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EAC, Comesa, Sadc merger into seamless market begins Thursday
At least 14 countries will trade freely within East, Central, and Southern Africa following the ratification of a Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement.
UAE hopes to reactivate trade talks with EU this year
The United Arab Emirates hopes to reactivate trade talks with the European Union by the end of the year, the UAE trade minister said, and is optimistic the talks would be bilateral.
APEP should be used to eliminate ISDS, say members of Congress, US and Latin American civil society
Members of Congress, grassroots activists, and civil society organizations from the US and Latin America urged the United States to use the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity (APEP) to undo the damage of decades of corporate-dominated trade policy.
PH eyes FTAs with LatAm, African countries
The Philippines is expanding its free trade agreements to include Latin American and African countries. Undersecretary Allan Gepty of the Department of Trade and Industry announced plans for potential FTAs with African nations and ongoing studies for an FTA with Chile to broaden engagements in Latin America.
Stop burdering people at the end of the term, Mr. President!
A total of 37 organizations and 29 people conveyed their urge to President Joko Widodo via open letter to stop negotiations between Indonesia - European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA). This demand was conveyed after Indonesia completed the 19th round of negotiations on 1-5 July 2024 behind closed doors.
UAE and Mauritius sign comprehensive economic partnership agreement
The UAE signed a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Mauritius, with the pact expected to boost both economies by removing tariffs and increasing market access.
India’s China loophole concerns fuel Asean free trade deal rethink
New Delhi’s review of zero-duty tariffs under its trade pact with Asean comes amid domestic concerns about cheap Chinese imports.
Georgia and Hungary sign investment protection agreement
This agreement aims to boost trade and economic cooperation between the two nations and create new opportunities for bilateral investment.
Indonesia, Tanzania discuss revival of global south solidarity
Indonesia is interested in exploring the establishment of a preferential trade agreement and a bilateral investment treaty with Tanzania.
ASEAN hints at forming trade pact with Gulf Cooperation Council
ASEAN recently dropped another hint that they might try to strike a trade pact with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as the former tries to boost its trade with partners outside the region.
India-Peru to meet in August for FTA negotiations; Aim to ink deal by early 2025
Top trade officials from India and Peru will meet in September to focus on building consensus on the trade of goods and services, two people aware of the matter said.
Dangote, Flour Mills, Tolaram make first AfCFTA exports
Dangote Group, Flour Mills of Nigeria and Tolaram are among nine companies that made first exports under the African Continental Free Trade Area.
TC Energy loses $15-billion NAFTA lawsuit against US
The welcome decision shines a light on Canada’s flawed defence in similar investor-state case against Canada.
Piyush Goyal holds talks with UK and EU on free trade agreements
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, held bilateral discussions for deeper economic ties and moving ahead on free trade agreements (FTAs) with his counterparts from the UK and EU on the sidelines of the G7 trade ministers’ meeting at Reggio Calabria in Italy.
Sri Lanka trade body, Indonesian officials discuss trade agreement
Sri Lanka’s private sector trade body is in negotiations with Indonesian officials on a preferential trade agreement, which it hopes would increase exports to the Southeast Asian archipelago.
When investors subvert states
Imagine a scenario where a private company effectively creates and controls its own jurisdiction within a sovereign country. This company introduces its own currency, enacts laws, and establishes courts, prisons, police forces and even intelligence services.
Papua New Guinea seeks free trade talks with Japan, PM says
Japan and Papua New Guinea have discussed the path toward a potential free trade agreement, PNG Prime Minister James Marape said.
Why Switzerland is diverging from Europe on a key energy treaty
The European Union will withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, an international agreement that protects investments in coal and oil. But Switzerland is sticking to the agreement which scientists considered incompatible with climate goals.
Sri Lanka Thailand free trade agreement published
Sri Lanka has published a free trade agreement with Thailand which was negotiated with the aim of getting access for exporters up 85 percent of tariff liberalized over 15 years.