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S’pore firms jump onto bandwagon ahead of Taiwan-China trade deal
Singaporean firm Oceanus, the world’s leading producer of abalone, is counting on Taiwan’s trade deal with Beijing to expand in China.
EU accord to favour shrimp industry
Honduran shrimp exports to the Community market are expected to increase by 15 per cent as part of the association agreement signed between the European Union and Central America.
Peru plans to close FTA negotiations with Japan by end of April
"Japan insists on having more Peruvian fishing and agricultural products excluded from the agreement, but we insist on having less items out of the agreement," said Peru’s minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Martín Pérez.
European Union rules to benefit Papua New Guinea tuna sector
PNG can now export to EU markets fish caught anywhere in the world and not just restricted to archipelagic and territorial waters
EU trade treaty respects 200-mile maritime border
Peru successfully negotiated the safeguarding of national interests and respect for the Peruvian 200-mile maritime border during the IX Round of Negotiations of the Free Trade Treaty (TLC) with the European Union (EU) says the country’s trade minister
Manila government unprepared for tuna ban
The tuna ban is not meant to preserve tuna stocks in West and Central Pacific, but to dislodge fishing companies from Third World countries from their tuna fishing grounds and allow the tuna fleets of the European Union and Japan to take over these tuna-rich fishing areas.
South Africa: Fisheries pact with EU has to wait
The conclusion of a fisheries agreement between SA and the European Union has had to take second place to other considerations, even though SA’s fish exports to the EU are attracting duties that some other countries’ are not.
Kerala fishermen protest India-Asean free trade pact
The Kerala Fisheries Coordination Committee (KFCC) comprising several fishermen unions from the state on Tuesday said India-Asean Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would adversely impact the livelihood of a million fishermen in the state as cheap imports will cut down demand for local produce.
Fishworkers call for march to Parliament on November 11, 2009 against ASEAN-India FTA
The anger among the Fishworkers, in the face of such a monstrous Agreement, was elaborated by T. Peter (President, KSMTF): “The Fishing Community in Kerala will take all measures to stop this agreement, and will physically prevent any vessel carrying fish from the ASEAN nations from entering Cochin Harbour”.
‘FTA with Asean won’t hit fisheries’
Amid criticism by political rivals and apprehensions that the recently signed free trade agreement (FTA) with the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) would be detrimental to India’s agricultural and fisheries sectors, the government today said such fears had no basis.
Fishermen, farmers to protest free-trade agreement
Many fishermen and farmers’ organizations in Mangalore have taken umbrage at a move by the Union government to sign a free-trade agreement with Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Fishing boats blockade shipping channel in protest against ASEAN trade pact
Scores of mechanised fishing boats and crafts blockaded the shipping channel at Fort Kochi on Monday as a show of protest against the export-import agreement India has signed with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Canned tuna may be included in ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement
The European Union is reportedly open to negotiations for the possible lowering of tariffs or even granting duty-free treatment for canned tuna exports from the Philippines and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations under a proposed free trade agreement with the 10-nation regional bloc.
Thai Union urges govt to pursue FTA with EU
Thailand’s leading canned and seafood exporter, Thai Union Frozen Products, has urged the government to strengthen exporters’ competitiveness by going ahead with bilateral free-trade negotiations with the European Union.
Kerala fights clock in ASEAN free-trade deal
"If this FTA goes through, pepper may cease to be produced in Kerala, the land where it originated," says Thomas Verghese, a distinguished agricultural scientist and chairman of the Kerala State Prices Board
EU defends fleet
Fiji is on the verge of signing off on an economic partnership agreement with the European Union. But one of the main beneficiaries of the agreement —our fisheries sector— cannot enjoy any of the duty-free, quota-free access because it does not meet stringent EU rules and regulations.
Signing of FTA will push fishing sector into deep crisis
Stating that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with ASEAN countries would push the fishing sector into deep crisis in the state, Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (KSMTF) today urged the Centre to go back from its decision to sign the agreement.
INTERATUN rejects EU-Papua New Guinea accord
The Inter-Professional Tuna Organisation (INTERATUN) warns that the European tuna fishing industry is in trouble if the European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council approves the EU-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement on Monday, 13 July
Empty coasts, barren seas
In this article, GRAIN investigates how Asia’s small fishers stand under the proposed EU–ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA).
’Food colonialism’ increasing hunger in Africa
The European Union is coercing some West African governments into allowing European-based fishing companies to deplete West Africa’s fishing stocks in a new "food colonialism" that is now taking place between rich and poor countries around the world, according to British author George Monbiot.