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Thai-UK pact sets stage for agreement negotiations
Thailand and the UK plan to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a Joint Trade Committee on Commerce and Economic Cooperation, paving the way for a future free trade agreement (FTA) after Brexit.
Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban
Internal USTR communications lay out how the agrochemical industry is “pushing” for the US to fold this issue into the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Thai Parliament approves Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
The parliament approved the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which was expected to take effect this year, said Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit.
RCEP going to parliament, instant enforcement likely
The Commerce Ministry is scheduled to propose to parliament on Tuesday the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact, the world’s biggest free trade deal, signed by 15 nations in Asia-Pacific including Thailand last November.
Sri Lanka hope to revive free trade talks with Thailand
Sri Lanka and Thailand have expressed hope to revive talks on a free trade deal, after two rounds of negotiations.
State puts RCEP pact on fast track
Seeing the pact as a vital tool for economic recovery and growth, Thai ministry expects free trade among RCEP members to start by the middle of next year, following almost eight years of talks.
Thailand proposes virtual talks for FTA with Pakistan
Thai envoy proposed to virtually restart long-stalled talks on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Pakistan, pending since 2015.
Thailand’s export to China expanded under the BRI
China’s interconnectivity strategy under the Belt and Road Initiative enables Thailand to better exert the agreement on market opening under the framework of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area.
Why is Europe quiet about Thailand’s protests?
Sources say that Brussels is keeping its powder dry in case the situation deteriorates further in Thailand. Yet it doesn’t want to annoy Bangkok pre-emptively lest it weakens relations.
Labour rights key to resuming EU-Thailand trade talks
With a possible resumption of talks on the EU-Thailand free trade agreement on the cards, the European Union is being urged to require labour reform as a precondition to negotiations.
EU set to resume FTA talks with Thailand
The European Union is ready to resume Thai-EU free trade agreement (FTA) talks as soon as possible, senior officials have insisted.
Thailand’s trade agenda may be complicated and thwarted by raised tensions in the Indo Pacific
The loss of India from the RCEP pact is a bitter blow to Thailand which had been looking forward to becoming a partner with India’s technology sector which is also very close to that of the United States.
Thai ministry: RCEP deal set to be inked next month
The RCEP agreement is ready to be signed next month, and is expected to take effect in the second half of next year, said Auramon Supthaweethum, the director-general of Thailand’s Trade Negotiations Department.
Thailand hopes to sign free trade deal with Bangladesh soon: Outgoing Thai envoy
Thailand hopes to sign a free trade agreement with Bangladesh soon, outgoing Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh has said.
Pakistan, Thailand finalising 200 priority items under proposed FTA
Pakistan and Thailand are in a process of finalising offer lists on 200 priority items under a proposed bilateral free trade agreement, it was learnt on Thursday.
Thailand tries to get Efta pact in place
Thailand has kick-started efforts to forge a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association, a regional trade bloc consisting of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Vietnam’s EU trade deal fails to inspire COVID-hit neighbors
Southeast Asian countries facing the daunting challenge of kick-starting economic recoveries from COVID-19 are showing little interest in a step that could help — fast-tracking free trade talks with the European Union.
EU FTA study on the cards
The Trade Negotiations Department is scheduled to propose a study of the long-awaited free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU and present the outcome of public hearings on the pact’s impact to the commerce minister by the middle of next month.
Department of Trade Negotiations pushes ahead utilisation of RCEP privileges
As the 15 RCEP members are preparing to sign an agreement this November in Vietnam, the Department of Trade Negotiations is explaining how to make the most of RCEP and deal advantageously with its impacts in terms of competition among farmers, entrepreneurs, and civil society.
Official: Thai-EU FTA study could wrap up this month
Thai Trade Negotiations Department looks set to conclude the overall study of the long-awaited free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU and send the report to the commerce minister for consideration this month or early next.