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China, Switzerland agree to start FTA talks
China and Switzerland on Friday agreed to start free trade agreement (FTA) talks, as the two states celebrate their 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
Philip Morris International claims against Uruguay without merit.
A legal analysis of the challenge launched by Philip Morris International found the company to be both unjustified and unreasonable in its opposition to Uruguay’s new tobacco packaging laws.
Swiss president starts visit to China, calls for Switzerland-China FTA
Swiss President Doris Leuthard voiced her hope for a free trade agreement between Switzerland and China as she started a working visit in Chongqing
Egypt boosts Swiss trade relations as euro weakens
Egypt is looking to mitigate the negative short-term effects of the weakening euro by diversifying its trade partners and increasing volumes with members of the European Free Trade Association, the country’s trade minister said.
Uruguay: Philip Morris files first-known investment treaty claim against tobacco regulations
The move is certain to be closely watched by international lawyers and policymakers alike, as it will serve as an early test-case of the little-used intellectual property protections contained in BITs.
Le pain suisse menacé de disparition
Si la Suisse signe les accords de libre-échange agricole avec l’Union européenne, les cultures de céréales panifiables pourraient disparaître du pays en quatre ans. En 2016, il ne serait donc théoriquement plus possible de manger du pain à base de farine suisse.
Sino-Swiss free trade accord weighed up
Switzerland and China have launched a feasibility study aimed at drawing up a free trade agreement between the two countries.
Leuthard keeps to agriculture course
Swiss Economics Minister Doris Leuthard is keeping to the policy of liberalising agriculture, and negotiating an FTA with the European Union, despite mounting criticisms and boot lobbing by angry farmers.
Japanese-Swiss FTA takes effect
A free-trade agreement between Japan and Switzerland came into force Tuesday as the two countries aim to liberalize more than 99 percent of their trade in goods in 10 years.
Swiss firms eye Japanese free trade bounty
Swiss companies are assessing how they could take advantage of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Japan that comes into effect on September 1.
India talks FTA with Switzerland
Instead of stopping the West and multinational drugmakers in their efforts to block India’s low-cost generic drugs exports, the government is helping their cause by aggressively pursuing free trade agreements (FTAs) with developed economies — agreements that could further hamper the world’s access to such drugs.
Free trade agreement with Colombia under pressure
Citing “serious and systematic” human rights violations in Colombia, 33 non-governmental organizations led by Alliance Sud, the Berne Declaration and the Swiss Working Group on Colombia sent a letter 12 May to deputies urging them not to ratify the trade agreement between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member, and Colombia.
Swiss say big yes to EU labour
The Swiss shook off right-wing fears over job losses on Sunday, voting resoundingly to prolong an EU free labour agreement and extending the policy to workers from bloc newcomers Bulgaria and Romania.
China and Switzerland: investment protection signed, free trade under study
Switzerland is the first country whose investors will receive a “higher level” of protection in China, under the terms of a bilateral agreement signed during a working visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
China, Switzerland agree to begin feasibility study on free trade zone
China and Switzerland decided on Tuesday to begin a joint feasibility study on creating a bilateral free trade zone in the second half of this year in preparation for formally launching negotiations on the issue.
Switzerland: Signing of a bilateral framework agreement with Venezuela
The framework agreement will form the basis for the further development of bilateral economic relations and for the participation of Swiss firms in projects in Venezuela.
Japan agrees on concluding FTAs with Vietnam, Switzerland
Japan has struck separate basic deals with Vietnam and Switzerland to conclude bilateral free trade agreements after more than one year of negotiations, government officials said Monday.
Japan, Switzerland in last-minute talks on free trade accord
Japan and Switzerland continued last-minute negotiations Friday on a broad agreement to liberalize bilateral trade. They had planned to strike a deal Friday, but some differences apparently remain regarding how to liberalize imports of Swiss agricultural products to Japan.
Hard bargains: Bilateral trade pacts draw domestic objections
The fear of having other countries steal a march on Washington by signing their own deals may bring Congress back to the bilateral trade negotiating table.
Switzerland moves towards trade agreement with India
Switzerland has moved closer to sealing a free trade agreement with India following a business delegation visit led by Economics Minister Doris Leuthard.