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Australia to intensify engagement, new envoy likely to be India-hand O’Farrell
Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu hope that India will seriously consider returning to the RCEP table.
Free trade agreements: Talks with European Union, UK soon, says Piyush Goyal
India will hold talks with the EU and the UK to forge free trade agreements. New Delhi could also clinch a trade deal with Australia.
Second company files investment dispute with Tanzania government
Australian mining company Indiana Resources has become the second company in a week to declare a dispute with the Tanzanian government over repossessed retention licences.
Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement commences
Australia - Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement entered into force on Friday, announced by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham.
Japan, Australia reaffirm goal for RCEP deal
Japan and Australia reaffirmed their goal of concluding the envisioned RCEP free trade deal among 16 nations including India by the end of the year.
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership spells danger for 1.1 billion women
Australia has yet to show any serious interest in recognising the potential negative impacts of trade policies on gender or take steps to systematically assess these. A gender equitable trade policy is possible. But it would look nothing like the RCEP.
First blow for post-Brexit Britain as Australia rejects trade deal
Australia turned down the UK’s appeal for freedom of movement between the two countries.
The FTA between Peru and Australia will enter into force in February 2020
FTA between Peru and Australia will enter into force in February 2020, stated the head of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), Edgar Vasquez.
HKSAR, Australia to put in force free trade, investment agreements in January
The Free Trade Agreement and Investment Agreement signed between China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Australia in March will enter into force on Jan. 17, 2020.
Japan, Australia still hopeful of India’s rethink on RCEP
Despite India’s decision to walk out of the ASEAN-led 15-nation RCEP Free Trade Agreement last month, officials from India’s Indo-Pacific partners Australia and Japan are still discussing the issue in the hope that the government will rethink the decision.
Rejecting RCEP preserved India’s milk self-sufficiency’
The decision of keeping India out of the Regional Comprehension Economic Partnership (RCEP) has helped crores of farmers and prevented the likely shift shift of India from a self-sufficient milk producer to importer.
India and Australia: Reciprocity, mutuality, and promise
India has long had a reputation in Australia as being a challenging negotiator that may not share the same enthusiasm for concluding free trade agreements.
Australia to fight Europe on climate demands in free-trade deal
Climate change targets are shaping to be a major sticking point in trade negotiations with Europe after France publicly tied Australia’s domestic action on climate change to the proposed FTA.
By the way: what’s free about free trade?
The very idea of a free trade agreement is a contradiction. You don’t need a complex agreement to trade freely.
Interview with Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)
In this interview, we discuss the PACER+ trade deal, the post Cotonou talks with the EU and the influence of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific region.
Australia still in the cold while NZ lands plum trade deal with China
Australian businesses in China have praised a New Zealand trade deal which overcomes prohibitive red tape and any unofficial go-slow at Chinese ports that can plague Australian exporters.
RCEP agreement no guarantee of increased Australian exports to ASEAN countries
In the short- and medium- terms, however, it seems unlikely that those additional rules will facilitate any significant increase in Australian exports to ASEAN.
Free trade agreements are often ignored by business. So why has Australia signed a new one?
FTAs can be downright harmful. These agreements often include clauses that deliver power to foreign corporations to launch legal action against democratically elected governments on decisions they believe harm their commercial interests.
New rules on IP rights and e-commerce to be set under RCEP free trade agreement
A common set of rules on intellectual property (IP) and e-commerce and a new scope of trade for telecommunication services are among some of the expected benefits that will arise from the RCEP agreement when it is signed next year.
Giant RCEP regional trade deal text without India must be released and evaluated before signing says AFTINET
India’s departure from the RCEP announced yesterday in Bangkok is not only caused by India’s resistance to lower tariffs. There is a hidden agenda of non-tariff issues that could restrict future government regulation by giving more rights to global corporations.