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South Korean trade minister calls for closer ties with the EU
Eleven years after the EU and South Korea signed a free trade agreement, South Korean Trade Minister is seeking to modernise it by including investment protection and new technologies.
India agrees to provide USD 200 million line of credit to support development projects in Kyrgyzstan
Indian External Affairs Minister said that one area that needs a concerted push from both sides is bilateral trade and investments.
Tsai calls Taiwan indispensable partner to EU, appeals for BIA
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has called on the European Union (EU) to establish a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with Taiwan because of the role it can play as a democratic and economic partner.
European Parliament voices support for EU-Taiwan investment agreement
The European Parliament adopted a resolution during a plenary session on Thursday in which it urged the European Union to negotiate a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with Taiwan.
WTO plurilateral investment facilitation draft consolidated revised Easter text
Some WTO Members are negotiating rules on facilitating investment. This is the draft consolidated text as of 23 July 2021 ("revised Easter text"). It updates the Easter text available at https://www.bilaterals.org/?wto-plurilateral-investment-45012.
WTO plurilateral investment facilitation draft consolidated Easter text
Some WTO Members are negotiating rules on facilitating investment. This is the draft consolidated text as of 12 April 2021.
European lawmakers seek to upgrade ties with Taiwan
The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a report that urged the EU to begin work on a bilateral investment agreement with Taiwan.
Death by a thousand treaties
Governments must urgently terminate all international investment treaties in force, in particular the Energy Charter Treaty, and stop negotiating new ones.
Ethiopia wins major International Court case against Israeli firm ICL
The Hague based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) passed its final judgment on Friday rejecting the Israel based mining company’s, Israel Chemical Limited (ICL) compensation claims filed against the government of Ethiopia.
Winshear seeks C$124,781,945 in damages from Tanzania
Winshear Gold Corp. has filed a case at ICSID against Tanzania for the expropriation of the company’s retention licenses, claiming the country has breached its obligations under the Tanzania-Canada BIT.
The limits of sovereignty
Terminating 23 BITs is an important step for Pakistan, but if relationships with the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank remain, economic efficiency will continue to be prioritised over social justice and the rights of citizens.
BoI to sign treaties as per its new template
The Board of Investment (BoI) is all set to sign treaties with foreign countries in line with the new Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) template, which was approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan last week, sources said.
Protecting human and environmental rights in international investment agreements
Human rights experts are particularly concerned about the asymmetric nature of the system and a lack of investors’ human rights obligations. Together with high ISDS costs and arbitral awards, they undermine states’ ability to realise economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.
Pakistan to terminate 23 bilateral investment treaties
Decision aimed at avoiding international arbitration with foreign firms .
Brexit: Western Sahara indy campaign takes UK Government to court
A CAMPAIGN group backing independence in Western Sahara is to take the UK Government to court over a post-Brexit trade agreement with Morocco.
DR Congo, Rwanda sign three agreements on bilateral cooperation
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda signed on Saturday three agreements on bilateral cooperation after a meeting between the two heads of state in Goma.
India-EU FTA talks likely in September but no resolution yet on linking of investments, GIs
India and the EU are likely to begin negotiations on the revamped proposal for a bilateral FTA in September but there continues to be disagreement on whether to carve out separate agreements on investment protection and geographical indications (GIs).
EU sets Uyghur and Hong Kong conditions for investment agreement
The conditions have been listed in a draft report prepared by foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament.
New Ecuadorian government teams up with powerful international lobbies to rejoin investment treaties prohibited by the constitution
Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) allow foreign capitalists to run roughshod over the rights of Ecuadorians.
Unpacking an empty box? The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
The recent tit-for-tat sanctions between the EU and China have cast a shadow over the deal’s future and frozen talks for the time being. But if the agreement reaches the finish line, what is at stake?