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Lopez pushes PH-EU FTA for more stable economic relations
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez cited the need to elevate the Philippine-EU trade and investment relations to new heights via a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to give the two parties’ bilateral relations more stability.
Reject the RCEP trade agreement
The RCEP agreement was finalized without consulting agri-fisheries stakeholders, many of whom are directly affected by the treaty’s trade rules and concessions
Agriculture interest groups declare opposition to RCEP
Farmers, nongovernment organizations, and some members of the private sector said they oppose the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement.
New Asia-Pacific free trade deal harmful to PH food producers, groups say
The country’s agricultural groups urged the government to step on the brakes and review the condition of the farm sector before signing up to a new Asia-Pacific free trade deal that will worsen the already dire state of domestic food producers.
Japan FTA talks stalled on farm product access
The process of reviewing the free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and Japan has stalled on the issue of access to Japanese markets for Philippine farm products, according to the Board of Investments (BoI).
Gov’t yet to consult with farmers on RCEP
The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) urged the Senate to defer the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement pending the conduct of consultations with farmers.
S. Korea, Philippines strike free trade deal
South Korea has concluded a free trade agreement with the Philippines in a move expected to bolster ties with the Southeast Asian nation and help diversify South Korea’s trade portfolio.
Malacanang ratifies RCEP, Senate for concurrence
Malacanang has ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (RCEP), a mega free trade deal seeking to grant zero duty on goods traded among 15 countries that account for 29 percent of global gross domestic product.
PH, Chile to kick off joint economic cooperation this year
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the Joint Economic Cooperation (JEC) between the Philippines and Chile will commence this year to strengthen trade and investment ties between the two nations.
Pakistani envoy eyes closer trade ties with PH
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Philippines said he would push for the inclusion of Pakistan in the RCEP to boost trade with the Philippines and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Philippines explores joining TPP to expand free trade network
The Philippines has formally expressed interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with the goal of building new relationships with countries outside its existing bilateral free trade agreements.
DTI seeks June trade deal signing with South Korea to ensure treaty approved before polls
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for a June conclusion to negotiations for a free trade agreement with South Korea, which would give the Philippines sufficient time to complete its domestic approval process before national elections next year.
Gov’t starting informal talks to join Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Philippines is starting informal talks with members of a transpacific trade deal as part of the process of indicating interest to join the agreement.
PH wants to join mega free trade pact
The Philippines, wants to be part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an FTA signed by 11 Asia-Pacific countries.
India considers long-term economic ties with the Philippines, to boost Indo-Pacific initiative
In an effort to reduce China’s influence in ASEAN’s third-largest economy, the Modi government is planning to make rapid inroads in the Philippines.
Manila to work with EU on free trade — Duterte
The Philippines would keep working with the European Union (EU) on issues including free trade and investment, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Wednesday as he got a visit from the bloc’s ambassador-designate.
RCEP seen highlighting PHL manufacturing weakness
A recently signed 15-country trade deal may not significantly benefit the Philippine economy and instead expose its lack of competitiveness in manufacturing, a senior equities research executive for Regis Partners said.
PH, EU eye trade dialogues next year
The Philippines and the European Union (EU) are eyeing to hold at least two trade dialogues in 2021, affirming the strong economic partnership of the two parties.
SoKor to step up FTA talks with PH
South Korea has expressed intention to step up the pace of the negotiations on the proposed Philippines-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Department of Finance (DOF) said in a statement.
PH gets Hungary’s support for EU free trade talks
The Hungarian government has assured the Philippines of support to continue negotiations for a free trade deal between the Philippines and the European Union (EU).