geographical indications: EU digs in on FTA until label issue resolved
There will be no Australia-­European Union free-trade deal unless Europe wins exclusive use of key food and wine names, a top European official has warned.
Australia hopes Indonesia will join TPP-11
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed hope that Indonesia will one day join the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), popularly known as TPP-11.
Singapore, Australia to redouble efforts to conclude RCEP ‘most desirably’ within this year
Just a week after signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with nine other countries, Singapore and Australia vowed to “redouble” efforts to conclude an ambitious free-trade agreement among 16 Asia-Pacific countries this year.
Fears tobacco giants will use TPP to sue Australia over plain packaging as secrecy shrouds legal costs in Philip Morris case
Political party says the newly signed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which contains similar clauses to the Hong Kong deal, could prompt more costly challenges in The Hague
Indonesia-Aust trade pact talks push out
Canberra and Jakarta are unlikely to finalise a free trade deal ahead of the Indonesian president’s visit to Australia for a leaders summit.
The ’Indo-Pacific Strategy’ emerges as a counter to China’s ’One Belt, One Road’
A Japanese official speaking in Washington discussed conditions for Japan’s participation in China’s BRI project, while also suggesting China seek a partner role in the emerging ’Indo-Pacific Strategy’.
Revised TPP-11 text is largely unchanged: independent assessment and Senate Inquiry needed
Many of the most harmful clauses remain.
Moving forward in global trade
Thailand has entered into negotiations for a number of free trade agreements (FTA). Its first FTA was the Asean Free Trade Area, signed in 1992. The country has six FTAs with India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Peru and Chile.