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Negotiations over Dhaka-Washington TECF deal to be concluded soon
In Bangladesh, the Prime Minister’s Office has asked the ministry of commerce to expedite the process of negotiations with the United States to finalise the proposed Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum deal immediately, sources said.
Labour issue blocking TICFA deal: Faruk
Disagreement on the issue of workers’ union in EPZs is standing in the way of Bangladesh signing the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) with the US, according to the commerce minister.
Tariff Commission for FTA with KL
Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) has given a positive signal to the government in striking a bilateral Free Trade Area (FTA) agreement with Malaysia, saying, the proposed deal will boost the country’s export of goods and manpower substantially in Malaysia and encourage latter’s investment in Bangladesh significantly.
Bangladesh to sign FTA with India this year
Bangladesh hopes to sign a free trade agreement with India this year, its Commerce Secretary Md Ghulam Hussain said here.
Bangladesh: Draft guideline on FTA opposes deals with developed economies
A draft guideline prepared on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has strongly suggested against striking FTAs with developed countries, but the same has encouraged similar deals with the countries having demand for Bangladeshi manpower, official sources said.
Lanka to expand trade with Bangladesh
Trade between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will grow due to the vast opportunities in both countries to expand business, said High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Mahbub Uz Zamman.
Set up D-8 FTA, remove tariff barriers: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here today urged the Developing-8 member states to evolve their own mechanism for establishing a D-8 Free Trade Area (FTA) to increase trade and business.
Bangla presses for free-trade deal
Bangladesh wants to hasten a free trade agreement with India to narrow the huge trade gap it suffers with its bigger neighbour.
Govt decides not to sign Tifa
The US administration has taken the decision of the Bangladesh government rather easily despite the fact that the two countries had been engaged in negotiations on Tifa for about six years since 2003
Bangladesh rejects US trade pact
Bangladesh has decided against signing a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the United States after six years of negotiations, fearing the draft pact suggested by Washington might affect its business interests
Dhaka prepares to sign free trade agreement with Delhi
Bangladesh is to resume talks after five years on a free trade agreement (FTA) with India. It will then resume negotiations with Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
US offers Dhaka alternative to controversial trade tie
A TIFA with the US and an FTA proposed by India have met political opposition from different quarters in Bangladesh. For Washington, "an alternative could be a US-Bangladesh Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum," US Ambassador James F. Moriarty said Thursday.
FBCCI chief’s comment on TIFA contested
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) is not clear about what it knows of the proposed Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between Dhaka and Washington.
Bangladesh: Core Group suggests signing of FTAs with three SA nations
An official body has recommended signing of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on goods in the first phase and similar deals on services and investment in the second phase.
European FTAs with Asian countries may harm Bangladesh
The European Union’s bilateral free trade agreements with India, Southeast Asian nations and South Korea may be a potential threat to Bangladesh, officials of the European Commission said yesterday.
Experts unaware of Tifa details
Businesspeople, economists and trade experts are unaware of what are in the draft of the proposed Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) between Bangladesh and the US.
US presses for TIFA
Visiting US assistant trade representative Michael J Delaney has stressed that Dhaka sign a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with his country to increase bilateral trade. But it’s a controversial issue in Bangladesh.
Free up capital, labour for regional good: BB boss tells Mumbai meet
Bangladesh Bank governor Atiur Rahman called for freer movements of capital and labour among the first steps for greater financial integration of South Asian nations, speaking at a global banking conference in India on Wednesday.
Dhaka to soon begin FTA talks with Islamabad
Bangladesh will start talks with Pakistan for a separate free trade agreement this year after it negotiates with India.
Japan disagrees to sign EPA with Bangladesh
Despite repeated efforts from Bangladesh government, Japan is yet to agree to sign Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), an accord to strengthen bilateral economic ties.