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Pulp friction: Indian mango ban prompts protest in Britain
“With a new Indian government expected to put long-stalled EU free trade talks at the top of its agenda, the mango ban could not have come at a worse time as it risks souring discussions before they even get going,” Allie Renison of business lobby group the Institute of Directors wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
NHS could be ’carved open’ by US healthcare profiteers, warns Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
The NHS could be "carved open" for profiteering US private healthcare companies by the end of this year Labour has warned, as concerns grow over the implications of a landmark trade treaty between the US and the EU that critics say would give US healthcare giants, "irreversible" powers to bid for any NHS contract.
Opposition to EU-US trade deal growing as negotiations start in Brussels
British trade unions and campaign groups have written to Vince Cable calling for a halt to negotiations on the EU-US trade deal, as talks began in Brussels.
EU-PH FTA must be comprehensive – UK
The British government would like the proposed EU-Philippines free trade agreement to be a comprehensive one with very few exceptions.
East Kutai may file criminal charges against Churchill
The local administration in East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan, has threatened to file criminal charges against British company Churchill Mining Plc for allegedly forging its mining permits to operate mine areas in the regency.
In for messy litigation
Several local newspapers misread the recent decision by the Washington-based International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) as a verdict forcing the Indonesian government to pay over US$1 billion in compensation to the plaintiff, London-listed Churchill Mining Plc, in regard to its coal mining concessions in East Kalimantan.
Churchill Mining announces tribunal rejection of Indonesia challenge
The thermal coal producer said the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes rejected Indonesia’s jurisdictional challenges and it can now pursue claims for damages under the respective Bilateral Investment Treaties Indonesia entered into with the United Kingdom and Australia.
Rurelec wins historic Bolivian compensation award
UK power generator Rurelec has won an historic Bolivian compensation award worth $35.5m, the first granted by an international court against Bolivia.
Sovereignty fears lead to EU-US trade rethink
The European Commission is to rethink its approach to a controversial US trade deal which campaign groups in the UK have warned would fundamentally erode Britain’s sovereignty.
LPG firm’s investor seeks compensation
A shareholder from the United Kingdom of the company Progas Pakistan has initiated international arbitration proceedings of $573 million against Pakistan for alleged expropriation of its LPG infrastructure in Karachi and the government has decided to vigorously contest the case.
Cameron pushes EU free trade deal in China visit
British Prime Minister David Cameron met Chinese leaders on Monday as he called for the European Union to negotiate a free trade agreement with the world’s second-largest economy.
Britain leads push to convince Washington to back transatlantic free trade deal
Nick Clegg will arrive in Washington today to spearhead a British-led attempt to convince members of Congress to back an EU-US free trade agreement.
The proposed EU-US free trade agreement and the NHS
This treaty, if passed, would represent an enormous challenge to public-owned health services across Europe.
EU’s Everything But Arms initiative is impoverishing Cambodian farmers
An EU trade initiative intended to reduce poverty in the world’s poorest countries has driven thousands of Cambodian farming families into destitution and led to serious human rights violations, Inclusive Development International (IDI) and Equitable Cambodia and said in a report released Monday.
Pigs on Boeing 747s from UK to China
Following a trade deal, breeding pigs are being flown from the UK to China, up to 900 per flight in Boeing 747s.
US, UK want financial services as part of trade pact
The United States and the UK aim to include financial services in a proposed free-trade agreement between Washington and the 27-nation European Union, the British ambassador to the United States said on Thursday.
A Bolivian nationalisation too far? Rurelec gets its day in court
How did UK-based power company Rurelec manage to get Bolivia to go to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague over the nationalisation of the assets of its local subsidiary, Guaracachi, almost three years ago?
UK agri firms aim to cash in on EU-ASEAN FTA
British enterprises, particularly from the agriculture and agri-technology sectors, are expected to take advantage of the upcoming free-trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Thailand.
India seeks UK’s support to fast-track FTA with EU
India Tuesday sought Britain’s support for early conclusion of its much-discussed free trade deal with the European Union.
Canadian seafood industry eyes UK market as free trade deal moves closer
The European Union and Canada are close to signing a free trade agreement which will almost certainly open the way for more Canadian fish and seafood imports into Britain.