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US pork industry backs free trade deal with PHL
The US National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said that it hopes Washington will conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Philippines, which it views as a priority market.
EU envoy to hasten FTA talks with PH
European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen on Thursday said he wants to hasten discussion for the free trade deal with the country to improve the economic ties between the EU and the Philippines.
Philippines, US to discuss free trade agreement in November
The agreement, if inked, will be the second such US engagement in with an ASEAN-member nation, the first being with Singapore.
Philippines and US aim to announce free trade talks in November
The talks are part of US President Donald Trump’s strategy to pursue bilateral rather than multilateral trade agreements to let Washington secure the best possible deal.
Malampaya’s P53-B tax case vs gov’t kicks off
Following the arbitral proceedings at the ICC, the government still faces another dispute relative to the Malampaya case at the ICSID, pursuant to the Philippines-Netherlands Bilateral Investment Treaty. Hearings are scheduled October 23-24 this year.
Textile and garment industry banks hope on possible US-PH FTA
The textile and garment industry, now far from its glory days, will have to bank on a possible free trade deal with the United States in a bid to revive its struggling businesses.
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.