The very operational narratives of ICSID arbitrators inculcate an inherent bias towards foreign investors, who are overwhelmingly from European and North America.
Bangladesh has about 30 BITs of which those with international arbitration provisions tilt to protect corporate interests more than the national interest of Bangladesh as reflected in the Saipem, Chevron, and Niko arbitrations.
Knitwear industrialists have urged the central government to enter into a free trade agreement with Russia, saying the former Soviet Union had given green signal to enter into such a treaty with Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will graduate from the least-developed country bracket in 2024, three years after which free trade agreements will be crucial in maintaining its comparative advantage in international trade.
Local steel manufacturers have demanded protection of locally made several types of finished steel products from uneven competition with low-cost commercial imports under SAFTA benefit.
The signing of FTA will open a new avenue for Bangladeshi goods in the Latin American country.
India and Bangladesh have proposed early conclusion of a Compressive Economic Cooperation Agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment and set an example for giving a fillip to regional trade in South Asia.
India has proposed Bangladesh to consider negotiating a comprehensive free trade agreement with a view to promote two-way commerce and investments.
Next round of negotiations on Thai FTA in two weeks. Joint feasibility study on FTA with Bangladesh to be implemented soon.
Given the situation of bilateral trade, the Bangladesh government initiated the process for signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with China.
Bangladesh is in no rush to sign a free trade agreement with China, a senior Bangladeshi trade official said on Tuesday, though Chinese officials said it would help the poor South Asian country cut its deficit with its largest trading partner.
Bangladesh has decided to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Thailand to boost trade with the Southeast Asian nation.
Bangladesh being denied GSP and duty-free quota-free market access now seeks a free trade agreement with the United States as it is graduating to a middle-income country.
Thailand has proposed to start Free Trade Agreement or FTA talks with Bangladesh as Bangkok wants to enhance the economic cooperation with Dhaka.
Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to examine existing tariffs and remove non-tariff barriers and para-tariff measures to reverse the very low level of bilateral trade.
Dhaka has been negotiating the FTA with Colombo since 2013 to increase trade now worth $80 million every year.
The JIN includes the definition of investor and investment, exclusion of taxation measures, Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET), National Treatment (NT) and Most Favoured Nation (MFN) treatment, expropriation, essential security interests and settlement of disputes between an investor and a contracting party,
Bangladesh and Turkey are set to finalise terms of reference aiming to initiate talks over signing of a free trade area deal between the two Muslim nations, officials said.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have discussed signing a free trade agreement between the two countries
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have agreed to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) to boost bilateral trade.