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UK, Japan eye economic integration through digital trade
A groundbreaking UK-Japan digital free trade agreement sets the foundations for a closer merging of their economies over the coming decade.
IP, tariffs, data protection to dominate UK-India FTA negotiations
Intellectual Property protection and enforcement, standards, tariffs on several products, and data protection are among the key issues that would dominate the India-UK FTA.
Singapore and South Korea conclude negotiations on digital economy agreement
Singapore and South Korea have concluded negotiations on the Korea-Singapore Digital Partnership Agreement (KSDPA), establishing forward looking digital trade rules and norms to promote interoperability between digital systems.
Britain agrees digital trade deal with Singapore
Britain said it had agreed a digital trade deal with Singapore, the first digitally-focussed trade pact signed by a European nation.
Singapore, EU in talks on strengthening bilateral digital trade, forming partnership
Singapore and Europe commenced talks in Brussels to strengthen bilateral digital trade, with a longer-term goal of advancing towards a digital partnership.
Australia urges US to push back on ‘digital authoritarianism’
The Morrison government is pushing the Biden administration to strike a digital free trade agreement with democracies across the Indo-Pacific in a bid to counter China’s “digital authoritarianism”.
Waitangi Tribunal claimants win on TPPA and data sovereignty
The Tribunal agrees that the CPTPP breaches the Crown’s obligations to Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and failed to protect Māori rights and interests in data and the digital domain.
Digital colonialism
The global battle for control of the digital economy is typically portrayed as one fought by only two titans: US and China, but that does not mean that the EU has been standing still.
India-US digital trade is going through a bad patch. USTR Tai’s visit can begin fixing it
US Ambassador Katherine Tai will hold talks with India Minister for Trade and Commerce on digital trade.
New-gen issues in India’s line of sight as it eyes trade deals
As India goes into firming up trade deals with developed nations like Australia, the UK and the regional bloc, and the EU, it will have to be well prepared to negotiate on new-generation issues, such as data protection regulation, e-commerce, and environment.
S. Korea, Singapore aim to strike digital trade deal this year
South Korea and Singapore agreed to conclude their digital trade pact in 2021 in a move to deepen broader trade and economic ties, Seoul’s trade ministry said.
Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) text (Jun 2020)
China’s interest in DEPA digital trade pact raises questions about ‘domestic reforms’ and what could be the next big multilateral deal
Analysts and trade experts weigh in on China’s bid to join yet another economic pact that could draw interest on a global scale
The US appears poised to pursue a digital trade agreement in Asia – What does that mean?
Momentum is building for the United States to pursue a plurilateral digital trade agreement (or possibly a series of bilateral agreements) with trading partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
China to apply to join Digital Economy Partnership Agreement
China will apply to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement to strengthen international cooperation on digital regulation, President Xi Jinping said.
Indonesia’s digital economy commitments in EU and RCEP trade agreements
In recent years, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have started to include rules for the digital economy as a result of pressure from Big Tech. This summary analyses the most important points being negotiated by Indonesia with the European Union and RCEP.
India-UK FTA talks should champion digital trade
The UK and India can play a pivotal role in shaping the global data and digital rules, say UK India Business Council directors.
Chile sees ‘long line’ of nations looking to join digital partnership initiative
Chile sees growing interest from several nations in joining the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement, an international treaty brokered last year by the country and fellow APEC members New Zealand and Singapore.
WTO plurilateral ecommerce draft consolidated revised text
Some WTO Members are negotiating rules on ecommerce. This is the revised version of the draft consolidated text as of 8 September 2021.
India, Australia to include e-commerce in final free trade pact
India and Australia have agreed to include e-commerce in the final free trade agreement which is likely to be put in place by the end of next year.