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PHL seeks FTA with US on cyberspace, digital technology; trade deal with Japan
The Philippines is considering forging a bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States on cyberspace and digital technology.
Ratification of Digital Trade Agreement with UK to deepen Ukraine’s participation in global economy – Svyrydenko
The ratification of the Digital Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the United Kingdom by the Verkhovna Rada will deepen Ukraine’s participation in global supply chains.
AfCFTA digital trade protocol: Unveiling critical flaws
In the turbulent waters of the digital economy, where technological innovation is outpacing regulatory frameworks, the leaked African Continental Free Trade Area protocol on digital trade raises deep concerns.
EU-Chile trade agreement: broad cross-border data flow commitment with country without adequacy status
The European Parliament gave consent to the EU - Chile trade agreement. The agreement’s digital chapter contains a new, broad cross-border data flow commitment, while Chile does not have a data protection adequacy status.
The AfCFTA’s digital `trade rules are not fit for Africa
African heads of state are slated to meet this weekend for the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union and they could be prompted to make an unforced error that could weigh heavily in the continent’s plans to promote digital industrialization and the bridging of the digital divide.
EU-Japan economic partnership agreement: EU and Japan sign protocol to include cross-border data flows
The Belgian Presidency of the Council has signed the protocol to include provisions on cross-border data flows in the agreement between the EU and Japan for an Economic Partnership.
Interim analysis of JSI E-commerce Chairs’ text 15 January 2024, INF/ECOM/85
The 15 January 2024 chair’s text (INF/ECOM/85) for the Joint Statement Initiative (JSI) on electronic commerce is to be discussed in a round from 30 January to 2 February 2024.
AfCFTA secretariat set to establish protocol on digital trade this month, says Wamkele Mene
The secretary general of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, has said the secretariat is set to establish a protocol on digital trade this month.
PHL-US FTA needs to be tech-focused — DTI
The agreement should emphasize technological innovation, research and development (R&D), education, and the integration of emerging technologies in trade, Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba said.
Overview of the implications for developing countries/LDCs of the JSI E-commerce text (Revision 5)
Developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) face growing pressure to participate in and adopt the outcomes of plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce.
S. Korea, EU hold first round of talks on digital trade
South Korea’s trade ministry launched the first round of talks on digital trade with the European Union in line with efforts to seek broader partnerships in online and data industries.
46 AfCFTA members sign cooperation protocols to support e-commerce in Africa: Afreximbank
Emily Mburu-Ndoria, Director of Trade in Services, Investment, IPR, and Digital Trade at the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), announced that several cooperation protocols have been signed to support and finance e-commerce in Africa.
US suspends Indo-Pacific talks on key aspects of digital trade -lawmakers
The Biden administration has suspended talks on some key digital trade aspects of its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework initiative, Democratic lawmakers said on Tuesday as negotiators from 14 countries race to finish some agreements ahead of a major Pacific Rim summit next week.
S. Korea, EU to launch talks for digital trade agreement
South Korea’s trade ministry agreed with the European Union to launch negotiations for a digital trade agreement in line with efforts to seek broader partnerships in online commerce and data industries.