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Trade ministers vow to sign RCEP before end of 2020
Trade ministers of the 10-member states of ASEAN and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Partners (Australia, China, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand) reaffirmed the signing of the RCEP Agreement before end of 2020.
RCEP will undermine fight against COVID19 pandemic
The 15 governments must consider the adverse impact of the mega FTA and put an end to trade agreements such as RCEP as they only increase protection and power of multinational corporations.
PH eager to forge FTAs with Mexico, US
The Philippines will pursue separate discussions with Mexico and the US for potential free trade agreements with each these two countries.
German firms call for PH, EU trade agreement
German companies on Monday called for the resumption of the negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the European Union (Euphfta).
PHL-South Korea FTA moves despite virus
The Philippines is pushing on with negotiations to conclude its FTA with South Korea, but the trade deal’s finalization has been moved to November.
Hong Kong-ASEAN free trade agreement, investment agreement to take effect for Philippines in May
On trade in goods under the FTA, the Philippines will progressively eliminate and reduce customs duties on goods originating from Hong Kong. On trade in services, Hong Kong service providers will enjoy better business opportunities.
Much improved FTA terms with Korea seen
The Philippines expressed optimism to conclude in April this year a much improved offer by South Korea in the proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
Envoy sees strong potential for UK-PH free trade agreement
Visiting United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines ees strong potential for free trade agreement in the future between the UK and the Philippines.
PH stays open to free trade deals with US, EU
The Philippines remains open to move forward discussions on possible separate free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States and the European Union after talks have recently slowed down.
Seoul, Manila to hold 5th round of FTA talks
South Korea plans to hold the fifth round of talks with the Philippines on a bilateral free trade agreement this week, with a goal of concluding the deal this year.
EU not keen on FTA talks with PH
The European Union (EU) has prioritized the EU-GSP (Generalized System of Preference) Plus as the platform that will govern its cooperation and trade relationship with the Duterte administration.
Japan trade deal failed to benefit PHL machinery
The Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) negatively impacted machinery and mechanical exports even as it benefited Philippine exports overall, according to a study from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies.
PH trade deficit ‘alarming,’ says BOI official
The trade deficit of the Philippines has been growing at a “quite alarming” rate, said Board of Investments (BOI) executive director Ma. Corazon Dichosa.
Philippines raises possibility of free trade deal with UAE
The government said it is exploring the possibility of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
PH sees US FTA nego next year
The Philippines is optimistic that discussions on the proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the US could start next year after the US Congress has settled trade issues with Canada and Mexico.
China trade deal to boost region
The Philippines’ chief economic manager is still pushing for the massive deal covering Asean and its free-trade partners such as China to sustain fast growth and poverty reduction across the region.
PH, South Korea see conclusion of free trade deal by 2020
The Philippines and South Korea are aiming to conclude their free trade negotiations by next year in a bid to finally cure the trade and industry imbalances between the two Asian nations.
US, PHL to open talks on free-trade deal
The US will begin negotiations for a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Manila in 2020, in a move that will secure market access for Philippine exporters to the United States
We demand trade justice reject RCEP and corporate trade deals
Trade Justice Pilipinas have come out on the streets over the last few weeks to lead various protest actions across the region against the RCEP—touted as the biggest regional free trade and investment deal.
Banana tariffs a sticking point in South Korea free trade deal
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with South Korea are currently stalled because Seoul has not budged on key items sought by the Philippine side, particularly on opening up the market for bananas.