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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
Photo: Michel Cermak/Twitter


PH, Qatar set to finalize investment agreement this year
The Philippines and Qatar are on the cusp of finalizing an investment promotion and protection agreement (IPPA), signaling a commitment to strengthen economic ties.
PHL seeks FTA with US on cyberspace, digital technology; trade deal with Japan
The Philippines is considering forging a bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States on cyberspace and digital technology.
Philippines, UAE set next round of free trade deal discussions for July
Government negotiators from the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have set the next round of negotiations for the planned free trade agreement between the two countries for July.
Marcos: PH, South Korea to sign free trade pact this year
President Marcos believes that the Philippines and South Korea will approve their free trade agreement (FTA) this year. He also aims for a separate deal to grant duty-free access for certain Philippine products to the South Korean market.
Philippines to discuss free trade deal with UAE
The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to begin talks for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) next week, with the completion of negotiations eyed within the year.
Philippines aggressively pushing free trade deal with US
The Philippines continues to aggressively push for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the US, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
PH hopes for trilateral trade agreement with US, Japan
The Philippines is hoping to have a trade agreement with Japan and the United States, as leaders of the three countries are set to hold a trilateral summit.
Philippines expected to ratify South Korea FTA by midyear
The Philippines could ratify the free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea by the middle of the year, with no issues expected to arise from the deal, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
US-PH FTA to be discussed after trade mission — Biden’s Export Council
A potential free trade agreement between the Philippines and the United States will be brought to the table once the delegation of American business leaders, assembled by US President Joe Biden, comes back to America.
PHL-US FTA needs to be tech-focused — DTI
The agreement should emphasize technological innovation, research and development (R&D), education, and the integration of emerging technologies in trade, Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba said.