The stalled Malaysia-European Union (EU) Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) talks will be resumed sooner, said EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Malaysia.
Free trade agreements have been the battering rams that have been used by the political elite of advanced countries to create a lop-sided economy that favours billionaires.
Discussions on the proposed Sri Lanka-Malaysia free trade agreement have advanced into the scoping stage.
Some nations such as New Zealand, Australia and Japan have been pushing for the deal to continue, but Malaysia’s Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed said his country was less keen to proceed.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang calls on the Malaysian government not to make changes to the law relating to intellectual property rights to comply with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
The free trade agreement negotiations between Malaysia and the European Union will include a discussion on the recent resolution by the EU parliament to phase out the use of certain vegetable oils.
Among recurring public concerns in almost all modern trade deals include the patent rights for medicine, the import of agricultural products, and the ISDS provision where companies can sue a state for alleged discrimination.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has hoped that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement will be in place at an earlier date with encouragement from India.
Malaysia is ready to resume negotiations on a free trade agreement with the European Union following the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Negotiations between EFTA and Malaysia have been ongoing since March 2014. The two sides have held eight rounds of negotiations, as well as intersessional expert meetings.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said Malaysia is not keen to salvage the TPPA with the other 10 nations after the United States pulled out of the trade pact.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said Malaysia is keen to revive the framework agreement but there have been challenges.
In the absence of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, bilateral trade agreements with trading partners would be a ‘doable and more realistic’ option for Malaysia, International Trade and Industry Minister said.
Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said Malaysia would continue to focus on efforts to conclude the RCEP negotiations as the TPP would not be implemented.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry is positive Malaysia’s total export of palm oil and palm oil products to Iran will grow by 30%-40% under a preferential or free trade agreement.
Local critics are not rejoicing over the United States’ withdrawal from the TPP deal, cautioning instead that the trade pact may be revived or survive in other forms.
Given the new developments regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Malaysia should withdraw from the agreement, stop implementing changes in domestic laws and policies designed to comply with it and not rush into negotiations with the US on a bilateral deal, says Consumers Association of Penang
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Ahmad Maslan said that Malaysia was ready with other alternatives, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Pakistan and Malaysia are negotiating to further reduce duties on existing and additional tariff lines under the FTA to facilitate businesses of both countries.
President Datuk Syed Ali Alattas to take advantage of Sudan’s free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union by investing in the African country.