The State Department on Monday took Malaysia off a list of countries with particularly egregious human trafficking records, clearing the path for the country’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, one of the top political priorities for the Obama administration.
As the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) enter what could be its last round, we as people living with HIV/Aids (PLHIV), urge the Malaysian government not to trade away our lives.
The recent Reuters report on Obama’s move to upgrade the human rights status of Malaysia to allow the continuation of the negotiations of the TPPA gives a taste of what is to come, especially for migrants’ rights, if the trade deal will be signed.
The United States is upgrading Malaysia from the lowest tier on its list of worst human trafficking centers so that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal can go through.
"We will wait for the cost-benefit analysis on the TPPA, which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks, and will then lean on Parliament to determine the country’s participation in it," Malaysia trade minister says.
Malaysia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will resume talks on a free trade agreement this year, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement have to be concluded in the next few weeks, or it will be suspended. But there are still many unsettled issues.
The Malaysian government must scrap certification from the TPPA as it allows the US president to unilaterally amend FTAs for US interests, says Charles Santiago
The government is still open to having the Malaysia-EU Free Trade Agreement despite it being stalled currently.
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is most concerned about the serious implications of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses and provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other such agreements and treaties that Malaysia signs.
Australia’s medicine subsidies, Canadian films and culture, and capital controls in Chile would be carved out from investment protection rules being negotiated in a Pacific trade pact, according to a draft text released by Wikileaks on Wednesday.
Why is the Malaysian government so committed to signing the TPP despite its lack of popularity amongst various quarters in Malaysian society?
Five out LGBT members of Congress objected to the inclusion of two countries with anti-LGBT laws in a free trade deal that the Obama administration is currently negotiating and seeking to fast-track it for adoption.
Malaysia is hopeful that negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can be concluded by year-end, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.
Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed has expressed the hope that Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur (KL) would sign a Free Trade Agreement between Malaysia and Bangladesh by middle of next year
A third round of negotiations towards a broad-based free trade agreement between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states – Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway – and Malaysia took place in Geneva from November 25 to 28, 2014.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang has said that it is concerned that Malaysia is continuing with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiation and has urged the government to withdraw from it and not sign the TPPA.
The government should evaluate the clauses in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) before they sign it , said the Malaysian Employers Federation.
Malaysia is keen to push for talks on free trade agreement with the European Union, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak told the 14th Asia-Europe Business Forum
The planned free-trade agreement (FTA) between Bangladesh and Malaysia for enhancing bilateral trade and economic cooperation could not be signed for lukewarm response from Dhaka, the Malaysian envoy said Monday.