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East Africans seeking to unlock trade talks with European Union
East African countries are scheduled to hold a meeting in September to resolve outstanding issues in order to conclude negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) with EU.
Vietnam, EU expect to finish trade pact in October
Vietnam and the European Union are expected to complete negotiations on a free-trade agreement in October, officials said Monday.
Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal
The Abbott government in Australia was close to negotiating a free trade agreement with China. That is, until Clive Palmer got involved.
TTIP - German welfare organisations demand exclusion of social services
In a common position paper, SOLIDAR member Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) as a member of the German coordination organization of welfare organization together with another network outlined their position on the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) regarding social and health care services.
CAFTA investor rights undermining democracy and the environment: Pacific Rim mining case
Pacific Rim Mining Corp., a Canadian-based multinational firm, sought to establish a massive gold mine using water-intensive cyanide ore processing in the basin of El Salvador’s largest river, Rio Lempa.
Trade Union Left Forum is urging workers to sign a petition calling on the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to get TTIP scrapped.
Russia asks Egypt to start negotiations on agreement with Eurasian customs union
Russia has asked Egypt to start negotiations to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Customs Union, which groups Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, said Minister of Trade and Industry Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour.
Indonesia’s termination of the Netherlands–Indonesia BIT: Broader implications in the Asia-Pacific?
While Indonesia intends to renegotiate its BITs to provide greater capacity to regulate in the public interest, the current Australian government has indicated it will consider the inclusion of ISDS on a case-by-case basis.
TTIP - Debate: European goals and fears
"Multilateral negotiations on the WTO level should be the norm, but at the moment this TTIP will actually set world standards and the rest has to follow," says Olaf Böhnke of the European Council on Foreign Affairs
US ambassadors heart TTIP
US embassies across Europe are pushing the proposed US-European Union trade deal through bicycle tours and cash grants.
Chlorine chicken: No thank you
There’s strong criticism of the planned free trade agreement TTIP. Europe’s organic farming sector is especially skeptical. Deutsche Welle reports.
War of the FTAs
As an exhausted World Trade Organisation struggles, expect a war of FTAs as rich countries hit back with new trade regimes under TPP and TTIP while emerging markets build the RCEP
Leaked CETA treaty: One thing to applaud
Massive, controversial EU-Canada deal manages to do copyright right, says Michael Geist
How the EAC locked horns with the EU over the EPA negotiations
Godfrey Ssali from the Uganda Manufacturers Association explains what is behind the current deadlock between the East African Community and the European Union on the negotiations underway to agree a set of Economic Partnership Agreements
China against Malaysia-Taiwan FTA
Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang says China is against any move by Malaysia to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Taiwan.
Sri Lanka to focus on increasing trade and investment with China
Sri Lanka will focus on increasing trade and investment with China as well as broadening the scope of a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a top official said on Tuesday.
Careful on those FTAs
The ultimate metric for assessing the impact of a trade agreement is its ability to create jobs, not just bring in foreign exchange, argues Ajit Ranade
What the leaked EU-Canada trade paper means for TTIP
EU trade negotiators, who like to give as little away as possible, will have been deeply dismayed by the leak of 520 pages of their latest baby: the EU-Canada free trade agreement (Ceta).
US trade officials say it’s their way or the highway on TPP
A new website is highlighting that United States trade officials could dictate to other countries their laws and regulations relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
CETA: What the leaked version reveals
The most controversial provisions include the investor state dispute resolution mechanism (ISDS), an arbitral tribunal meant to settle disputes between governments and corporations.