A mammoth regional grouping involving Asean and other countries and groups is in the works.
On 3 Jun 05, the trade ministers of Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and
Singapore announced the substantive conclusion of the Trans-Pacific
Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (“Trans-Pacific SEP”) on the
sidelines of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) meeting in
New Zealand, Brunei, Chile and Singapore announced a trans-Pacific free trade pact to improve market access between the countries.
On Friday, Chile will formally unveil free trade agreements with New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei, building on existing agreements with South Korea, Canada, the US and the European Union. Next on Chile’s FTA hit list are Asian giants China, Japan and India.
The KSFTA was promoted by Korea under two main strategies. One is to use Singapore as a bridge to gain more market access in Southeast Asia and strive further towards regional integration, and the other is to use external ‘stimulus’ from Singapore to “strengthen competitiveness” (restructuring and liberalization) of the services industry.....
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that Singapore and Pakistan will begin negotiations next month on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement.
Singapore and South Africa have agreed to begin free trade talks later this year, as the wealthy city-state seeks to expand its economic access to African states.
Saudi Arabia intends to sign an Investment Guarantee Agreement with Singapore.
Last week saw both the signing of a Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and Thailand and another round of negotiations with Chile and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership, (P-3) probably now ’successfully’ concluded. "Yet few New Zealanders know about these agreements and their negative implications for many of the worst off citizens in all the countries involved", says the Action Research and Education Network of Aotearoa (ARENA).
Singapore, Chile, New Zealand and Brunei have completed their fifth round of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
Singapore and the South African Customs Union will begin talks on a free trade agreement later this year.
Singapore and Kuwait are discussing an Investment Chapter as part of the free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated between the two countries.
Negotiators from South Korea and Singapore have initialed a free trade agreement which will likely take effect in the second half of this year, the South Korean foreign ministry said.
The Roh administration has not had an easy time handling the foreign policy file. But for all its faults and foibles, there is one very important portion of that file in which the president has provided some strong leadership: free trade.
Singapore and Panama have successfully concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement which both countries hope to sign later this year.
A Free Trade Agreement between India and Singapore should be ready during the next couple of weeks, India’s finance minister said Monday.
Europe is on the high road to big business losses. As the US races to make trade deals with nations across the world, Europe has held back, on lofty principle. That, in any event, is the message European businesses in Singapore will deliver to EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson when he arrives in the city-state in April.
Singapore and the United Arab Emirates signed Friday an economic, trade and technical cooperation pact that could lead to the launch of negotiations for a free trade deal between the two countries, Singapore’s Trade and Industry Ministry said Friday.
Singapore and Saudi Arabia are exploring the possibility of promoting trade and investment, either through a bilateral or multilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with other countries in the Gulf.