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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


Biden admin seen ‘no appetite’ for bilateral FTA
The Biden administration is perceived not interested in forging bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the Philippines, which was pushed during the Trump administration.
PH, UAE start trade talks
The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to start scoping discussions on a possible comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA).
Japan FTA talks stalled on farm product access
The process of reviewing the free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and Japan has stalled on the issue of access to Japanese markets for Philippine farm products, according to the Board of Investments (BoI).
PH, Chile to kick off joint economic cooperation this year
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the Joint Economic Cooperation (JEC) between the Philippines and Chile will commence this year to strengthen trade and investment ties between the two nations.
DTI seeks June trade deal signing with South Korea to ensure treaty approved before polls
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for a June conclusion to negotiations for a free trade agreement with South Korea, which would give the Philippines sufficient time to complete its domestic approval process before national elections next year.
PH, India eye bilateral preferential trade deal
Philippines and India have agreed to consider forging a bilateral preferential trade agreement to take advantage of the huge untap potential for a strategic partnership in the region.
PH-Turkey free trade pact pushed
Philippines and Turkey governments are pushing to elevate bilateral economic relations to a more comprehensive free trade agreement.
PH eager to forge FTAs with Mexico, US
The Philippines will pursue separate discussions with Mexico and the US for potential free trade agreements with each these two countries.
Much improved FTA terms with Korea seen
The Philippines expressed optimism to conclude in April this year a much improved offer by South Korea in the proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
PH stays open to free trade deals with US, EU
The Philippines remains open to move forward discussions on possible separate free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States and the European Union after talks have recently slowed down.