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Philippines, EU rekindle ties on ‘equal footing’
Move seen as part of President Duterte’s push for an independent foreign policy.
‘Big boys’ causing delays in conclusion of RCEP
The Philippines is demanding its fellow negotiating-countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to seriously commit to a speedy conclusion of their trade deal, as the latest round of talks still failed to progress beyond trade in goods modalities.
Manila keeps focus on RCEP despite TPP breakthrough
Manila will continue to focus its efforts to concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) despite the breakthrough made by the 11 remaining negotiating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Philippines eyes more free trade pacts
Philippines’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is conducting internal studies and consultations on a possible free trade agreement with US. Philippines also hopes a substantial conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a renegotiation with Japan.
Duterte ratifies PH-EFTA FTA
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has submitted to the Senate for concurrence his ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between the Philippines and four of the world’s wealthiest states under EFTA (European Free Trade Association).
Pakistan working towards FTA with Pacific South East nations
Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines in the Pacific region are among the countries in the list to start a dialogue on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which will pave the way towards FTA for promoting trade liberalization.
Taiwan and Philippines ink bilateral investment agreement, despite protests from China
Taiwan and the Philippines sign a new bilateral investment agreement in Makati.
Follow-up talks on PH-US free trade held in Washington
A wide-ranging meeting held November 29 between trade representatives of the Philippines and the United States covered economic issues including a bilateral free trade agreement.
Civil society commits to push back corporate power at 2017 ACSC/APF
The call “Southeast Asia is not for sale. We are not for sale!” echoed as hundreds marched to the historic People Power Monument along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in Manila, Philippines.
Rising US, China protectionism: Philippines still on losing end
As the world financial crisis persists, developed countries like the United States and China are taking increasingly protectionist stances while they are also aggressively pursuing further liberalization of less developed countries.
PHL, US set to start talks on trade deal this month
Manila is sending a mission to Washington later this month to begin preliminary talks on the US-Philippines free-trade agreement.
Trump open to US-PH free trade deal
The United States will consider a possible free trade agreement with the Philippines, a Cabinet official said.
Duterte calls for stronger ties between APEC, ASEAN
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an informal dialogue that is the first of its kind between APEC and ASEAN.
PH not joining TPP without US
Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez stated that the Philippines is not joining the TPP, contradicting the position of Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez who renewed his interest of joining the TPP.
TPPA: The walking dead free trade agreement
The struggle against TPPA is thus not yet over, but needs to be intensified as zombie TPPA-minus US proves to be worse than its predecessor.
Philippines revives plan to join Trans-Pacific trade bloc
The Philippines is reviving its plan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) even as the mega-trade deal pushes through without the US, the Department of Trade and Industry said.
Philippine peoples’ movements reject RCEP
Various civil society groups and movements in the Philippines came together for a public forum to voice out their opposition to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
CSOs challenge PH trade negotiators: Take Philippines out of RCEP!
Philippine civil society groups and social movements stand together to oppose RCEP
AmCham wants Duterte, Trump to jump-start FTA
American businessmen are asking Manila and Washington to include a discussion on a “21st century free-trade agreement” (FTA) in the anticipated meeting between US President Donald J. Trump and President Duterte in Manila in November.
RCEP trade ministers to meet next month in Philippines
Trade ministers of 16 RCEP countries, including India and China, will meet next month in Philippines