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Investment treaties: the risks of jeopardising economic development, the Bolivarian revolution and participatory democracy
This article analyses some of the potential direct consequences of investment treaties on economic policies implemented by the Venezuelan public authorities
EU and Canada launch negotiations on a Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement
Negotiations on a Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement (TIEA) between Canada and the European Union were launched on 17-18 May 2005 in Brussels.
Koizumi, Susilo to sign investment deal in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is scheduled to sign an investment agreement with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during the latter’s visit to Japan later this month.
Steps needed to avoid legal disputes with US
The Thai government must become more efficient and enact more ironclad laws in order to avoid unnecessary legal disputes with US investors once the Thailand-US free trade area (FTA) agreement takes effect, says a local researcher.
UN Cultural Diversity treaty negotiations to tackle trade/investment treaty relationship
One of many vexing questions remaining to be worked out by negotiators of the draft convention for the protection of the diversity of cultural products and artistic expression will be the relationship between the proposed convention and existing and future trade and investment treaties which may apply to cultural industries and which might impose restrictions on government cultural policies.
Saudi Arabia, Singapore to promote bilateral trade and investments
Saudi Arabia intends to sign an Investment Guarantee Agreement with Singapore.
Singapore, Kuwait discussing Investment Chapter as part of FTA
Singapore and Kuwait are discussing an Investment Chapter as part of the free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated between the two countries.
Australian Miners Place Big Hopes On China FTA
If the proposed free-trade agreement between Australia and China can cut the long delays faced by Australian mining companies to get projects off the ground in China, it could give a major boost to Australian mining investments in China.
Changes likely to laws for investors
Australia will consider changes to foreign investment guidelines to give China preferential treatment in buying into Australian resource projects under a free trade deal, John Howard confirmed yesterday.
Scotiabank files $600M US claim against Argentina
Scotiabank has filed a $600 million US compensation claim against Argentina, claiming that "discriminatory" actions taken by Argentine authorities led to the total loss of its investment in its Scotiabank Quilmes subsidiary in 2002.
US investment in the Middle East at approximately US$90 billion
Mr. William Lash, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, stated to Al-Hayat that "the amount of American investments in the Middle East has reached $90 Billion Dollars". He also revealed that the "American private sector investments in Qatar reached three billion dollars while the rate of trade exchange with Qatar is $800 million dollars."
Corporate conquest, global geopolitics: Intellectual property rights and bilateral investment treaties
Examines how bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements which contain specific investment provisions reflect geopolitical concerns and redefine rights and privileges for transnational corporations, including with respect to commercial control over biodiversity through intellectual property rights.
US sets conditions for normal trade ties with Pakistan
The United States has conveyed to Pakistan that trade relations could not be normalised prior to crackdown on the violators of Intellectual Property Rights and withdrawal of case against a US-based company, Slemens-Westinghouse.
BIT Treaty with US: Pakistan opposes inclusion of IPR
Pakistan has refused to accept the inclusion of the Intellectual Property Rights issue in the proposed draft for a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between the US and Pakistan, a senior government official told Daily Times.
China-Japan-Korea investment opportunities studied
A joint study group, consisting of members from China, Japan and South Korea, issued a report recently on possible trilateral investment arrangements between the three countries, which recommended that a legal framework concerning investment among the three countries should be explored in the near future. Such an investment arrangement, if well operated, would give a fresh boost to the start of FTA negotiations.
Draft TIFA between USA and Bangladesh leaked: A quick analysis
USA is forcing Bangladesh to sign a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), that will bind Bangladesh to work with USA on the successful completion of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and will provide extra facilities to USA "without prejudice to each party’s rights and obligations" under the WTO.
Investment: NAFTA illegal?
On January 24, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) launched a constitutional challenge against NAFTA’s Chapter 11 rules before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. This is the first time that a court will consider the constitutionality of international trade rules.
Investment: US to claim damages against IPR abuses
The US has asked Pakistan, under a draft proposed Bilateral Investment Treaty, to pay damages to US companies for their future investment in case of the infringement of intellectual property rights and unilateral cancellation of licences.
US traders seek stronger economic ties with Brunei
Trade representatives from the United States on Tuesday discussed with various governmental stakeholders in Brunei under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to seek opportunities for stronger bilateral economic ties.
Divide and conquer: The FTAA, US trade strategy and public services in the Americas
Documents the progress of “competitive liberalization,” a strategy advanced by the United States Trade Representative to establish a network of bilateral international trade agreements as steps toward the multilateral GATS agreement.