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CTI applauds move towards an African FTA
Plans by African leaders to launch an ambitious Free Trade Area comprising of 26 countries and backed by over 600 million people next month are in the right direction for the private sector.
Pacific: EU proposes to stop EPA negotiations for 3 years
The European Union have proposed a 3 year pause in negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement, according to Fiji media.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Democrats may have votes to block ’fast track’ authority
Democratic party infighting has left in limbo US President Barack Obama’s highly sought special authority to close global trade deals, with opponents believing they have the votes to block the measure.
Stop the suits tour: International investment agreements threaten people and the environment from El Salvador to Canada
In anticipation of an imminent ruling from a little-known arbitration tribunal at the World Bank that could force El Salvador to pay Canadian-Australian mining firm OceanaGold US$301 million, a Salvadoran delegation is visiting Canada to discuss how investor-state arbitration threatens democratic decision-making, public health and the environment here and beyond our borders.
Pakistan, Thailand to begin dialogue on FTA, says minister
Pakistan and Thailand will start dialogue on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) soon as Cabinet of Thailand has agreed allowing negotiations for FTA with Pakistan.
Ukraine looking to support its businesses ahead of joining FTA with EU
The Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade believes that not all Ukrainian companies are ready to switch to new working conditions once the economic part of the European Union-Ukraine association agreement comes into effect, and is looking for ways to support business.
PH, Canada mull free trade pact
Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have agreed to explore the possibility of forging a free trade agreement.
Vazquez and Rousseff meeting will address Mercosur/EU trade negotiations
Uruguay and Brazil presidents, scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting next 21 May in Brasilia will be addressing Mercosur issues, and advancing in the proposal that will allow the group’s members to sign bilateral agreements with third parties not belonging to the region, thus avoiding the ’consensus’ clause clamp.
Armenia-US trade agreement not a step against Russia – analyst
The trade agreement signed between Armenia and the US last Thursday should not be considered as a step against Russia, political analyst Movses Demirchyan said in his interview to Sputnik-Armenia radio channel.
GCC leaders to meet with President Obama
Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be meeting with President Barack Obama this week at the White House and at Camp David. The six member nations of the GCC include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.
US rejects EU calls for global investment court
The United States has rejected a European Union proposal to establish a global investment court aimed at resolving disputes arising from a massive free trade treaty with the US.
The burden of Taiwan’s stalled trade deal with China
Like its Asian neighbors, Taiwan has been struggling with moribund exports as China’s economic growth slows and a pickup in the U.S. loses some steam.
A major AIDS research groups says the TPP will make it harder to fight AIDS
A new report from the prominent AIDS research group amfAR says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hamper the global fight against AIDS (and other diseases) in a way that would ultimately cost lives.
Could massive EU-US trade deal be extended to Israel?
The idea that Israel would be eligible to join TTIP is being mulled over by the cognoscenti in both Brussels and Washington, reports David Cronin.
Crunch time for TPPA talks
Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement have to be concluded in the next few weeks, or it will be suspended. But there are still many unsettled issues.
RI to resume free trade talks with EU next month
The Indonesian government is to restart long-delayed negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) with the European Union on 15 June.
Namibia, EU ready to sign EPA
The European Union and Namibia have wrapped up negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and are expected to sign the agreement later this year as the EU builds on its involvement with Namibia.
US-Armenian trade deal signed
The United States and Armenia have signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), generally seen as a precursor to a full fledged FTA.
Egypt: Collateral costs of investment
Foreign investment is crucial for reviving Egypt’s economy, but a new report reveals it can come at a considerable cost, writes Stefan Weichert
Europe, Mexico to seek new trade pact to deepen North American ties
The European Union and Mexico will launch negotiations towards a new free-trade agreement later this year, as Europe seeks to tie its economy closer to North America following a deal with Canada and efforts to sign an accord with the United States.