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Malaysia

Compared to its neighbours in Southeast Asia, Malaysia was late to get on the FTA train. But now it does not want to be left out of the major deals, it seems.

Malaysia signed its first FTAs with Japan in 2005. In 2007, it signed with Pakistan. It also has FTAs with Chile (2010) , India (2011) and New Zealand (2009), It has been in FTA talks with the US, but these have effectively been shelves since 2009. It is in negotiations with Australia, and may commence negotiations with the GCC and EFTA.

As member of ASEAN, it is also party to the agreements with China, India, Korea and Japan, and the negotiations with Australia/New Zealand and the EU.

last update: May 2012
Photo: MTUC


Rafidah says Japan-M’sia FTA may be signed in December
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said she was confident that Malaysia would be able to sign a free trade agreement with Japan by December this year.
M’sia-Australia to conclude negotiations on joint FTA by mid-2006
The process of negotiation for the possible Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is expected to be concluded by mid-2006, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said.
FTA to strengthen M’sia-China trade
Malaysia’s ties with the economic powerhouse of China are set to strengthen further with the implementation of the Asean-China Free Trade Area (FTA), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Friday.
How free is free trade
A huge interest was aroused when Singapore signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. The impression was that Singapore, though a vital member of Asean, was independent-minded in forging its economic interest beyond the regional grouping.
M’sia’s trade will see an uptrend with FTAs
Malaysia’s trade is expected to continue to flourish following its free trade agreements (FTAs) with its trading partners in Asia, both regionally and bilaterally, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said.
EU studies free trade agreement with Malaysia - report
The EU is studying the feasibility of a free trade agreement between it and Malaysia, national news agency Bernama reported.
Japan to drive into Malaysian auto sector with FTA
Japan and Malaysia on Wednesday sealed the outline of a free-trade agreement (FTA) that will open up a major new market for Japanese automakers with the lifting of heavy tariffs on Japanese cars within 10 years.
All systems go for Msia-Japan FTA by December
Commercial linkages between Malaysia and Japan are set increase significantly with both countries having achieved a breakthrough in finalising negotiations for a Japan-Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement (JMEPA).
Malaysia, Japan fail to break FTA deadlock over autos, steel - official
Malaysian and Japanese officials have yet to resolve differences over the auto and steel sectors which are seen as major obstacles to progress towards a free trade agreement (FTA), Agence France-Presse reported, citing an official familiar with the talks.
Rafidah wants private sector to continue to be proactive in FTA, WTO processes
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz wants the Malaysian private sector to continue to be proactively engage in the country’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) processes.