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Sacrificing sovereignty and human potential in the name of economic growth
Why are countries so gripped in their quest for economic growth that they are empowering multinational corporations at the expense of their citizens?
Joint Indonesia-Singapore initiatives progressing well, says Retno
It includes inroads on a bilateral investment treaty to strengthen economic cooperation.
Investor-State Dispute Settlement: What are we trying to achieve? Does ISDS get us there?
Evidence suggests that the inclusion of ISDS in investment treaties may not actually be effective, or optimally effective, while at the same time, ISDS imposes significant costs on the sustainable development objectives of states.
Belt and road initiative: Ominously, Chinese investment in South Asia target control of natural resources
Economic corridors have hardly been as controversial as China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI). It could have avoided controversies if it had proceeded in a consultative fashion like multi-country cross-border corridors.
UNCTAD’s World Investment Reports 1991-2015: 25 years of narratives justifying and balancing foreign investor rights
These reports describe foreign investor rights following a narrative of wealth maximisation by transnational corporations (TNCs), and focus on a TNC-assisted restructuring of host states and local communities.
Include egg exports from India in proposed FTA with Oman: Livestock farmer
Livestock farmers have requested the Centre to include egg exports from India in the free trade bilateral agreement with Oman, which is expected during the visit of Prime Minister to Oman this month.
Sri Lanka eyeing longer talks with China on FTA
Sri Lanka wants a longer-time period to negotiate a free trade agreement with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador said on Sunday.
RCEP talks in Indonesia focus on concessions, crafting of sensitive list
As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made significant headway in January, negotiating countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are pressured to conclude the trade deal, and they try to make progress in the ongoing talks in Indonesia.
Public-private partnerships and aid’s ’private turn’: addressing the investment law dimensions
Where PPP projects turn sour, governments could be exposed to arbitration claims under applicable investment treaties.
UK PM May says she wants free trade deal with China
Britain is seeking a free trade agreement with China, Prime Minister Theresa May said, as she flew to the country for talks with Chinese leaders, adding that more should be done immediately to open up market access for British firms.
Ecuador adopts a new approach towards foreign investment
Recent declarations made by members of the newly elected government of Ecuador reveal a reversal of its predecessor’s decision to denounce and withdrawal from the ICSID Convention, as well as all of Ecuador’s bilateral investment treaties
India-Cambodia deliberates on financial support in agriculture, pharmaceuticals
India and Cambodia clinch a deal to work towards a Bilateral Investment Treaty which provides financial help to Southeast Asian nations.
Can Modi free India’s trade policy from ’swadeshi’ shackles?
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, India is likely to meet a lot of offers for free trade and investment deals. With US, France and Canada leaders meeting their Indian counterpart in coming few months, it is likely that India may enter into a free trade agreement with them. Though, it will be interesting to know how Prime Minister Modi go ahead with these offers.
Societal benefits and costs of international investment agreements
A critical review of aspects and available empirical evidence.
Pakistan’s arbitration woes: sifting myth from reality
The TCC tribunal failure did not reflect an internal failure on the part of Pakistan’s state apparatus as much as it did the hegemonic nature of the global BIT regime that developing countries have been subjected to by the West.
India’s proposed investment treaty terms leave foreign partners cold
Having cancelled investment treaties with about 50 foreign governments last year, India is struggling to convince some to accept new terms that make it harder to seek international arbitration for disputes
Swiss Prez to discuss trade pacts with PM Modi in Davos
The two leaders will also discuss, among other trade and business matter, the envisaged free trade agreement between India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member.
Canadian parliamentary delegation concludes successful mission to Taiwan
Taiwanese President is asking that Canada advocates for Taiwan’s inclusion in the second round of the TPP meetings and to begin negotiations on a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement deal with Canada.
Saudi investment sought for gas pipeline
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have accelerated negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty.