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Marcos backing for RCEP premature, think tank says
President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s declaration of support for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is premature pending the resolution of the agriculture industry remaining unresolved, a think tank said.
India-UK free trade: an unfinished business
With recent developments, it was expected that the trade deal between the two countries would be closed by March 2023, while three to four chapters are still unfinished, which include intellectual property rights and goods that are yet to be discussed.
BIT with Hungary likely next month
Pakistan and Hungary are likely to finalise Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) next month during the visit of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Budapest.
Lula urges EU-South America regional trade deal before China talks
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called for the South American trade bloc Mercosur to urgently seal a free trade agreement with the European Union before negotiating with China.
Towards free market: Africa’s ’prosperity dialogue’ confronts many barriers
The Ghana summit is aimed at achieving deeper economic integration between African states and outlining its industrialisation priorities.
Thailand, EU look to resume free trade talks by March
Thailand and the European Union have agreed to restart negotiations over a free trade agreement, officials said, nearly a decade after talks were stalled by a military coup in the Southeast Asian country.
Potential Canada-Ecuador trade pact to navigate tricky investment protections field
Controversial ISDS provisions are trumpeted for protecting Canadian foreign investments, but are panned for allowing companies to sue countries.
Kawana Bay developers say amicable settlement remains open
The developers of the hotel project in Grenada say while an amiable settlement remains open, the “extensive damage to the project caused by the actions of the former government has severely complicated and handicapped the efforts towards settlement.
Brazilian foreign minister: Uruguay’s agreement with China would ’destroy’ Mercosur
Free-trade agreement between Uruguay and China would destroy Mercosur by contradicting the bloc’s integration policies, declares Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira.
Report: Evaluating the Proposed Joint Interpretation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
This report analyzes the proposed interpretive guidance on the Investment Chapter of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.
Why a coordinated withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty is inevitable
Since October 2022, seven EU member states have announced plans to withdraw from the European Charter Treaty. Across the board, the message is clear: the insufficient and potentially climate-damaging treaty reform effort is no longer a politically viable option.
Brexit was meant to be ‘done’, but in 2023 UK-EU harmony will still be a distant dream
It is possible the trade and cooperation agreement (TCA), which underpins the bilateral relationship, will itself not be fully implemented – and that a running dispute and conceivably even a trade war may ensue.
Iran urges conclusion of free trade agreement with Pakistan
The foreign minister of Iran expressed hope for the finalization of a free trade agreement with Pakistan, which he said would greatly enhance the trade exchanges between the two neighbors.
’Disappointing’ that US pressing ahead with duties on Canadian softwood lumber: Ng
Canada’s international trade minister says the United States appears to be pressing ahead with what she calls "unjustified" duties on softwood lumber imports.
US to aggressively push for digital trade rules in Asia in 2023
The goal is to quickly create shared rules for the region, particularly in the digital sector, and to regain the initiative in the US-China contest for economic leadership in Asia.
Cambodia looks at FTA possibility with Switzerland
Cambodia, which successfully entered into several free trade agreements (FTA) last year, is looking at the prospect of having a similar partnership with Switzerland.
Free trade in Africa: The ‘Why’ is inseparable from the ‘How’
Free trade may be on wane in popular opinion from the US to China, but across the world’s second largest continent – by geographic size and population – it is a different story.
In India-UK trade deal, focus on what is acceptable to both countries: Piyush Goyal
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said that in the talks for the proposed free trade agreement between India and the UK, the focus is on what is acceptable to both countries and not allow sensitive issues to scuttle the discussions.
Parliamentary committee approves ratifying EEU-Singapore free trade agreement
The Armenian parliament’s regional and Eurasian integration affairs committee approved the ratification of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) – Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
Climate, labour remain knotty issues in EU FTA
Several knotty issues related to labour, environment and sustainability that have emerged in negotiations between India and the European Union on a free trade agreement will require political guidance for further progress