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Nations agree to spur trade in East Africa
Members of the East African Community to implement trade facilitation reforms including reducing “non-tariff barriers”.
Pakistan to evaluate trade policy on modern lines
Pakistan would evaluate its trade policy according to modern trends, and implement the strategic policy framework 2015/19 in letter and spirit to boost the country’s exports.
16 nations reach 2 more deals in RCEP talks
Negotiators from Asia-Oceania countries struck deals on customs procedures and trade facilitation and government procurement covered by RCEP free trade agreement. Adding to two previously concluded chapter of economic and technical cooperation as well as small businesses.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Narendra Modi meet to focus on India, Israel business ties
Forging links between the entrepreneurs of India and Israel in areas of technology and innovation is high on the agenda of both the governments as they look for ways to propel ties to the next level.
Malaysian Chinese feel impact of China’s "Belt and Road" initiative
In Malaysia, people of Chinese descent account for about a quarter of the population. With China seeking a stronger economic foothold overseas through its "Belt and Road" initiative, this community is looking to benefit.
Indonesia, Turkey begin CEPA talks
Indonesia and Turkey held first round on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in Jakarta. Delegations from both the countries discussed the agreement’s terms of reference (ToR) as well as trade issues, such as legal matters and customs.
US business groups ask trade agency to keep trucking rules in NAFTA
More than 100 US-based retailers, agriculture groups and transportation councils urged the government’s trade agency to preserve trucking provisions in any new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
EU-Indonesia FTA - draft customs and trade facilitation chapter (December 2016)
As published by the European Commission
Ben Guerdane to host free trade zone
The Tunisian government has announced plans to create a free trade zone within the southern town of Ben Guerdane.
Mexico and the European Free Trade Association to update free trade agreement
The document, signed by the parties, establishes the terms for the negotiations to update and expand the FTA between Mexico and the EFTA.
TFTA: Pan-African free trade area announced
TFTA states that its aims include harmonisation and improvement of regional trading arrangements, enhancement of trade facilitation.
COMESA prepares for regional trade facilitation
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has conducted training workshops for stakeholders in transit trade in preparation for the implementation of regional trade facilitation instruments.
COMESA, ZRA launch virtual trade facilitation system
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) have launched the COMESA virtual trade facilitation system (CVTFS) aimed at tracking the movement of cargo to curb illicit trade.
US moves toward greater trade with Africa
Pact with Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — to be expanded to other countries later on — seen as a stepping stone to full fledged FTA
Fast track trade in the US hits difficulties
President Obama’s hopes that the Fast Track mechanism would go through congress have met opposition from leading Congress Democrat, Harry Reid.
ASEAN set to ink deals with China
ASEAN and Chinese leaders are set to ink two Free Trade Agreements at a bilateral summit later this month: one on sanitary and phytosanitary (animal and plant health) standards; the other would give officials more flexibility in facilitating growth between ASEAN and China.
ACP, LDC sugar suppliers deplore EC’s CAP proposals
The ACP and LDC cane sugar suppliers express their profound concern and dismay at the Commission’s proposals in respect of the elimination of sugar quotas in the context of the CAP reform announced on 12 October 2011.
Developing countries query European bid to abolish sugar quotas
The ACP Sugar Group has recently been made aware through media reports of an “impact study” made by and for the European Commission, reportedly due for release in October 2011. This study refers to proposals for changes in the European sugar regime. It is hoped that this is not accurate as some of the key assumptions and results are more than questionable.
AU’s Ministerial Declaration on EPA negotiations
EPAs should serve as instruments for development and poverty reduction. They must also support the deepening of intra-African trade.