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US FTA deal to secure PH’s key market access
Philippine trade negotiator Ceferino S. Rodolfo confirms discussion with US on a possible FTA, says key interest is securing and preserving market access for Filipino exporters
US sees Philippines as next candidate for FTA
Trump envoy Lighthizer also expects talks with Japan within 30 days.
Philippines, US to start free trade talks in September
The Philippines will begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with the United States in September, its ambassador to Washington said.
PH, US renew interest in exploring free trade agreement
The US wants to involve the Philippines’ agricultural products such as rice, meat and poultry and intellectual property rights. Washington also wants the Philippines to have an open and competitive market for electronic payment (e-payment) services.
Republic of Korea, Philippines agree to accelerate RCEP conclusion
The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Philippines have agreed to further expand economic cooperation and work together for an early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
US in potential FTA with the Philippines
The US has said it looks forward to resolving outstanding issues with the Philippines and exploring the best method in which to strengthen and expand trade relations between the two countries.
EU upgrades IPR category of PH in terms of protection, enforcement
Despite serious concerns on copyright piracy, the EU has raised the Philippines’ standing from “bad” to “better” in the area of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
USTR sees FTA with PH first step in As-Pac strategy
The US Trade Representative (USTR) has looked that having a free trade agreement with the Philippines is a reasonable first step in their strategy in the Asia Pacific region.
Statement of Trade Justice Pilipinas : Human rights should be central to EU- Philippines partnership
Trade Justice Pilipinas is alarmed over reports that the European Union is wavering on its commitment to protect and promote human rights in the context of its long-term strategic partnership with the Philippines.
Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states
Voting 19-0, the Senate on Monday, March 5, concurred in the ratification of the free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states, composed of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
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.