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We can’t win the race for trade deals
David Emerson, minister of international trade, announced last week that Canada has successfully concluded a free trade agreement with the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. This is Canada’s first FTA in six years, and it took nine years to negotiate.
Four trade deals on the horizon
International Trade Minister David Emerson says the successful completion of Canada’s first free trade deal in six years will signal the country’s re-emergence as a player on the global trade scene.
Canada needs more trade deals
Free trade with Iceland and Liechtenstein is not exactly a hot political topic in Canada. But last week, Canada announced a deal with those two little countries along with Norway and Sweden - together they refer to themselves, rather grandly, as the European Free Trade Association. It’s not much, but it’s more than this country has accomplished in the trade arena is some time. Trade Minister David Emerson says there’s more to come, to which Canadian exporters and consumers can only say: "It’s about time."
International signature campaign against EFTA FTAs
The member states from the European Free Trade Association EFTA (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) are increasingly negotiating bilateral free trade agreements with developing countries. In 2007, they strive to enter into negotiations with Peru, Colombia, India and Indonesia. Plese join this signature campaign to stop them.
Feds to ease out tariff
The Canadian shipbuilding industry’s feared loss of a protective tariff has come to pass and now the industry will have three years to adjust to new market conditions.
Free-trade deal ’devastating’
For the first time in six years, Canada has negotiated a new free-trade agreement - one which could cost the Atlantic shipbuilding industry hundreds of jobs.
Canada "back in the game" with EFTA trade deal
Canada and four European nations have completed negotiations for a free trade agreement, the country’s trade minister said on Thursday, saying Ottawa needs to seal more such deals to compete globally.
A Swiss network in the heart of SA
The latest in a series of local networking and consulting organisations, set up by Switzerland’s official export promotion agency, has been opened in Pretoria.
Efta continues to extend its influence
While world trade talks remain deadlocked, the European Free Trade Association (Efta), of which Switzerland is a member, continues to extend its network of free trade accords.
Talks with Efta for signing FTA soon
Pakistan will start negotiations with the European Free Trade Association (Efta) for signing Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which the Commerce Ministry hopes will boost Pakistan’s exports.
India to expand free trade with Europe
Even as an economic cooperation agreement with the European Union is in the offing, India on Wednesday announced that it would expand its free trade regime in Europe by exploring the possibilities of similar pacts with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), comprising Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Chantiers maritimes: Les constructeurs craignent le libre-échange
L’industrie de la construction navale au Canada surveille avec inquiétude les négociations entre Ottawa et des pays spécialisés dans la construction de navires en vue de conclure des accords de libre-échange. Des chantiers navals canadiens affirment que leur avenir pourrait être compromis si les tarifs douaniers actuels, de 25 %, devaient disparaître.
India in free trade talks with four European countries
India is in talks with four European countries - Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein - to strike a comprehensive economic agreement that would facilitate free trade relations. Switzerland is also trying to set up a working group with India on intellectual property rights and also seeking to enhance cooperation in science and technology fields.
Canada nears European trade treaty
Canada is quietly entering the latter stages of free-trade talks with Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. If concluded, this would be the first free-trade deal Canada has endorsed in nearly six years and the first sign that Ottawa is serious about catching up in the global race to sew up preferential commercial partners.
Free trade agreement with Egypt signed
Switzerland and its fellow European Free Trade Association (Efta) members have signed a free trade agreement with Egypt. A statement also announced that Efta ministers had met the Indonesian trade minister with a view to concluding a similar accord.
Egypt, EFTA to sign free trade agreement Saturday
A free trade agreement is scheduled to be signed between Egypt and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) on Saturday in Davos.
India, EFTA move towards trade and investment agreement
India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) on Friday set up a Joint Study Group (JSG) to explore the possibility of entering into a broad-based trade and investment agreement.
Egypt, European trade group agree on free trade zone
Egypt and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) have agreed to establish a free trade zone between the two sides, Egypt’s news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.
«EFTA FTAs may have serious consequences on Thailand and Indonesia» tell civil society representatives to EFTA governments
Lobby travel from Indonesian and Thai civil society in EFTA countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Oslo)
South Africa: Trade Beat
After a lull in the first half of the year, there appears to be movement on various fronts of SA’s trade agenda.