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The Philippines signed its first bilateral FTA with Japan in 2006 and is presently party to the ASEAN FTA processes (China, India, Korea, Japan and Australia/New Zealand). The Philippine government has been trying to get Washington to offer an FTA, while those of New Zealand and Chile are apparently in favour of a bilateral deal with Manila. The Philippine government wants to join the TPP, and is engaged in efforts to lay the groundwork for negotiations with the EU for a possible FTA.

last update: May 2012
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Philippines pressing for expedited resolution to Japan FTA talks
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of Philippines is pressing for a swift conclusion to the renegotiation of the PJEPA. Concerns include improved market access for Philippine bananas and Japan seeking better market access for its industrial goods.
S. Korea to ratify free trade pact with PH soon: envoy
South Korea is eager to see increased trade and investment with the Philippines, Korean Ambassador to the Philippines said, as he conveyed Seoul’s intention to ratify its recently signed free trade agreement with Manila “soon”.
PH and UAE set to embark on a comprehensive economic partnership
On December 2, 2023, The Philippine’s DTI Secretary signed the Terms of Reference for negotiations on a CEPA with the UAE, marking the first step towards a proposed bilateral free trade agreement. The TOR provides guidelines for the negotiations and outlines the scope and coverage of the CEPA.
PHL picks negotiators for trade pillar of IPEF accord
The Philippines has chosen its negotiators to champion the country’s interests under the trade pillar of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).
S. Korea, Philippines sign free trade deal
South Korea and the Philippines signed a free trade pact in a move expected to bolster bilateral economic and industry ties, Seoul’s industry ministry said.
PH, UAE continue free trade discussions
The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates are continuing discussions for a free trade agreement, with both sides reaffirming their commitment to bolster trade and investments between the two countries.
PH, Korea eye FTA signing next month
The Philippines and the Republic of Korea are aiming to sign the bilateral free trade agreement next month, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual on Monday said.
Philippines eyes talks for EU–FTA
The Philippines expects to begin discussions for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) this year.
PH, India to commence bilateral trade deal negotiations
The Philippine and Indian governments have agreed to begin the negotiations on a bilateral preferential trade agreement, which will reduce and eliminate tariffs on various goods.
Philippines-South Korea FTA signing feasible this year
The signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and South Korea is still feasible this year, according to Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual.