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The SADC model BIT template: Towards a new standard of investor protection in southern Africa
The 2012 SADC model BIT proposes new thinking and a sharp deviation from today’s policies, tralac says.
“No TTIP” Christmas card submitted by singing Santas on behalf of one million
Campaigners dressed as Santa Claus presented an over-sized Christmas card to the UK government on behalf of the million people across Europe who had signed a petition calling for the end of controversial trade deals being pushed through between the EU and North America.
Vietnam, S.Korea conclude talks for free trade deal
Vietnam and South Korea on Wednesday wrapped up negotiations for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement that seeks to triple bilateral trade turnover to US$70 billion by 2020.
Newfoundland threatens to pull support for Canada-EU trade deal
Newfoundland is threatening to withdraw support for the Canada-European Union trade agreement, a move that could create havoc for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The TTIP’s impact on labour rights: the chronicle of an anticipated disaster
Social dumping and a regulatory race to the bottom are the first consequences that are forecast, of we know so far of the TTIP – the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and the European Union.
Activists In Washington protest against TPP
An hour of loud chanting and noisemakers ensured that chief negotiators involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks on Tuesday were aware of growing US public opposition to the TPP and the dim prospects that US President Barack Obama will obtain Fast Track trade authority, Public Citizen said.
WSC UK threaten legal action against UK government
Western Sahara Campaign UK is threatening legal action against the British government for treating imported products originating in Western Sahara as Moroccan for the purposes of the EU–Morocco Association Agreement.
NSA’s surveillance a ’trade barrier’ for EU companies
The US National Security Agency’s mass surveillance is a trade barrier for European Internet companies trying to provide services in the United States, a top EU official said yesterday (8 December).
International Chamber of Commerce: Trade secret law should be harmonized, included in TPP
The International Chamber of Commerce is urging the inclusion of strong trade secret provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.
Ukraine wishes to form free trade zones with Canada, Turkey, Israel, West Africa
The government of Ukraine intends to launch free trade negotiations with Canada, Turkey, Israel, the Gulf States, West Africa and some other countries, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said.
Japan, EU begin 8th round of EPA talks
Japan and the European Union began five-day talks in Tokyo on Monday on concluding an economic partnership agreement for free trade.
ISDS clause: a gateway to future trade deals
Trade officials negotiating the ISDS arbitration clause within the EU-US trade agreement have half an eye on their next deals, since the wording is likely to shape other key trade treaties on the table.
TTIP divides a continent as EU negotiators cross the Atlantic
A fear of multinationals and distrust of European governments is fuelling a growing antipathy towards the transatlantic free trade pact
Saving the climate means stopping TTIP!
How the transatlantic free trade agreements cheerfully scupper energy transition….
TPP must be a done deal in 2015: US-Asean Business Council
Marc Mealy, who is vice president (policy) in the US-Asean Business Council, says the Trans Pacific Partnership can and must be a done deal in 2015.
Switzerland expects to sign FTA with India soon
Bullish about its companies making huge investments in India, Switzerland expects the long-delayed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries to be signed soon.
RCEP members fail to finalize talks template
Members of the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) grouping were unable to agree a template for negotiations on a proposed mega regional trade agreement at the sixth round of talks held in Greater Noida near New Delhi last week.
EPA will not benefit Ghana – Adwoa Safo
Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has warned that Ghana risks losing its manufacturing sector if it goes ahead to sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
China’s Xi demands accelerated FTA strategy
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for accelerated fulfillment of the free trade area (FTA) strategy and the building of a new economic system of openness.
Seven things you should know about EU-Singapore ISDS
Lock-in, no institutional safeguards for independence, perverse incentives, no separation of powers, automatic consent, ripe for exploitation, sovereign debt instruments included, open to the world, and a strategic mistake. Former trade commissioner De Gucht left us a Gordian Knot, writes Ante Wessels.