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CETA ‘should be initialed by September 25′: EU Trade Commissioner
The end of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) technical negotiations are “in sight” and the deal should be initialed in time for a late September bilateral summit in Ottawa, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said Tuesday.
Maldives to boycott Israeli products, annul bilateral agreements
Explaining the boycott, Mohamed Hussain ‘Mundhu’ Shareef, minister at the President’s Office, said “Israeli investment is not important for us. We want investments from countries with human rights practices that are acceptable to us.”
TDM Special Issue on "Arbitration in the Middle East - Expectations and Challenges for the Future"
The volume of international business either in the Middle East or with a Middle Eastern element is increasing and many of the contracts being used provide for arbitration. While arbitration ("tahkim" in Arabic) has long-standing religious and cultural roots in the Middle East, there are a number of differences and tensions between the Western perception of arbitration and certain Islamic legal principles.
Russia reported to be cancelling duty–free trade with Ukraine
The duty-free trade deal between Russia and Ukraine is coming to an end. Russia says fundamental changes mean that it will invoke Article 62 of the Vienna Declaration to terminate the understanding.
Japan, Mongolia sign free trade deal
Japan and Mongolia signed a free-trade deal today, as Tokyo looks to tap the country’s fast-growing economy and its vast supply of natural resources.
PANG warns against Fiji’s ratification of IEPA
The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has expressed concern that the government of Fiji has announced its decision to ratify the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA).
American tangdi kebab for basmati
India’s ministry of external affairs has suggested allowing the free import of American chicken legs and starting a dialogue on a bilateral investment treaty, in return for the US government allowing shipments of Indian basmati rice, pomegranate and table grapes and immigration reforms that will help Indian IT professionals.
Global investment needs Chinese inputs
After European- and then US-led bilateral treaties, the world is in the process of shaping the third generation of investment systems, and it is important for China to analyze the new trends and map out its strategy to keep abreast with the times, writes China Daily.
American poultry standards draw criticism at trade talks
At a stakeholder hearing in Brussels, the US chief negotiator on TTIP, Daniel Mullaney, argued that chlorine­-washed chicken offered consumers a safe alternative
The secret deal that threatens NHS
People’s NHS sent Paul Giles, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, to Brussels to learn how TTIP would affect the UK’s National Health Service. What could possibly have gone wrong.
David Cameron urged to exempt the NHS from TTIP deal after unions claim it is at risk from being sold to American corporations
Unions claim the NHS is under threat by the giant US-EU trade agreement known as TTIP despite assurances from negotiators that it was exempt.
SA among Sadc nations to initial EU trade pact
Aafter 10 years of negotiations, a regional Southern African Development Community (Sadc) group, of which South Africa is a part, has "initialled" an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, the Department of Trade and Industry said on Thursday.
TUC condemns “inimical” EPA; prays Parliament rejects it
The Trades Union Congress is indicating to the Parliament of Ghana not to ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement reached between ECOWAS and European Union.
US accused of forcing EU to accept tar sands oil
Newly publicised internal documents suggest that US negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark regulatory proposal in the European Union aimed at addressing climate change, and instead to force European countries to import particularly dirty forms of oil.
Namibia concludes EPA negotiations with EU
Namibia has concluded negotiations towards a final Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union and the details will be submitted to the National Assembly for ratification and signing.
Bid launched to stop EU/US free trade deal
A broad coalition of European environmental, consumer rights and anti-globalization groups launched a bid on Tuesday to stop the European Union from negotiating a free trade deal with the United States.
How the Mexican drug trade thrives on free trade
US policy—specifically the militarization of the border since NAFTA—has strengthened cartels’ power and enabled them to diversify their operations deeper into the legal economy.
Dutch unfazed by SA’s cancelled trade treaty
South Africa’s unilateral cancellation of its bilateral investment treaty with the Netherlands, a major trade and investment partner, does not appear to have dampened the Dutch appetite for investment in the country.
Chile to suspend trade talks with Israel over Gaza bombing
Chile has suspended Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Israel and is considering the withdrawal of its ambassador to Tel Aviv in protest against the Israeli bombing campaign on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
MEPs wary of commission’s approach to TTIP negotiations
The European commission’s TTIP proposals could lead Europe "down a regulatory race to the bottom" and there is "a growing sense of unease and concern" surrounding the negotiations, say MEPs.