South Korea and the United States on Tuesday held their first formal consultations on competition-related issues under their bilateral free trade agreement.
As a second step, negotiators will focus on rules pertaining to intellectual property rights, competition policy and investment, which they aim to finalise by June 2020.
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Saudi Arabia Bans all flights to and from Iran
The country cuts all commercial ties with Iran following attacks on its embassy in Tehran as tensions in the region grow.
Sunni-led Saudi Arabia claims the killing was part of a war on terrorism – but it has sparked protests among Shia Muslims throughout the region. In response to attacks on its diplomatic missions, Saudi has ordered all Iranian diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours.
Sunni allies Bahrain, Sudan and United Arab Emirates have also severed or reduced diplomatic ties with Iran.
Their intervention represents another escalation in tension between the two branches of Islam.
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Consumers International (CI) has commissioned the production of three papers, the first on the competition chapter by one of our members, and the other two by independent experts, respectively covering the investment chapter and how it affects A2K, and the free flow of information provision and its impacts on privacy.
A brief critique of the EU’s proposal on Competition Policy in the EPAs.
The Namibian Manufacturers’ Association (NMA) has spoken out against competition issues and unfair trade practices in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu).
Alert to European civil society groups, trade unions and social movements from the Seattle to Brussels Network
Papers from a Yeditepe University conference on competition policy and regional trade agreements.
During the last decade, Regional Trade Agreement (RTA) containing competition policy provisions have proliferated. These are part of a trend for ’deeper’ RTAs which often include articles for liberalizing trade in services, investment, labour and other trade-related provisions.
Australia and New Zealand want a comprehensive free trade agreement with ASEAN, but some ASEAN nations have no competition policy, and reject any negotiations on intellectual property and government procurement.
EPAs should serve as instruments for development and poverty reduction. They must also support the deepening of intra-African trade.
Investment, competition policies, and transparency in government procurement emerged during a recent meeting between trade ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union aimed at seeking ways to boost trade and economic cooperation between the two regions.
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) are an integral part of international trade, accounting for almost half of world trade and expected to grow further in the next few years. These agreements operate alongside global multilateral agreements under the World Trade Organization (WTO), and have both positive and negative effects.