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TISA and TPP: trade unions and social movements resist unfair trade deals
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 lawmakers approve S Korea FTA
New Zealand’s Parliament approved the Tariff (Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) Amendment Bill on September 24, 2015.
Intellectual property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: increasing the barriers for the access to affordable medicines
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.
TTIP negotiations not even half done
An internal European assessment shows talks stalled on key issues.
NBR Radio Special: Jane Kelsey on TPP legal action
Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey is challenging an “unlawful” government decision to deny an official trade document request.
Canada’s CBC could be threatened by TPP, journalists warn
Leaked details of the TPP suggest Canada’s public broadcaster could be forced into privatization, according to analysts.
National politics put trade talks under pressure
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.
Uruguay, Paraguay drop out of TiSA talks
U.S. trade officials acknowledged Uruguay and Paraguay’s decision to drop out of talks on the proposed Trade in International Services agreement.
At Obama-Modi meeting in New York, MSF urges India to protect affordable medicines for millions
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, South Korea fail to strike FTA deal
Japan, China and South Korea ended their two-day negotiations on a trilateral trade agreement without fruit.
Dairy at risk, China free trade deal updated
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.
The implications of CET for Nigerian products
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.
India’s act ‘breaches’ int’l conventions, agreements
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.
The information hurdle in free trade agreements
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.
CETA deal "rigs the game," says P.E.I. producers
Critics attack trade deal in football parody skit.
EU and US mega deal sparks inflated emotions
Negotiations are about import tariffs but mainly about sanitary and phytosanitary standards, which can have far-reaching consequences for agriculture.
All 56 SNP MPs sign motion expressing major concerns about TTIP
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.
Anti-TPP campaigners argue text ban is unlawful
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 TPP dairy , and investor-state disputes
Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s TPP done deal on dairy, and on investor-state disputes
French minister: ’TTIP talks are not transparent’
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.