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CPTPP nothing but a rebranding exercise
There is nothing progressive about the CPTPP except its name.
Malaysia urged to withdraw gracefully from bad trade deal
With negligible real trade gains from the original TPP, the US withdrawal has made benefits from the regional agreement even more trivial.
Malaysia calls for Sri Lanka FTA
Malaysia has expressed its strong interest in moving forward on the free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka that was initially contemplated in 2013, a communiqué from Sri Lanka’s Industry and Commerce Ministry said yesterday.
Chamber hopes for revival of EU-Malaysia free trade deal
The EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hopeful that the new government will resume talks on the EU-Malaysia free trade agreement.
Malaysia should review bilateral investment treaties for unfair bias towards investors
Malaysia should review bilateral investment treaties to see if it is fair to remain in these trade agreements as some contain clauses that are seen to be biased to investors, said Third World Network adviser Martin Khor.
After India, Malaysia apprehensive about China’s One Belt One Road Initiative
The newly formed government in Malaysia is apprehensive of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR). The Mahathir Mohamad government is not very keen to participate in China’s One Belt One Road Project.
Malaysia should ’make best use’ of Belt and Road, Mahathir says
The new government of Malaysia will continue its "friendly" relationship with China and "make best use" of its initiative to create a 21st-century Silk Road to connect East Asia with Europe, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.
Malaysia’s PM Mahathir urges TPP ‘renegotiation’ during trip to Tokyo
Leader’s visit to Japan seen as a sign of Malaysia’s move away from China, which pumped billions of dollars into the previous administration.
Malaysia keen to avoid China’s Belt Road Initiative tangle
The Government of Malaysia has said that while it has good bilateral relations with China, it would not be keen to go overboard in getting involved in Beijing’s BRI.
Reassess Malaysia’s position in trade agreements — CAP
The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) is urging the government to assess its position in regional trade agreements like the TPP and the RCEP.
Need to review trade policy and treaties
Trade deals cover many key issues besides trade and have huge implications for economic and social development, so they should also come under review by the new government.
New government still deciding to pursue trade pact
The Malaysian government will review several trade agreements such as Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to see if its viable to be part of the trade partnerships.
Mustapa: Hard to renegotiate TPPA if Trump wants US to rejoin
Renegotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to make significant changes may be difficult, says Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry.
Malaysia studying possibility of having FTA with Brazil
Malaysia is studying the possibility of establishing a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Brazil, International Trade and Industry Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri J Jayasiri said.
RCEP talks advance as members set sights on 2018 conclusion
In a speech at the Malaysia Business Forum, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez revealed that the RCEP will have substantial documents ready before the end of Singapore’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. This was agreed upon by trade ministers of RCEP negotiating countries in their recent meeting in Singapore.
Mustapa: After CPTPP, Malaysia’s focus now on RCEP
Following the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) last week, Malaysia is now shifting its focus to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Palm oil issue must be resolved ahead of Asean-EU FTA, says Mah
Palm oil would be at the top of Malaysia’s agenda on its free trade talks under the Asean with the European Union (EU).
No free trade agreement if EU bans palm oil: Mah
Malaysia’s free trade agreement talks with the European Union (EU) must address trade barriers that discriminate palm oil because this is a priority, a Cabinet minister said.
US amenable to trade talks with Japan, 4 other TPP members: USTR
In 2018, the Trump administration will continue efforts to build stronger, better and fairer trading relationships with Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand and Brunei.
Singapore RCEP meeting crucial, says Mustapa
Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, said he was confident the meeting, which would be held in Singapore, would serve as a platform to bridge the gap between Asean and other countries.