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Thailand, UK eying new trade deal
Thailand and the United Kingdom agree to increase their two-way trade and explore the possibility of creating a free trade agreement (FTA).
Thailand unlikely to join Asia-Pacific trade pact this year
Thailand will take until September to study whether to join a trans-Pacific free trade agreement, potentially missing a window for entry this year amid widespread concern that joining the pact may harm its farm and healthcare sectors.
Thailand prepares to sign RCEP pact minus India
Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries will sign the RCEP trade pact by the end of 2020 but India will not be among them.
Planting seeds of doubt
As sporadic tensions flare over US-China trade, a fierce debate also continues at home, centred on whether Thailand should join a trade pact touted as creating the third-largest free trade area in the world.
#NoCPTPP trends on Twitter overnight
The #NoCPTPP hashtag is back on trend overnight, after the Shippers’ Council supported Thailand to participate in CPTPP negotiations to create impetus for the economy.
Thailand to consider membership in Asia-Pacific trade pact in a month
Thailand’s cabinet has agreed to set up a committee to consider whether Thailand should seek membership in an Asia-Pacific trade agreement after widespread opposition last month amid concerns joining the pact may harm the agriculture industry.
Union calls for equal recognition for healthcare workers
The union and its allies also asked the government not to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as they view that the restriction of rights to access medicine under the deal would put the country’s public health system in danger.
Thailand shelves Asia-Pacific trade pact membership decision
Thailand’s cabinet will not consider on Tuesday whether Thailand will seek membership of an Asia-Pacific trade agreement due to widespread opposition.
Cabinet to mull joining Pacific trade pact
The Commerce Ministry is pushing for cabinet approval for Thailand’s bid to join the (CPTPP) amid fierce opposition from civil groups which have argued the move will have an adverse impact on food security and access to medicines.
Thailand loses US free trade benefits worth billions of baht
Thailand loses duty free access for 42.2 billion baht in exports to the US market from today, unless the kingdom committed to labour rights reforms.
Thai firms explore investment avenues in Pakistan
Pakistan and Thailand will hold political consultations at the secretary level as well as organise meetings of the Joint Economic Commission to further bolster economic relations between the two nations.
What Deputy PM Somkid didn’t say: disasters loom large as Thai government eager to join CPTPP
FTA Watch and Thai civil society slammed government’s attempt to push Thailand into CPTPP FTA while the country have no negotiating power; risking negative impacts on Thai small farmers, rights over seeds and breeds, and access to medicine.
EU eyes FTAs with Asean as a whole
The EU has expressed interest in pursuing a number of free trade agreements (FTAs) in the region, not only with Thailand but eventually with Asean as a whole, says EU-Asean Business Council Chairman Donald Kanak.
Somkid: Call on CPTPP due in 3 months
The cabinet is expected to make a decision by April or May on whether Thailand will join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
Thailand eyes trade deal with UK
Brexit could pave the way for a free trade agreement between Thailand and the United Kingdom, says director-general of the trade negotiation department.
Ministry seeks nod for RCEP signing
The Commerce Ministry is scheduled to propose cabinet endorsement of Thailand’s participation in signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by the middle of this year.
Japan pledges support for Thailand joining Pacific trade pact
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi promised on Tuesday to help Thailand join a trans-Pacific free trade agreement at an early date.
Cabinet lines up FTAs with Bangladesh, Turkey
Thailand and Bangladesh will kick off talks to establish a free trade agreement. The Thai cabinet has also approved a proposal to sign an FTA with Turkey.
Negotiations on FTA between Pakistan, Thailand in final stage: Kamboh
Negotiations on FTA between Pakistan and Thailand are in final stage, however, Pakistani exports must prepare themselves right now to penetrate deep into the South East Asian markets through Thailand with full preparedness.
Officials look to jump-start EFTA talks
The European Free Trade Association (Efta), a regional trade bloc and free trade area consisting of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, is keen to revive free trade agreement (FTA) talks with Thailand.