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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.
Asean integration at the end of 2016
The launch of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015 was a milestone for Asean economic integration, which is, however, an ongoing process.
China-led Asia Pacific trade deal nears completion
Once approved, RCEP will promote free flow of goods and services among countries accounting for 30 percent of the global economy and half the world’s population.
RCEP: A devastating blow to the Philippine economy and its peoples
APRN statement on the RCEP Ministerial meeting in Cebu, Philippines on 3-4 November 2016
Philippine Government’s crackdown on nickel mining - Arbitration options for foreign investors
The viability of the Filipino nickel industry is in a state of flux following President Rodrigo Duterte’s national audit of the country’s forty mines. Lawyers explore ISDS options.
EU, PH affirm ‘solid economic ties’
EU businessmen affirmed their full commitment to the Philippines as an economic partner.
PH to engage Mexico in trade talks
The Philippines is eyeing to forge a free trade agreement with Mexico to further deepen the bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries.
PH to protect offensive interests in EU FTA talks
The Philippines will further define the country’s offensive interests and sensitivities in the ongoing bilateral free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU).
European car distributors seek tariff concession under FTA
European car distributors are asking the government to seek tariff concession for automotive under the planned Europe-Philippines free trade agreement (FTA).
DTI pursues free trade talks with EU, Chile
The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry is aggressively pursuing free trade talks with key trading partners, including the European Union and Chile, as it seeks to follow through with the gains achieved by the last administration.
Philippines holds informal TPP membership talks with US
The Philippines is eager to join the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal and it has already held informal talks with the United States to do so.
Shell takes Malampaya tax dispute vs PH to int’l arbitration body
Shell Philippines Exploration BV has raised its tax dispute with the Philippine government before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
The Philippines and TPP: opportunities and challenges
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a study that assesses a number of aspects of Philippine trade and investment law against the obligations contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement
DOE seeks end to Shell arbitration case
The Philippine government seeks to resolve the international arbitration case with operators of the Malampaya gas platform led by Royal Dutch Shell plc.
Sugar talks with Japan in crucial phase
The Philippines has been seeking review of JPEPA since Japan has not fulfilled its commitments under the agreement.
EU-Philippines: Commission to push for ambitious energy and raw materials chapter
The European Commission will push for robust provisions on trade and investment in energy and raw materials in a free trade agreement with the Philippines