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This section contains news and analysis about bilateral and regional free trade and investment agreements under negotiation. These agreements can take a number of forms:

  free trade agreements (FTAs), sometimes called Economic Partnership Agreements or Association Agreements
  bilateral investment treaties (BITs), sometimes called Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements
  trade and investment framework agreements (TIFAs)
  bilateral WTO accession agreements

The material is generally arranged by country, by region or by FTA negotiation. (Only those negotiations that generate a lot of discussion or activism are covered.)

Actual texts of these agreements, or where to find them elsewhere on the internet, can be found in the Texts of agreements section.

last update: May 2012

AGOA comeback under threat from Africa free trade deal
The US government is exploring ways of renewing a preferential trade programme that gives countries in sub-Saharan Africa preferential access to US markets, allowing them to export products tariff-free.
Kenya eyes duty-free deal with 3 countries
The cabinet says negotiations with the US, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates on the Free Trade Area are ongoing as Kenya seeks to expand access to its products beyond the regional and traditional markets.
Assange: More leaks to come
WikiLeaks is planning new releases of secret documents on controversial trade negotiations and intelligence agency operations, according to the organisation’s founder, Julian Assange.