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China cites Philippines’ key role in China-led RCEP
China says the Philippines will play a key role in a proposed regional free trade agreement led by China.
RCEP to give Philippines better market access than existing trade deals
ADB advisor Ganeshan Wignaraja said the Philippines must implement domestic reforms to make it more competitive should the RCEP be signed.
ASEAN economic ministers eye RCEP to shape trade and economic liberation in Asia
ASEAN ministers agree to push to achieve considerable progress on the the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
US refocuses on bilateral trade deals — ambassador
With the United States looking to drop the Trans Pacific Partnership trade scheme, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said Washington will be leaning towards bilateral free trade agreements.
US business pushes for bilateral trade pact between Manila, Washington
The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines seemed to have taken the cudgels for the Philippine government by pushing for a bilateral free trade agreement with the United States.
PHL to South Korea: Slash pineapple tariff to zero
Manila has asked Seoul to bring down to zero the tariff it slaps on Philippine pineapple exports to South Korea.
PH seeks review of economic agreement with Japan
The Filipino Department of Trade and Industry will soon review the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, aiming to request its counterpart in Japan to lower the seasonal tariff on pineapples and bananas.
Philippines to push for RCEP deal while ASEAN chair
The Philippines while chair of Asean this year, will push for the conclusion of an agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to pave the way for a mega regional free trade agreement (FTA) next year.
Expansion of ASEAN services accord pushed
The Philippines will push for the expansion and deepening of the ASEAN services agreement possibly over a 10-year transition period to allow the liberalization of more sectors.
PH to explore FTA with US
The Philippines will explore a bilateral free trade agreement with the US even as it will prioritize completion and implementation of existing and ongoing trade deals.
Time to terminate trade & investment agreements allowing corporations to sue government
The recent investment arbitral decision against the Philippines in favor of the Belgian corporation should be a wake up call on the dangers posed by free trade and investment agreements.
World court rules Aquino’s 2011 cancellation of Belgian dredging project illegal
Orders PH govt to pay Belgian firm P0.8 billion
China hopes to work with Philippines to finalise RCEP trade talks
Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said China wants to work together with the Philippines to conclude the regional RCEP trade talks
Big countries spoil RCEP conclusion
Bigger countries are potentially derailing the progress of this regional economic agreement being negotiated between the 10 Asean countries and their six FTA partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
PH, EFTA fast-track preparations to ratify free trade pact
Both parties are now “undertaking their respective domestic processes for the ratification and entry into force of the agreement.
Trump moves: The face of economic and political uncertainty in Asia
States such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines, which used to lean toward the United States (US), may now be seeking to find more favor with the Chinese.
Government ‘more open’ to RCEP trade pact: Dominguez
The Duterte administration will look closely at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), given its new policy of moving the country swiftly towards economic integration with its fellow-members in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
PH to work for first Pan-Asia trade deal
The Philippines is working towards closing the negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with other members of the Asean next year.
FTA talks with EU expected in early 2017
The Second round of talks for a free trade agreement between the European Union and the Philippines has been moved to early next year, delayed by “logistical” concerns.