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Demanding a transparent and participatory process in any Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) negotiations
The need for another trade agreement in Asia-Pacific has not been established. If countries choose to move forward with Indo-Pacific Economic Framework talks, they must be based on a new model that prioritizes the interests of people instead of just big corporations.
US not looking for free trade agreement: Piyush Goyal in CA
India and the US are ready to be more engaged in the Indo-Pacific economic framework, which will help create more resilient supply chains and partnerships between businesses in the two countries.
10 September 2022 | International day of action against the WTO and FTAs
Every year, on 10 September, all the members and allies of La Via Campesina mobilize against the destructive policies that are forced upon the small-scale food producers through bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements.
Signs of an emerging France-Algeria-Tunisia axis to restrain Morocco
The visit was thus a telling declaration of intentions from both the Tunisian and Algerian regimes, who have ever since appeared to be striving to deepen bilateral ties to form a Maghrebi bloc to undermine Morocco’s strategic interests.
Tension between Tunis and Rabat risks affecting economic ties
The diplomatic tensions between Rabat and Tunis due to the support shown by Kais Saied to the Polisario separatist militias could spill over to economic ties between the two countries.
Uruguayan FM off to brokering Mercosur deal approval with EU
Uruguayan Foreign Minister Francisco Bustillo is off on a European tour seeking to advance in the signing of the Mercosur-European Union agreement.
Discussions on India-Bangladesh Economic Partnership Agreement to begin soon: Modi
India and Bangladesh will soon begin discussions on a bilateral economic partnership agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on 6 September 2022.
Understanding the proposed Bangladesh-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)
The proposed CEPA between Bangladesh and India has three dimensions: Trade in goods, trade in services, and investment.
Q & A on IPEF (“Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity”)
The IPEF is the US’s latest strategy to be the global rule-maker on trade, food production, digital and data, the climate crisis, regulating services, corporate power to influence new laws, multinationals’ tax rates, and much else.
Korea on alert over 6 more investor-state suits following Lone Star ruling
The total amount of claims asked by claimants against the Korean government exceeds $1.2 billion.
US looking to lock in Pacific with new economic framework
This week Trade Ministers from eleven countries will meet with the view to launch negotiations for an Indo-Pacific economic agreement.
‘FTAs with UK, Canada to be sealed in 2022’
India’s free trade pact negotiations with the United Kingdom are ‘within touching distance’ of a deal and a similar deal along with a bilateral investment treaty with Canada is expected to be concluded by December, its top trade official said.
Some implications of the digital economy paragraph of the leaked draft ministerial text for IPEF trade pillar
The US will host the first in-person IPEF Ministerial meeting in Los Angeles from 8-9 September 2022, which is expected to launch formal negotiations. Some countries may decide not to remain involved in some or all of the IPEF’s “pillars”.
Poland drafts law to ‘terminate’ controversial Energy Charter Treaty
The draft law on the “termination of the of the Energy Charter Treaty” and its protocols was agreed by the Polish government on 10 August and sent to the country’s lower chamber.
UAE aims to finalise free trade deal with Turkey in coming weeks, official says
The United Arab Emirates aims to finalise a free trade agreement with Turkey in the coming weeks, the Emirati trade minister said, roughly four months after negotiations launched.
EAC-COMESA-SADC tripartite not ratified 7 years on
The EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite FTA agreement has a total of 29 member countries representing 53% of the AU membership and more than 60% of the Africa Continent GDP ($1.88 Trillion) with a population of over 800 million people.
Ratification of RCEP and Indonesia-Korea CEPA is not democratic and violate public rights
The Civil Society Coalition for Economic Justice condemned the plenary session of the Indonesian House of Representatives which ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Indonesia-Korea CEPA agreement.
Iran, Vietnam stress need to start negotiation on signing a PTA
Vietnam’s and Iran’s top officials stress the need to begin official negotiations for signing a preferential trade agreement between the two countries.
South Korea to appeal international tribunal’s order to pay Lone Star By Kim Arin
South Korea plans to seek annulment of an international tribunal’s verdict to compensate Lone Star Funds in a decade long investor-to-state dispute arbitration.
Green hydrogen opportunities for Aust, UK
Under the free trade agreement, the two nations have pledged to work together in developing and accelerating cost-effective low and zero emissions technologies as well as supporting clean and renewable energy sources and infrastructure.