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China, Switzerland to start talks for FTA upgrade ASAP
China and Switzerland signed a memorandum of understanding and agreed to officially start negotiations for the upgrade of the Sino-Swiss free trade agreement as soon as possible, according to Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
EFTA signs revised free trade agreement with Chile
The revised agreement with Chile was signed at a ministerial meeting of EFTA states (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway) in Geneva.
UN criticises EFTA for jeopardising the right to food
The member countries of European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are jeopardising the right to food through free trade agreements with countries of the Global South.
Switzerland seeks bilateral investment treaty with India
Switzerland pursues a new bilateral investment treaty with India post EFTA deal, addressing model treaty concerns.India remains reluctant on concessions, focusing on market.
Update on UK-Switzerland enhanced free trade agreement
The fourth round of negotiations on a UK-Switzerland enhanced Free Trade Agreement took place in Bern, Switzerland from 4 to 8 March 2024.
Swiss trade deal: Is India changing its tune on pharma patents?
Intellectual property protection for the Swiss pharmaceutical industry has been a key sticking point in negotiations on a free trade agreement with India. Now there seems to be a breakthrough in talks after 16 years. What’s changed?
Zim govt pays heavily for seizing timber company’s land
A London court has ordered Zimbabwe to pay US$125 million to two timber firms whose land was seized by the government, rejecting its claim of state immunity in a case that tests the enforcement of international arbitration awards.
EFTA updates free trade agreement with Chile
The countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member, and Chile have concluded negotiations to modernise their free trade agreement.
China and Switzerland to revive push to upgrade free-trade agreement
China and Switzerland will start talks to upgrade their free-trade agreement, Chinese Premier Li Qiang announced in Bern on Monday, as he opened his 2024 diplomatic calendar with an official visit to the Alpine nation.
Thailand and EFTA expect to wrap up free trade agreement by year-end
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on Wednesday met with the president of Switzerland, Viola Amherd, to discuss a free trade agreement between Thailand and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Both parties are determined to have the deal finalised by the end of the year.
India, European trade bloc close to inking deal after 16 yrs of talks
European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the four-nation trading bloc comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, is close to signing a trade agreement with India.
Hong Kong investors plan AT1 action against Switzerland
Investors in Hong Kong are preparing to file a request for arbitration against the Swiss government for writing off the AT1 bonds issued by Credit Suisse, claiming the move was at odds with a bilateral investment treaty between the jurisdictions.
Britain and Switzerland agree wide-ranging financial services trade deal
Britain and Switzerland signed a wide-ranging financial services deal granting reciprocal market access for their banks, insurers, asset managers and stock exchanges to boost trade and cut compliance costs.
Enhanced UK-Switzerland FTA negotiations: Update December 2023
Update on the third round of negotiations for an enhanced UK-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement.
Switzerland must defend Gruyère cheese in trade agreements
Switzerland must do more to defend Gruyère cheese and other products that have a protected status in Switzerland, according to the Swiss House of Representatives.
Switzerland signs free trade agreement with Moldova
Switzerland joined Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland in signing an agreement to boost economic and trade relations with Moldova.
UK targets services boost as Swiss trade talks begin
Britain and Switzerland will begin talks on an upgraded free trade agreement, with British trade secretary Kemi Badenoch flying to Bern aiming to boost financial and professional services exports.
Credit Suisse’s Japan bondholders seek arbitration over AT1 wipeout
Japanese investors will soon file a request for arbitration regarding Credit Suisse’s Additional Tier 1 bonds, under the economic partnership agreement between Japan and Switzerland.
Switzerland sweetens trade deal as top officials travel for EFTA talks
The European Free Trade Association is a free trade area between four countries – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland — and the trade deal negotiations have lingered on for over 15 years.
Switzerland says won’t follow EU out of beleaguered Energy Charter Treaty
Bern said it will not join the European Union’s proposed mass exit from a controversial energy investment protection treaty, sparking fears that fossil fuel companies will use Switzerland as a rear base to keep suing governments over climate action.