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China, EU start 21st round of BIT talks
The 21st round of China-European Union bilateral investment treaty (BIT) negotiations kicked off in Beijing Monday, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).
Leaked report reveals ‘misfunctioning’ of Energy Charter Treaty amid EU reform calls
A confidential internal report, obtained by EURACTIV, lists the multiple failings of the Energy Charter secretariat, at a time when the treaty is undergoing a major revision process and is being used by Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in a first-time legal proceeding against the EU.
Ecuador and the Netherlands consolidate their commercial relationship
Ecuador and the Netherlands have signed a joint declaration to promote a new bilateral investment agreement that will replace the one that is currently in force and that expires in 2021.
EU needs unified stand to conclude BIT with China
China - EU were committed to achieving "decisive progress" for the conclusion of a China-EU Comprehensive Investment Agreement in 2020 - the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between China and the EU.
Belgium and Luxembourg model BIT text (2019)
Kenya’s foreign trade disputes costly - experts
Kenya spends at least Sh500 million in defending a single case filed by investors at international courts under the Bilateral Investment Treaties, according to a regional trade negotiation institute.
Angola, South Korea work on investment protection agreement
An agreement on promotion and reciprocal protection of investment between Angola and South Korea is in the pipeline.
Rental power: Government in talks for out-of-court settlement
Pakistan government is reportedly in talks with the Turkish government and M/s Karkey for an out-of-court settlement to avert attachment of Pakistan’s properties in Europe
Pakistan may not have to pay $1b Karkey penalty
The key suspect in the rental power plants case – Laeeq Ahmed Sheikh, who is in National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody, has revealed some astonishing facts.
The African single market takes a step forward as the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement becomes a reality
As a second step, negotiators will focus on rules pertaining to intellectual property rights, competition policy and investment, which they aim to finalise by June 2020.
Government concealed failure to cancel the old, worse version of ISDS in new Indonesia trade deal
Detailed scrutiny of the text of the recent Indonesia trade deal has revealed that there are no provisions to cancel the old 1993 Indonesia-Australia bilateral investment agreement.
China, EU aim to conclude comprehensive investment agreement in 2020
China and the European Union (EU) aim to conclude a comprehensive bilateral investment agreement in 2020.
Sweden hopes to increase commercial relationship with Ecuador
The parties expressed their interest in exploring the possibility of initiating negotiations of a bilateral investment agreement.
Australia - Hong Kong investment agreement
As released by the Australian Government
Australia and Hong Kong sign new Trade Agreement containing investor-state dispute resolution provisions
On 26 March 2019, Australia and Hong Kong signed the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and its associated investment agreement.
End of Tanzania, Netherlands pact nears
The preferential protection of bilateral investments between Tanzania and the Netherlands is likely to cease next month but the protection for investments made before the date of termination continues to apply for a period of 15 years (until 1 April 2034).
EU urges China to progress on demands to dispel ‘frustration’
In order to address some of the main outstanding issues at the EU-China summit, the EU negotiators included in their proposal sent to their Chinese counterparts to conclude by 2020 an “ambitious” EU-China investment agreement.
Investment protection proposals under RCEP threaten India’s pharma industry
Free trade agreements like the RCEP will infringe on India’s intellectual property laws. India must stand its ground in the interest of public health.
Why free trade is bad for you (or most of you at any rate)
Free trade is simply a euphemism for the corporate capture of international trade.
Building a mirage: The effectiveness of tax carve-out provisions in international investment agreements
The broad language in investment agreements has allowed investor-state dispute settlement tribunals to scrutinize tax measures adopted by States, and determine that such measures resulted in a breach of State’s obligations under the agreement.