A landmark Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed this week in Brussels will boost Irish exports to Asia, according to the Minister for Trade and Commerce, Billy Kelleher TD.
The European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, is due to travel to Singapore to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) and to Delhi "to inject new momentum into the ongoing FTA negotiations"
European and African civil society organizations will meet in Lisbon on 8 to 9 December, in parallel with European Union / African Union Summit.
Asia-Pacific leaders have ducked a call from business advisors to study an ambitious FTA among APEC members.
Amid the delay in DDA [Doha Development Agenda] negotiations, in 2003 FTA movement by major nations, in particular was very brisk. As for newly concluded FTAs in 2003, Asia let the world with seven agreements, followed by America region with six. Meanwhile, FTAs were under negotiation in America (17), Asia (12), Europe (12) and Oceania (4).