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New S’pore-Pacific Alliance trade agreement to focus on tech, sustainability
Technology and environmental sustainability are among the key issues that Singapore, Mexico, and other Pacific Alliance members are discussing in the context of a new PA-Singapore trade agreement.
EU and Japan agree on digital cooperation
The European Union and Japan have agreed on increased cooperation to develop digital technologies, cyber security and artificial intelligence.
Australia hopes digital trade agreement with India by the year-end
Australia expects to sign a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with India by the year-end, which will include a deal on digital trade that it said will further facilitate bilateral trade.
Africa e-trade platform to connect 22 countries
The platform has been in its pilot phase for about 18 months in Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon and Senegal, and will now be integrated in 22 countries.
ISDS landscape in Latin America for 2022
ISDS in Latin America is here to stay. While disputes in sectors such as pensions and telecoms are becoming more common in the region, we expect to see a ripening of COVID-related, tech and energy disputes.
Policy brief on digital trade
The “digital trade agenda” would see the ability of governments to regulate big tech in the public interest severely curtailed.
Indo-Pacific trade talks to launch soon, Australia’s Tehan says
Digital trade rules to be prominent part of talks, Tehan says. Ministers looking to meet in April or May to work on details.
EU, US agree on data transfer deal to replace defunct Privacy Shield
The European Union has just announced reaching an agreement in principle with the US on a revived trans-Atlantic data flows deal.
Meta says Australia’s anti-defamation laws are at odds with FTAs
Australia’s proposed anti-defamation laws seek to require social media platforms to establish nominated Australian entities that can access user data for users who post potential defamatory material
UK and Singapore sign new innovative digital trade deal
The UK International Trade Secretary joined her counterpart in Singapore to sign groundbreaking digital trade deal and strengthen trade ties.
Business lobby urges Biden to negotiate digital trade agreement
The US Chamber of Commerce identifies a group of countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Taiwan, the UK and ASEAN.
RCEP: why benefits from the world’s largest trade pact may not be as clear-cut as they seem
More than a month after the world’s largest trade pact came into force, questions remain over its practical application and potential benefits for small businesses, the e-commerce sector and workers.
The UK-Australia FTA shows the UK means business on digital trade policy
The new free-trade agreement with Australia could be setting the precedents for what a modern digital trade policy will look like for the UK.
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”.