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Switzerland keen on closing free trade agreement talks with India
Switzerland advocated for the quick completion of negotiations regarding the free trade agreement between the EFTA and India in a recent meeting held between Swiss federal councillor Ueli Maurer and Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi.
Thailand expects free trade agreement with EFTA in 2 years
The Commerce Ministry expects to reach a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members within two years after negotiations were launched last week.
PH-EFTA to push for improved trade to recover from pandemic
Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries have agreed to push for more trade to improve utilization of the free trade agreement (FTA) stressing the FTA as a tool for economic recovery after the pandemic.
Renewed negotiations with Efta to start soon
Thailand is scheduled to announce the start of negotiations with the European Free Trade Association (Efta) to improve trade, services and investments.
Efta free-trade talks edge closer
The Commerce Ministry will seek cabinet endorsement for a proposed negotiation framework for a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (Efta) following a recent public hearing on the matter.
SACU, EFTA continue negotiations on expanded Free Trade Agreement
Senior officials and experts from the Southern African Customs Union and the European Free Trade Association Member States met through videoconference on 3 and 4 November 2021 to continue their negotiations on an updated and expanded Free Trade Agreement.
EFTA-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement enters into force
A new free trade agreement (FTA) between EFTA and Indonesia entered into force on 1 November 2021 after the ratification of all Parties.
Contested Turkey trade deal to finally come into force
A controversial free trade agreement upgrade between the European Free Trade Association and Turkey will come into force from October 1 after surviving stinging criticism and delays.
EFTA-Mercosur: another low blow to climate, peoples’ rights and food sovereignty
Emissions from increased bilateral trade in 10 farm products are expected to go up by 15%, compared to 2019, if the EFTA-Mercosur free trade agreement is implemented.
How Indonesia plans to benefit from EFTA trade deal
The House of Representatives has recently approved a draft trade deal with the four-member EFTA that is expected to facilitate foreign investment and liberalize trade in goods and services, particularly commodities such as palm oil and raw metals.
House approves Indonesia-EFTA trade deal
Indonesia is one short step away from having its first trade agreement with European countries after legislators approved a bill over a deal between Indonesia and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
What Indonesia’s palm oil is losing in Swiss trade deal
If Indonesia only focuses on the formal process in palm oil international trade, it may still lose the battle of public opinion that may risk its markets and consumers worldwide.
No more free rides in free trade deals
The Swiss narrowly voted in favour of a free trade deal with Indonesia on Sunday. Will future agreements also have to win popular support?
Swiss free trade deal with Indonesia narrowly survives referendum
Voters in Switzerland have given the green light to a free trade deal with Indonesia with a small majority of 51.6%.
Palm oil row fuels Swiss vote on Indonesia trade deal
Switzerland votes Sunday on a free trade deal with Indonesia but the agreement, which opens up a vast potential market, could slip up over the issue of palm oil imports.
EFTA insists on the UPOV clause in negotiating mandates for free trade agreements (FTAs)
EFTA’s response to the June 2020 open letter, supported by 250 organisations from around the world, is disappointing. EFTA maintains the UPOV 91 requirement in FTAs. The right to seeds therefore remains under pressure.
Palm oil in focus as Swiss vote on trade pact with Indonesia
Swiss voters will decide on a free trade agreement with Indonesia on Sunday, with lower tariffs on palm oil imports the main issue in what the polls predict will be a tight referendum.
Switzerland commits $65 million in development aid to Indonesia
The Swiss government has allocated grant funding of $65 million over a period of four years to the island nation, in order to promote inclusive and sustainable development.
Norway must say no to the Mercosur agreement
Joint statement from several civil society organizations and farmers’ associations with requirements for the Mercosur agreement.
The Swiss Farmers’ Union: Sustainability reduced to absurdity
The FTA with Indonesia showcases a supposed sustainability, but it is only a large-scale scam.