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EU says US, focusing on China, not ready for trade talks
The US and EU are set to begin talks on reducing tariffs but the Trump administraion is focused on China, EU’s chief trade negotiator says.
US-Japan trade talks hit pothole on auto duties
Trump’s threat to raise tariffs 25% looms over the negotiations.
Interview: Free trade deal to benefit Chinese companies in Egypt, Africa: expert
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is very important for Chinese companies in Africa, particularly in Egypt, an Egyptian economic expert said.
New report: Secret regulatory talks threaten public protections
Regulatory cooperation has provided a forum for multinational business interests to influence government regulators in secretive committees that largely exclude consumer, environmental and other civil society representatives.
Nigeria to join Africa free trade zone, Trade Minister says
Nigeria will sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari approves an impact-assessment report he asked for, the country’s trade minister said.
Global anti-Chevron day objects corporate crimes and impunity
Thousands of demonstrators across all five continents have joined the International Anti-Chevron day to peacefully protest and display global crimes committed by the transnational company against human rights and the environment.
RCEP deal may hurt India’s export competitiveness: TPCI
The proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement may hurt India’s export competitiveness as the trade balance is already skewed, TPCI said.
Taiwan missed a chance to sign FTA due to Fukushima food ban: Japan academic
Taiwan government missed an opportunity to sign a FTA with Japan because failed to resolve the issue of the ban on food imports from Japanese regions hit by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Mourão pledges to back Lebanon on Mercosur agreement
The vice president of Brazil pledged to support the Arab country in entering into a free trade agreement with the Mercosur.
Positive progress on NZ-EU trade talks
Negotiators leading trade talks between New Zealand and the European Union are hopeful a deal can be concluded by the end of 2019, although agriculture still looms as a potential stumbling block.
EU-ACP Cotonou successor faces one year delay
Progress has been painfully slow on a pact between the EU and the 79 countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) community, and few officials now believe the successor deal will be concluded in time to come into force in January 2020.
The AfCFTA enters into force on 30 May
The negotiations on key substantive issues related to trade in goods and trade in services that are still to be completed.
US reaches deal with Canada, Mexico to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum
Elimination of these tariffs is expected to remove a significant barrier to passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Old agreements must be terminated to bring life to investment
Indonesia and Australia should agree to terminate the BIT upon entry into force of the IA-CEPA regardless of whether it ultimately includes an ISDS mechanism.
India reports trade deficit with 11 RCEP members in FY 2018-19
ndia has registered trade deficit in 2018-19 with as many as 11 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries that are negotiating a mega trade pact since November 2012.
Singapore and New Zealand to step up cooperation in trade, defence and research
Singapore and New Zealand on Friday signed a joint declaration to step up cooperation in four strategic areas, Among them is the upgraded Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP).
Taiwan looks to fast-track FTA talks with India, eyes higher tech exports
With an eye on carving out a larger share of the Indian tech products and precision tools market, Taiwan is looking to fast-track discussions on a trade deal with India.
Pacific CSO position on post Cotonou agreement
Despite the failures of the EPA to deliver real development to Pacific countries it looks as though the European Union will once again, through the Post Cotonou Agreement, push for enhanced and undistorted access for European investments to Pacific resources.
Trump open to talks on US-Swiss free trade deal: Swiss president
US President Donald Trump is keen to advance talks with Switzerland on a free trade deal, Swiss President Ueli Maurer said after the first visit by a Swiss president to the Oval Office.
Trump mulls 6-month window for EU, Japan to curb auto sales
US position would add pressure on Japan during trade talks