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PH eyes 3 more bilateral agreements
The Philippines plans to forge bilateral agreements with Mexico, Chile and Canada, after the countries started last week exploration talks aimed at further strengthening their trade and economic relations.
Philippines, Peru set to engage in FTA talks
The Philippines is set to engage into free trade agreement talks with Peru, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
PH, Canada mull free trade pact
Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have agreed to explore the possibility of forging a free trade agreement.
PH remains keen on joining TPP
The Philippines is not closing its doors on joining the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, but it will wait for the agreement to be finalized first and for the text to become publicly available to be able to make an informed judgment on whether it should join the trade pact or not, a senior trade official said.
New generation free trade agreements: A threat to life and livelihoods
Multi-sectoral network calls on Philippine government to turn back from its FTA ambitions
JPEPA: Keep existing fiscal perks, Japan firms urge gov’t
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines will appeal to the government anew to retain the existing fiscal incentive regime in an upcoming meeting under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (Jpepa).
Philippines not to seek to join TPP: trade chief
The Philippines will not participate in the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under its current government, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported earlier this week, citing the Philippine trade chief.
EFTA, Philippines hold first FTA negotiations
The first round of free trade agreement talks between the Philippines and the members of the European Free Trade Association – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – was held last week in Makati, Philippines.
EU pursues FTA talks with Philippines
The European Union is pursuing discussions with the Philippines within the year for a possible free trade agreement as the country’s ongoing economic reform process shows readiness to commit to an ambitious bilateral deal.
Chile interested in free trade agreement with PH—Domingo
A Chilean delegation is set to arrive in March and may initiate talks for a bilateral free trade agreement with the Philippines, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said over the weekend.
Philippines interested in joining US-led Trans-Pacific free trade area
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said his government is studying the benefits of joining the TPP before it makes a decision.
300 Pinoy nurses, caregivers Japan-bound
Notwithstanding the ruling on the legality of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) that is expected in the coming weeks, over 300 Filipino nurses and caregivers are bound for Japan in an attempt at gaining employment.
SC inches closer to resolving JPEPA petition
The Philippine Supreme Court has gone a step closer to resolving a six-year-old petition seeking to stop the implementation of the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).
Six years after JPEPA: PHL the world’s toxic waste dump site?
Six years after the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) was signed, Philippines may be becoming the world’s dump site for toxic waste.
US-led trade bloc seen to harm Philippines
The Philippines stands to lose some of its major markets if it will not be able to join the United States-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc, a US-based economist said.
The dangers of more bilateral FTAs
Reaction to pronouncements made by Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr on Philippines interest to pursue more bilateral free trade agreements.
PHL to open more bilateral agreements
Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said the Philippines is willing to look into having bilateral trade agreements with other countries.
600,000 sugar workers’ jobs in peril when ASEAN Free Trade Agreement takes effect in 2015 - SRA
The implementation of the Common Effective Preferential Tariff scheme under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) in 2015 may imperil the livelihood of about 62,000 sugar farmers and 600,000 sugar workers in the Philippines, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said.
Philippines: TPP technical consultations wrapped up by yearend
The Philippine government aims to finish technical consultations with member states of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the end of the year before it can decide whether the Philippines will participate in the regional free trade agreement, an official said.
590 Filipinas not covered by FTA came to Japan to work as caregivers
About 590 Filipinas who have come to Japan to work at nursing care facilities are not eligible for public support under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, Kyodo reports.