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Next India-EU summit expected in first half of 2020: EU envoy
The European Union said it was hopeful of forward movement in negotiations with India on the long-pending free trade agreement, and favoured opening separate talks for an investment protection treaty.
Redo of USMCA better than original NAFTA after yearlong effort to improve Trump’s 2018 deal
The new NAFTA is not the template for future agreements, but establishes the floor from which we will continue to advocate for a new model of trade and globalization that puts people and the planet first.
How the ‘New NAFTA’ will affect Canadians
Small gains for workers, but the environment gets a shoddy deal.
US to drop item on tax-free threshold from North American trade pact: sources
The Trump administration has agreed to drop a footnote from the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal that would have let it lower the $800 tax-free threshold for imported goods.
US, Canada and Mexico sign agreement - again - to replace NAFTA
Top officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a fresh overhaul of a quarter-century-old trade pact.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement text (2019)
As published by the Office of the US Trade Representative
RCEP did not adequately address India’s concerns, will review trade deal with ASEAN: Govt in Rajya Sabha
The RCEP did not "adequately" address India’s concerns over issues like non-tariff barriers to trade and opaqueness in subsidy regime in some countries, which forced it to back out from the trade deal, the Indian government informed.
‘Proposed India-EU FTA has to address labour, government procurement, sustainability issues’
India and the EU need to sort out complex issues such as government procurement, labour standards and sustainability as part of the bilateral free trade talks that have been stuck for more than half a decade.
How India-Korea CEPA impacted domestic markets
Among the FTAs which have affected Indian domestic industry adversely, the India-Korea CEPA, signed in 2009, has been significant.
Cabinet approves ratification of Comesa-EAC-Sadc free trade
Cabinet in Zimbabwe has approved the ratification of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
US banned climate from UK trade talks
The US has banned any mention of climate change in US-UK trade talks.
I helped negotiate a trade deal with the US – I know they will demand an NHS sell off
Behind the bluster about “getting Brexit done” is an ambitious long term agenda: to realign our economy and our standards with the interests of American business.
Tariff concessions under CPFTA from Jan 1
The Pakistan government has announced that tariff concessions on goods under the revised FTA with China will come into effect from Jan 1, 2020 after seven years of negotiations.
Leading environmental groups urge Congress to oppose a pro-polluter NAFTA 2.0
The renegotiated NAFTA fails to meet the baseline standards for environmental and climate protection that the environmental community has consistently called for.
Korean company starts arbitration against India
South Korean state owned power utility Kowepo has begun international arbitration proceedings against India in Singapore for not honouring a fuel supply commitment to its Maharashtra power plant.
EU governments under pressure to quit Energy Charter Treaty
Climate campaigners are demanding that European Union countries pull out of the treaty unless they can negotiate an end to the pact’s investor-state dispute mechanism.
US, Canadian officials converge on Mexico City to seal final changes to trade deal
Senior US and Canadian officials were set to fly to Mexico City to work on the final changes to a languishing North American trade pact.
‘With or without India’: 15 member countries decide to sign RCEP on 13 March
Nearly a month after India decided against joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the remaining 15 member countries Monday decided to sign the proposed free trade pact by 13 March.
Japan, Australia still hopeful of India’s rethink on RCEP
Despite India’s decision to walk out of the ASEAN-led 15-nation RCEP Free Trade Agreement last month, officials from India’s Indo-Pacific partners Australia and Japan are still discussing the issue in the hope that the government will rethink the decision.
A less than satisfactory trade agreement
The Japanese government will also be worried about a sluggish economy and there will be no appetite for liberalization measures that impose pain on Japanese businesses.