Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Africa and the Middle East.
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After spending years negotiating FTAs with the US, Europe and fellow Arab countries, Jordan is determined to gain a competitive advantage for Jordanian industries in world markets. And Washington appears eager to help them achieve success.
The U.S-Jordan FTA is a “first” FTA in two ways. It is the first FTA to be ever concluded with an Arab country. It is also the first FTA to include labor and environment within the text of the FTA itself.
SACU’s deal with Efta will be a scaled-down version of the original: Efta members have agreed to Sacu’s request to shelve complex issues such as government procurement, intellectual property and investment.
US Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick today announced the Administration’s intent to negotiate Free Trade Agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
Chairman of the US Congress Budged Committee Senator Bill Thomas said Egypt-US Free Trade Area (FTA) talks would soon begin.
The tentative agreement reached between the EU and Iran yesterday on uranimum enrichment hinges on an EU pledge to resume suspended negotiations on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement [read: FTA] between Iran and the EU.
Over the past year, the George W. Bush administration has prepared a comprehensive political and economic reform initiative aimed at promoting democracy in the Middle East.
A new trade promotion group — the US Middle East Free Trade Coalition (USMEFTA) — has been created to "expand free trade between the US and the Middle East and to encourage economic development, transparent and accountable governance, and enhanced prospects for the people of the Middle East region."
The European Union and Syria have initialled an association agreement that commits both sides to work towards free trade — as well as against weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.
Members of the US congress expect that a free trade agreement will be signed between the USA and Qatar within one year. Qatar will provide the USA liquid natural gas and will attract direct American investments. However, Washington will set several preconditions before opening the door.
Tralac’s page on the African Continental Free Trade Area
The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is a regional non-governmental organization founded in 1996 soon after the WTO Singapore Ministerial Conference — mainly focusing on WTO, but also bilateral and regional trade negotiations in Africa.
The Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) is an African initiative to strengthen Africa’s capacity to take a more effective part in the emerging global trading system and to better manage the process of globalization.