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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


Malaysia-Pakistan FTA to be reviewed by month-end, says Mustapa
Malaysia and Pakistan will review the free trade agreement (FTA) between both countries by month-end, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
‘Havoc for palm oil sector’
Palm oil refiners, some of which are owned by the country’s largest conglomerates, may face a bleak future if Malaysia accedes to demand under free trade pacts to dismantle the crude palm oil (CPO) tax.
FTA talks with EU postponed to give way to TPPA negotiations
The negotiations on the free trade agreement between the European Union and Malaysia were postponed to give way to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement talks, said the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Malaysian socialists oppose Pacific free trade agreement
The Socialist Party of Malaysia has no illusion about the true colours and intent of the TPPA/FTA as an agenda of US mega corporations.
What are BITs, FTAs and the TPPA?
Malaysia should learn from Peru’s experience and be most cautious about signing any BITs or FTAs that a company like Lynas may later use against Malaysia.
Malaysia, European body to begin FTA talks
Malaysia and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) today agreed to begin negotiations for a free trade agreement, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today.
Egypt & Malaysia to start FTA talks
Egypt and Malaysia look forward to setting up a free trade zone to boost the weak trade exchanges between the countries having great economic potentials and huge consumer markets.
Malaysia-Turkey FTA by year-end, says Mustapa
Malaysia is optimistic of signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with Turkey by year-end, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Malaysia-Bangladesh FTA on the cards
Malaysia and Bangladesh are expected to commence negotiations for a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) in the near future, said Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia, A.K.M. Atiqur Rahman.
‘Malaysia-Australia FTA on track despite Lynas issue’
The issue of the Lynas rare earth plant will not disrupt the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between Malaysia and Australia, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.