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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


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The European Union (EU) hopes to start Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks with Malaysia on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in early October.
1Malaysia Values Can Help Realise Asean Community - Najib
The assimilation of the noble values of the 1Malaysia concept in Malaysians will enable appreciation of the spirit of cooperation and oneness among the Asean societies to realise the Asean Community by 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Saturday.
Malaysia eyes new FTA partners
The government will expand investment and trade opportunities by signing new free trade agreements, particularly with nations in West Asia and other emerging markets.
Malaysia to draw up FTA framework with GCC countries by October, says Mukhriz
Malaysia hopes to draw up a frawework for free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries by October, said International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.
Turkey Ready To Start FTA Talks With Malaysia, Says Envoy
Turkey is ready to commence Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Malaysia after positive exploratory talks between the two countries early this year, Turkish ambassador to Malaysia Serap Ataay said.
Malaysia To Include Islamic Banking In FTA Talks With GCC
Malaysia, which is currently in the midst of negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), will look at several sectors including Islamic banking to be included in the FTA.
Malaysia, India may ink free-trade deal by year-end
Malaysia and India are on target to sign a free-trade agreement by year-end as the two countries readied for a third round of talks.
Malaysia may join Asia-Pacific trade talks to boost ties with US
"The US bilateral (free-trade) talk is not on, so we have to explore other alternatives. It is for that reason we are keen to come on board (the TPP) subject to local consultations," Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed says
EU keen to step up FTA dialogues with Malaysia
Malaysia can have a free trade pact with the European Union (EU), EU ambassador Vincent Piket said, the second in Asean after Singapore.
Malaysia committed to Asean-China FTA
The Malaysian government is committed to the regional free trade agreement (FTA) with China that came into force on Jan 1, although some parties have expressed concerns the trade liberalisation agreement would hurt local manufacturers.