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Imran okays new bilateral investment treaty template
Pakistan Prime Minister has approved the new Bilateral Investment Treaty template whereby any dispute will now be remedied through local arbitration.
Vietnam to gain as EU-China investment pact stalls
European investors are likely to look beyond China following the suspension of an investment agreement. Strong diplomatic relations and trade ties with Vietnam mean that the Southeast Asian country is tipped to profit.
Proposed AfCFTA investment protocol should be simplified to attract foreign direct investment into Africa, says ECA’s Karingi
The Economic Commission for Africa today made a pre-launch presentation of a report which offers policy recommendations to member states wishing to take advantage of the economies of scope and scale of the envisioned AfCFTA Investment Protocol to attract investment.
CAI rears its ugly head again
Hope for the EU-China comprehensive agreement on investment (CAI) springs eternal, after Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel had another call with Xi Jinping.
Taking the EU reins, Slovenia plans to press ahead on China investment deal
Technical work will continue to ready the deal if it is enacted, even though the European Parliament froze its consideration after Beijing sanctioned several of its members, Slovenian ambassador says.
Reconsidering RCEP’s Impact on Foreign Investment
Based on our analysis, RCEP does not ensure a new world order for FDI. Countries wanting to attract FDI cannot rest on the laurels of RCEP or its changes in ROOs.
Nigerian govt asked not to ascent to Energy Charter Treaty
Nigerian labour unions and civil society organizations have urged the government not to assent to the ECT, explaining that the Treaty contains provisions for an Investor-State Dispute System (ISDS), which accords investors obscene privileges.
MEPs push Brussels to follow Biden on Taiwan trade
EU lawmakers are fed up with the European Commission’s reluctance to start an investment deal with Taiwan, while U.S. President Joe Biden has his sights set on trade talks with Taipei.
Cost of bilateral investment treaties
Since Pakistan is already facing problems in attracting any new investment, it may not be in a position to terminate its bilateral treaties en bloc. Therefore, the only option is to review and renegotiate the scope of existing treaties and enter into any new negotiations with utmost care.
Israel to open economic office in Abu Dhabi to boost Gulf investment
Israel plans to open an economic attaché office in Abu Dhabi to attract foreign investment and boost economic relations with Gulf states and the broader Arab world
Israel, UAE sign double taxation prevention agreement
The tax treaty and the investment-protection agreement lay the groundwork for increasing economic cooperation.
EU to open negotiations on an agreement on investment facilitation with the Republic of Angola
The Council of the European Union today adopted a decision to open negotiations in view of an agreement on investment facilitation with the Republic of Angola.
Investment treaties and FDI
Not only are the BITs not necessary for attracting FDI, they have potential costs as well. A case in point is Pakistan, which is a signatory to 52 BITs, but has a rather poor record of attracting FDI.
TRIPS Waiver: A BIT of a challenge for India
Potential BIT claims by foreign pharmaceutical companies against India for the revocation, suspension or non-enforcement of IPRs could undermine the benefits of a potential TRIPS waiver.
Services, investment key in UK trade pact
Services and investment are "huge" for Australia’s imminent trade pact with the United Kingdom, Trade Minister Dan Tehan said.
China’s embrace of sanctions costs it an investment deal with EU
European lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a resolution to withhold ratification of the investment deal with China, so long as its “baseless and arbitrary” penalties were in place.
European Parliament to vote on freezing China deal
Draft calls on EU to work with US on China, and to plan deals with Taiwan.
Canada BIT model (May 2021)
Taiwan says will work with EU, other democracies on chips
President Tsai reiterated a call for Taiwan and the EU to restart talks for a stalled bilateral investment agreement.
EU says not seeking escalation with China, working on investment deal
The situation is less dramatic than people seem to think. The EU is still working very closely with China’s Ministry of Commerce, the bloc’s ambassador in Beijing said.