Colombia’s trade minister told business newspaper La Republica that recently-started talks on initiating a free trade agreement with Singapore could clear the path to Colombia’s membership of the APEC Pacific Rim trading bloc.
The proposed free trade (FTA) -like economic cooperation agreement with Singapore will not be a free lunch, but as long as Taiwan has the mettle to overhaul its economy, the deal could be a sumptuous feast.
Taiwan and Singapore announced a plan last week to explore the feasibility of a bilateral economic cooperation agreement on a par with a free trade agreement (FTA).
It has been announced that Taiwan and Singapore will initiate talks later this year on the feasibility of signing a bilateral economic cooperation agreement under the framework of the World Trade Organization. It was said that the trade agreement would not be called an FTA in order to avoid giving any problem to China.
“We also hope to sign FTA with countries in South East Asia and even Japan,” Taiwan’s top negotiator with China, Chiang Pin-kung, said.
Trade negotiations between Singapore and the European Union are on track with an agreement expected by next year, an EU official said Tuesday.
Singaporean firm Oceanus, the world’s leading producer of abalone, is counting on Taiwan’s trade deal with Beijing to expand in China.
The government of India wants a change in the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (Ceca), to explicitly bar the city state’s investment companies Temasek and GIC from having a combined equity stake of more than 10% in any Indian listed company.
Taiwan has made strides in negotiating free trade agreements with the Philippines and Singapore, the United Evening News reported yesterday, citing an unnamed high-level source within the government.
Singapore and Costa Rica signed the Singapore-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement on Tuesday.
Talks begin in Melbourne today to lift what began as a 2001 pact between New Zealand and Singapore to a powerful "new generation" regional free trade deal that the United States has made a top trade priority.
Singapore and the European Union will launch negotiations for a free trade agreement with the first round of talks scheduled to take place in Singapore from March 8 to 12
The European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, is due to travel to Singapore to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) and to Delhi "to inject new momentum into the ongoing FTA negotiations"
The agreement eliminates tariffs, liberalises trade in services and gives new protection to investors.
Visiting Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has proposed a free trade agreement between Singapore and a group of African nations, the city-state’s foreign ministry said Monday.
It will be Costa Rica’s first with an Asian country
"While we don’t lose sight of our ultimate goal of achieving an agreement within a regional framework, I welcome today’s decision which will allow us to move forward and re-engage with this important region through negotiations with individual ASEAN member states," EU Trade Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said.
Singapore and the European Union have agreed to begin talks for a free trade agreement, "paving the way for an EU-ASEAN FTA."
A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore would be beneficial because it would result in more opportunities with Sri Lanka, currently attempting to develop itself as a hub to India and a financial hub; particularly due to the country’s existing respective FTAs with India and with Pakistan, a top Singapore businessman has said.
Both accords are expected to be finalized within the first half of 2010.