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ASEAN-Canada FTA negotiations expected to conclude during next Presidential term
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the conclusion of negotiations with Canada for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is expected to come some time after the Duterte administration steps down on June 30.
PH eyes concluding trade deal with UAE next year
Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry targets to conclude the trade and investment agreement with the United Arab Emirates
PH to pursue free trade talks with US
The Philippines is keen on continuing the US Generalized System of Preferences and having a free trade agreement with the world’s largest economy.
PH censures Myanmar, rejects its ratification of RCEP free trade pact
After New Zealand notified it would not recognize Myanmar’s “instrument of ratification” of the RCEP because it opposes its military-led government, the Philippines will reject Myanmar’s instrument of ratification as well.
PH, UAE finalizing investment protection deal
The Philippines and United Arab Emirates are finalizing an investment agreement and will also launch Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) discussions.
RCEP deferment: An opportunity to re-think trade policy
The Senate bowed to the wishes of over 100 peasant organizations and 200 mayors of municipalities engaged in organic farm production. The senators deferred to May the chamber’s decision on whether to ratify or not the RCEP.
Food producers reject RCEP
Local fish, pork and chicken producers formed a united front against the RCEP and urged the Philippine Senate to defer ratification of the "lopsided" international trade accord.
FTA signing targeted in March with South Korea
The Philippines is aiming to sign next month the free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea, which is expected to contribute to economic recovery efforts from the pandemic.
Trade justice advocates to senators: Which side are you on?
Trade Justice Pilipinas reiterates its call to the Senate to deny concurrence to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.
Groups, mayors oppose RCEP trade agreement
Over 60 groups of farmers, fishers, workers, civil society organizations and 186 mayors oppose the Senate’s concurrence to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement.
As Manila deliberates on RCEP, China looms large
In the Philippine, RCEP ratification was distracted by the pandemic and typhoon response. The coming May polls may present some hurdles in fast-tracking accession to RCEP.
Biden admin seen ‘no appetite’ for bilateral FTA
The Biden administration is perceived not interested in forging bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the Philippines, which was pushed during the Trump administration.
PH, UAE start trade talks
The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to start scoping discussions on a possible comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA).
Farmers urged senators to junk RCEP
A group of farmers has threatened not to support re-electionist senators if they will not junk the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a mega trade deal.
RCEP: Weighing the good, bad in world’s biggest free trade pact
A group of farmers, fishers, civil society organizations, and the private sector has expressed opposition to the ratification of the world’s largest free trade agreement—the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
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).