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S Korea, Arab nations to hold new round of FTA talks next week
South Korea and a group of Arab countries will hold another round of negotiations for their free trade deal next week, Seoul’s trade ministry said. South Korea and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will begin the sixth round of official talks for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Seoul.
PH seen ratifying economic treaty end-2022
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is yet to make a decision on the ratification of the RCEP as he wants to ensure the trade agreement will not be detrimental to local industries.
CSOs warn Nigeria against acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty
Signing the ECT would give the transnational companies in the energy sector a weapon to re-colonise Nigeria, as it would also be incompatible with Nigeria’s economic diversification aspirations.
India, UK unlikely to finalise FTA before ’23
India and the UK are unlikely to finalise a trade deal before 2023, largely because of the political turmoil in Britain and differences within the outgoing Liz Truss government on issues such as mobility of professionals and immigration.
Panama plays US off against China in FTA talks, but has limited hand
Panama’s decision to restart negotiations towards a free trade agreement with China appear to be an attempt to pressure the US’ own trade agenda.
Canadian beef sector marks five years of CETA
The Canadian Cattle Association representatives visited Brussels to discuss solutions to address the regulatory obstacles.
Singapore backs China’s entry into CPTPP, acknowledges lack of consensus
China would need to fulfill the requirements the pact’s requirements, conditions and obligations, a process which Canberra has been wary of for different reasons, such as Beijing imposing a series of measures including tariffs on Australian products.
Dutch to leave Energy Charter Treaty because of climate change conflict
The Netherlands is leaving a controversial energy treaty because it conflicts with Paris climate accord commitments, energy minister Rob Jetten said
UK-India FTA talks don’t have Oct 24 deadline anymore: Kemi Badenoch
The United Kingdom’s talks with India over signing a draft free trade agreement (FTA) do not have a October 24 (Hindu festival of Diwali) deadline anymore, according to UK trade secretary Kemi Badenoch.
Steps for FTA with Japan underway
Bangladesh is working on getting either a free trade agreement (FTA) or economic partnership agreement (EPA) signed with Japan, the most promising export market in Asia, with the commerce ministry having already prepared a relevant memorandum of cooperation (MoC).
President stresses for early CEPA finalization with UAE to increase exports
Pakistani President urged the need for early finalization of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with the United Arab Emirates to enable Pakistan to increase its exports.
Saudi-South African economic relations on a steady upward trajectory
South Africa aims to become Saudi Arabia’s gateway for African markets in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Canada strengthens economic cooperation with Jakarta, Indo-Pacific
Ottawa strengthened its trade relationship with Jakarta and the Indo-Pacific region as Canada Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng concluded her two-days long visit to Indonesia to advance at least two economic agreements.
Free trade agreements: Mexico. How to get out of corporate submission?
We have produced a detailed study/story of NAFTA, with its eternal wake of treatises and agreements, its effects, and the tools to analyse and organise resistance against the impacts of FTAs.
Taiwan, US hope to come up with ’early harvest’ list on trade deal by year-end
Taiwan hopes to reach consensus with the United States to come up with an "early harvest list" on a bilateral trade deal before the end of this year, the nation’s deputy trade negotiator said.
Free trade between Eurasian Economic Union & Iran may launch next year
The head of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran said in an interview that the Islamic Republic may implement a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union as of next year.
Ecuador makes progress in FTA negotiations with Costa Rica
For Ecuador, reaching an FTA with Costa Rica is key in its strategy to consolidate the country’s position in the Central American market where it already has trade agreements with Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Australia, Indonesia can team up on lithium supply chain
An opportunity arises for cooperation between Indonesia and Australia on the lithium supply chain via the Indonesia-Australia trade agreement.
Truss faces fresh headache as India-UK free trade deal stuck
Talks between India and the UK have hit a snag over easier access to thousands of skilled workers from the South Asian nation that is likely to push finalizing a free-trade agreement beyond the October deadline.
Australia sees ’no prospect’ of China being accepted into CPTPP
Australia’s trade minister remains concerned about China’s application to join one of the world’s biggest multilateral free trade agreements due to festering disputes between the two countries.