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Bear Stearns doubts short delay onto DR-CAFTA would affect investment
A short term delay before implementing the DR-CAFTA trade accord should not significantly affect investment plans in the country, according to the U.S. investment company, Bear Stearns.
US-Uruguay Trade: Consolidate Ties Now
The U.S.-Uruguay investment treaty will boost two-way investment and commerce and help advance economic freedom in Latin America.
Japan Inc smitten by Vietnam
Japanese firms’ investment spree in Vietnam comes amid an increasing number of free-trade agreements (FTAs) being concluded or negotiated in East Asia.
India seeks Japanese investment
If you can’t beat them, join them. That seems to be India’s mantra in its attempt to get more Japanese investments in the manufacturing sector, with some companies using New Delhi’s bilateral trade agreements to use another country as an export base for the Indian consumer.
Will recent nationalisations in Bolivia give rise to claims under political risk insurance policies?
It may be advantageous for foreign investors to pursue a claim under a Political Risk insurance policy and allow the insurers to recover subsequently under any applicable investment treaty by way of subrogation.
Song of the sirens: Why the US-Andean FTAs undermine sustainable development and regional integration
US free trade agreements with Peru and Colombia, as well as the possible agreement with Ecuador, were negotiated under the promise of great opportunities in the world’s richest market, but the truth is that these agreements will have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of small farmers, public health, and the regulation of investment to protect the public interest.
Dominican president to visit Seoul
President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic will sign a number of official documents in Seoul, including a memorandum of understanding on guaranteeing bilateral investment.
Canada hopes to conclude free trade agreement with India
Canada hopes to sign an investment promotion and protection agreement with India later this year that would encourage free trade between the two countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.
Free trade fears in Snowy backflip
The last-minute scrapping of the $3 billion Snowy Hydro float, attributed by the Government to the public outcry at the prospect of losing control of an "icon", may have been partly prompted by fears it would contravene Australia’s free trade agreement negotiated with the US last year.
Pakistan, US to soon sign BIT: Jahangir Karamat
Former Pakistan ambassador to US, Gen (Retd) Jehangir Karamat has hoped Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) will soon be signed between Pakistan and US.
Signature of an investment protection agreement and a Declaration on Cooperation with Colombia
Switzerland and Colombia signed two agreements in Bern on 17 May 2006. The first was an agreement on the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments between Switzerland and Colombia. The second was a Declaration on Cooperation between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Colombia.
Ecuador sends military to seized oil facilities
Ecuadorean President Alfredo Palacio sent troops to guard oil facilities seized from Occidental Petroleum Corp. as they are transferred to state control, officials said Tuesday.
UK and Mexico sign trade agreement in Vienna
United Kingdom and Mexico signed Friday a bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) in Vienna.
Beans for Lima: Activists are fighting a new agreement between the US and Peru
What are the environmental impacts of the Peruvian-US free-trade agreement?
No date set for next round of UAE-US free trade talks
The fifth round of free trade negotiations between the UAE and the United States ended in Abu Dhabi yesterday without agreement. The closely guarded negotiations, held amid a virtual media blackout, centred around two core issues: investment and labour laws.
Pakistan and US to enhance trade, economic relations
The United States has appreciated Pakistan’s trade and investment policies as liberal and attractive and has suggested to the government of Pakistan to arrange a meeting with all US companies working in Pakistan at a proper forum to know their concerns about making investment in Pakistan and subsequently devise a mechanism to address their concerns as it would go a long way in attracting foreign investment in Pakistan.
Treaties to protect foreign investors
Bilateral investment treaties have become potential weapons of multinational companies against developing country governments and societies. India has signed more than 50 of them. Yet BITs remain largely outside the domain of public discussion.
Pitfalls in signing BIT with US
A bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with the United States was billed to be signed during President Bush’s visit to Islamabad last month. However, the signing ceremony was put off because the US draft contained some provisions which President Musharraf said were highly objectionable and needed to be renegotiated.
"US-India Strategic Economic Partnership": Kowtowing to American big business
The Report of the US-India CEO Forum titled "US-India Strategic Economic Partnership", which was released during the recent Bush visit, has not attracted much media attention in contrast to the hype over the nuclear deal.
US: Ecuador oil-tax law violates treaty
A US Embassy spokeswoman said Friday that a newly approved oil-tax law designed to cut into windfall profits of foreign oil producers, like US-based Occidental Petroleum Corp, violates a bilateral investment treaty.