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Governments around the globe are currently engaged in the biggest burst of trade and investment treaty negotiations since the 1990s. This new wave of trade deals is primarily being negotiated by governments and corporations in complete secrecy.
New Zealand’s Parliament approved the Tariff (Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) Amendment Bill on September 24, 2015.
Most free trade agreements signed by the United States, the European Union and the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) contain chapters on intellectual property rights that expand the rights recognized to pharmaceutical companies.
An internal European assessment shows talks stalled on key issues.
Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey is challenging an “unlawful” government decision to deny an official trade document request.
Leaked details of the TPP suggest Canada’s public broadcaster could be forced into privatization, according to analysts.
While domestic political schedules are making it imperative for the U.S., Japan and Canada to wrap up a historic trans-Pacific trade pact, New Zealand and Mexico appear intent on prolonging the talks to extract the best concessions possible.
U.S. trade officials acknowledged Uruguay and Paraguay’s decision to drop out of talks on the proposed Trade in International Services agreement.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned that US pressure for India to change its intellectual property policies could result in millions of people around the world losing their lifeline of affordable medicines.
Japan, China and South Korea ended their two-day negotiations on a trilateral trade agreement without fruit.
China is poised to upgrade its ground-breaking free trade agreement with New Zealand but scoring a major move in favour of NZ’s dairy exporters will be problematic.
Common External Tariff (CET) has remained an issue of strong discourse and controversy in West Africa for many years, particularly since the inception of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.
Experts have termed India’s unofficial trade blockade on Nepal as a breach of international conventions and multilateral agreements that both Nepal and India have signed.
In its Foreign Trade Policy statement, issued in March, the commerce ministry talked of a relative lack of awareness about the potential benefits from free trade agreements (FTAs). Also, that industry is not adequately oriented to using such FTAs to find new markets and products, except when these adversely affect their business.
Critics attack trade deal in football parody skit.
Negotiations are about import tariffs but mainly about sanitary and phytosanitary standards, which can have far-reaching consequences for agriculture.
Campaigners against the big-business deal TTIP have welcomed the signing of a Commons motion raising major concerns about it by all 56 SNP MPs.
A court has been told that the government’s refusal to release information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is unlawful and constitutionally dangerous.
Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s TPP done deal on dairy, and on investor-state disputes
Negotiations for an EU-US free trade agreement "are not transparent" and could end if no progress is made, French trade minister Mathias Fekl said.