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Coronavirus halts PTA bid for months
The signing of preferential trade agreements with Nepal, Bhutan and Indonesia has been delayed for months as the economy is battling the global COVID-19 fallout, officials have said.
EAEU, Egypt to step up FTA talks
A number of chapters have already been drafted; some others are nearing completion; the remaining chapters are still under expert evaluation.
Trade officials to discuss Australia-UK free trade deal within weeks
Australia is beginning to hold formal talks with the UK over its first post-Brexit free trade agreement.
Agreement concerning amendment to mainland and Macao closer economic partnership arrangement (CEPA) agreement on trade in services takes effect
The agreement concerning amendment to the CEPA agreement on trade in services, which was signed on 20 November 2019, went into force on 1 June 2020.
Like NAFTA, successor trade deal lacks US worker protections
NAFTA and other trade deals have been a disaster for American workers. Unregulated global trade consequences have led to worldwide criminal-level labor exploitation.
China halts some US farm imports, threatening trade deal
Chinese government officials told major state-run agricultural companies to pause purchases of some American farm goods including soybeans as Beijing evaluates the ongoing escalation of tensions with the US over Hong Kong.
Corporate lawsuits could devastate poor countries grappling with Covid-19
Wealthy corporations may use trade courts to keep public health measures from cutting into their profits.
Trumping the US; China could join the CPTPP
As political and trade tensions with the United States rise, and its image as a global leader is tarnished by riots, China has indicated it could join the CPTPP which New Zealand belongs to.
German firms call for PH, EU trade agreement
German companies on Monday called for the resumption of the negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the European Union (Euphfta).
RCEP countries woo India back to drawing board with ‘flexible package’
To urge India back to the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), its 15 member countries have offered New Delhi the option of deferring commitments related to opening up its market.
India, US could strike a ’smaller’ trade deal in the coming weeks: Indian envoy
India and the US could strike a “smaller” trade deal in the coming weeks, India’s ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu has said.
Singapore: Russia’s new gateway to Southeast Asia?
A new free trade agreement with Singapore is giving Moscow unprecedented access to Southeast Asian markets.
Trade war: UK government blasted for ’unacceptable’ aspect of US trade negotiations
The UK Department for International Trade has been blasted for its claims that the UK has enough trading clout to assert itself in US trade talks, amid concerns.
Norway expects substantial progress in FTA talks with China
Though the COVID-19 outbreak has led to delays in bilateral negotiations, major progress on the China-Norway free trade agreement is expected to be made this year, a senior Norwegian official said.
Nissan settles dispute with Tamil Nadu over unpaid dues - sources
As part of the settlement, the Japanese automaker is expected to receive between $185 million and $238 million, two sources aware of the matter said.
US-Kenya FTA could undermine “developmental” policies in Africa
By harmonizing Kenya’s trade policies in accordance with the US trade policies and domestic laws, Nairobi seems ready to surrender its policy space once and for all.
Indonesia continue 30th round of RCEP negotiations
In the middle of a global pandemic Covid-19, Indonesia intensifies the stalled negotiations of the 30th round Negotiations of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) held by the virtual, this May.
India-EU discuss preparations for summit meeting
India and the European Union on Thursday discussed preparations for a long-due summit meeting, which was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.
Netanyahu discusses free-trade measures with Georgia
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Gakharia, with the two leaders discussing advancing a free-trade agreement.
Thailand to consider membership in Asia-Pacific trade pact in a month
Thailand’s cabinet has agreed to set up a committee to consider whether Thailand should seek membership in an Asia-Pacific trade agreement after widespread opposition last month amid concerns joining the pact may harm the agriculture industry.