Within the trade pillar, it seems very likely that discussions on agriculture will focus on market access and the non-tariff issues, such as Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
Now the Covid-19 pandemic is no longer in the headlines in many parts of the world, the risk corporations will use investment treaties to claim compensation from governments to cover their losses during these exceptional times is increasing.
The need for another trade agreement in Asia-Pacific has not been established. If countries choose to move forward with Indo-Pacific Economic Framework talks, they must be based on a new model that prioritizes the interests of people instead of just big corporations.
Every year, on 10 September, all the members and allies of La Via Campesina mobilize against the destructive policies that are forced upon the small-scale food producers through bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements.
The IPEF is the US’s latest strategy to be the global rule-maker on trade, food production, digital and data, the climate crisis, regulating services, corporate power to influence new laws, multinationals’ tax rates, and much else.
This week Trade Ministers from eleven countries will meet with the view to launch negotiations for an Indo-Pacific economic agreement.
The Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers Association has urged the government to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as possible.
Britain is seeking to join the trans-Pacific trade pact known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which removes 95% of tariffs between its 11 members.
The European Commission is trying to split the trade agreement to shorten the lengthy ratification process. Countries won’t like it.
It will be recalled that the AfCFTA agreement has been tipped to create the largest free trade area in the world measured by the number of countries participating.
The pursuit of a new trade pact between Washington and Kenya is eliciting old fears on whether it could hurt adherence to obligations under the East African Community, and hence continental ambitions for more commerce.
Indian and Australian negotiators have met for talks toward a full-fledged free trade agreement even as a mini-pact remains unratified by the Australian parliament.