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White House continues its Asia-Pacific outreach
US and Philippines officials met in Manila under their Trade and Investment Framework Agreement to discuss eliminating trade barriers and promoting increased bilateral trade
PH bats for conclusion of 2 major ASEAN FTA deals
The Philippines, which chairs ASEAN this year, is looking at the conclusion of two major free trade deals – ASEAN-Hong Kong and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
World Bank unit starts Malampaya arbitration
The ICSID designated the team that will hear Shell Philippines Exploration B.V.’s arbitration case against the Philippine government on Malampaya gas project’s corporate income tax issue.
The RCEP negotiations: From one round to another to another
Given the internal differences among participating countries, the RCEP certainly does not look anywhere near conclusion this year.
Swiss envoy urges PH to ratify free trade deal with EFTA
Swiss Ambassador Andrea Reichlin has urged the Philippines to ratify the free trade agreement (FTA) with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in order for the deal to become enforceable.
RCEP talks: Heat on India to scrap import duty on 90 per cent of goods
New Delhi is wary of giving access to China to its market
RCEP’s digital trade negotiations remain shrouded in secrecy
There has also been no official release of the chapters and textual proposals related to rules that are being tabled.
RCEP is undemocratic and anti-development​
IBON Foundation Statement for the Stakeholders’ Meeting of the Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC)18th Round of Negotiations on the RCEP
Reject moves to further weaken investment regulation at RCEP talks – IBON
Research group IBON urged Philippine negotiators to reject proposals that would restrict policy options of the country in regulating foreign trade and investment.
APC members protest during the 18th Round of RCEP negotiations
Philippines groups protest at the 18th round of RCEP negotiations
Reject RCEP and reject unjust trade deals
Trade Justice Pilipinas expresses its opposition to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement or RCEP
Asean Minus X formula to fast-track RCEP–PHL
Philippines has asked fellow RCEP negotiating countries to consider the use of “opt out and reciprocity” flexibilities to speed up the negotiations
MSF response on RCEP negotiations in the Philippines
Negotiators must protect public health safeguards that enable developing countries like India to keep supplying life-saving affordable medicines for millions of people worldwide.
Stop trading workers’ rights over profits
RCEP magnifies existing inequalities and discriminates against women, indigenous peoples, people living with HIV or other illnesses, people with disabilities,rural communities, farmers and workers
RCEP week of action in Manila: May 4-11, 2017
Week of action and resistance
Asia Pacific CSOs get ready for No RCEP week of action with release of video
Civil society groups say no to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
RCEP to boost global economic growth: ASEAN leaders
Leaders from the ASEAN have said that the RCEP will boost global trade
Fine tuning RCEP could take till 2019: Ramon Lopez
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that an agreement on the RCEP has not yet happened as member countries need to fine-tune details of the pact
PHL not in a hurry to ink FTA with US
"We’re comfortable and happy with the generalized system of preferences. If ever there are initiatives to work on an FTA, we’ll be open to that, but we won’t be bringing it up," says Philippines Trade Secretary.
RCEP is part of top agenda at the ASEAN Summit
Conclusion of the RCEP deal will be a priority at the ASEAN Summit in Manila