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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


DTI bats for two more major trade deals
Aside from the Philippines’ pending accession to the mega free trade deal RCEP, the government is also strongly pushing for the country’s participation in the CPTPP and the Indo Pacific Economic Framework.
Canada-ASEAN trade deal touted as gateway to North American markets
The proposed ASEAN-Canada free trade agreement holds the potential to broaden Philippine goods’ access to North American markets, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry said.
PH eyes concluding trade deal with UAE next year
Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry targets to conclude the trade and investment agreement with the United Arab Emirates
PH to pursue free trade talks with US
The Philippines is keen on continuing the US Generalized System of Preferences and having a free trade agreement with the world’s largest economy.
PH, UAE finalizing investment protection deal
The Philippines and United Arab Emirates are finalizing an investment agreement and will also launch Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) discussions.
FTA signing targeted in March with South Korea
The Philippines is aiming to sign next month the free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea, which is expected to contribute to economic recovery efforts from the pandemic.
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.