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The UK has committed to making Africa’s landmark trade agreement successful
James Duddridge, the UK’s minister for Africa, signed a memorandum of understanding with Wamkele Mene, the secretary-general of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) secretariat.
China applies to join Asian trade deal US abandoned
Beijing has applied to join an Asia-Pacific trade pact once pushed by the U.S. as a way to isolate China and solidify American dominance in the region.
WTO plurilateral investment facilitation draft consolidated revised Easter text
Some WTO Members are negotiating rules on facilitating investment. This is the draft consolidated text as of 23 July 2021 ("revised Easter text"). It updates the Easter text available at https://www.bilaterals.org/?wto-plurilateral-investment-45012.
Bangladesh, Australia sign trade, investment agreement
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and his counterpart Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Dan Tehan signed a framework on trade and investment between Bangladesh and Australia on Wednesday.
S. Korea to expand FTAs with more emerging countries in S.E. Asia, Latin America
South Korea said it plans to implement or launch negotiations for a set of new FTAs with trading counterparts from Southeast Asia and Latin America this year, as part of efforts to reduce its reliance on major economies.
China and ASEAN push for timely RCEP start as Jan. 1 looms
Countries that have signed on to the East Asia-spanning RCEP trade deal are going full speed ahead with plans to implement it on Jan. 1, 2022, despite foot-dragging by a majority, with China and ASEAN especially keen, for their own reasons, on seeing the pact come into force soon.
Kingdom-EAEU team to push for FTA
Cambodia is reportedly keen to set up a new joint team with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to conduct a more detailed examination of the possibility of formally launching free trade agreement (FTA) talks with the bloc soon, and add impetus to underwhelming bilateral trade ties.
Piyush Goyal, Liz Truss talks to decide next steps for UK-India trade deal
International Trade Secretary Liz truss will speak with Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal to discuss timelines and next steps to launching negotiations for a UK-India trade deal.
S. Korea proposes digital trade pact with ASEAN
South Korea on Monday proposed a new pact on digital trade with Southeast Asia to cope with the changing global business environment and forge deeper economic ties with the region.
The people of Asia against free trade: “society endures the trauma of debt”
The struggle against free trade has been strategic for social movements, especially La Via Campesina, which has actually built a proposal for food sovereignty to counter the capitalist free trade model for agriculture.
Kenya appeals to Uganda to sign EU trade pact
Kenya has again appealed to Uganda for a joint strategy on accessing the European market through the stalled EU/EAC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Tanzania ratifies Africa free trade area treaty
Tanzania on Thursday ratified the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), effectively joining a pact connecting countries with a total gross domestic product of $3.4 trillion.
Ministry of Trade justifies agreement that gives EU 80 percent access to Ghanaian market
The Ministry of Trade and Industry says it will not allow Ghana to become a dumping ground for goods from the UK following the Ghana-UK.
UAE targets new Kenya trade deal
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to sign a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Kenya to consolidate its position as a gateway for global trade and investment.
Progress made on resumption of India-EU FTA negotiations, formal talks to start this month: EAM
Progress has been made on the resumption of the India-EU free trade agreement negotiations and the formal talks would start this month, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.
Cambodian Parliament ratifies RCEP
he National Assembly of Cambodia has ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest free trade agreement (FTA), which comprises 15 Asia-Pacific countries.
UK secretly dropped climate promises for trade deal with Australia, leaked emails show
Australia pressured the UK not to include binding clauses on the Paris Agreement.
Do international trade and investment agreements generate regulatory chill in public health policymaking? A case study of nutrition and alcohol policy in South Africa
Given the potential for wider use of the ISDS mechanism, strategies to protect public health policy space in the context of both international trade and investment treaty and dispute settlement contexts remain important.
Dhaka to start feasibility study on PTA or FTA with Singapore
Dhaka has started the process to conduct a feasibility study on signing either a PTA or FTA with Singapore, aiming to further strengthen economic and trade ties with the Southeast Asian country, officials said.