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US Defense Secretary urges approval of TPP
US defense chief calls TPP one of the most important parts of the US re-balancing toward Asia-Pacific, including its military relationships.
Israeli envoy pitches for FTA with India
Israel’s Ambassador to India has been pushing for the signing of a free trade agreement between the two countries, adding that he is "not immensely optimistic that this will happen very soon."
Philippines not to seek to join TPP: trade chief
The Philippines will not participate in the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under its current government, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported earlier this week, citing the Philippine trade chief.
Draft bilateral investment pact keeps tax disputes, contracts out of arbitration
The finance ministry has drafted a fresh bilateral investment protection treaty that would keep taxation measures and issuance of compulsory licences for intellectual property rights out of the sphere of arbitration while preventing foreign investors to drag India to arbitration for any dispute that has already been settled by the courts.
Rules of origin TPP dispute blocking Japan-US auto deal
Rules of origin for automobile parts have emerged as a key stumbling block in Japan-US auto trade talks held as part of efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, according to informed sources.
Time to conclude FTA, India tells EU
The Indian government has urged the European Union to conclude negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement, saying the parties have arrived at the point of compromise that could be upset if EU became over-ambitious.
Leaked investment chapter of the TPP: broad similarities to the US Model BIT, a nod to the ongoing debate and some outstanding issues
The leaked investment chapter of the TPP looks very similar to the 2012 US Model BIT, with a few notable additions and changes to the text.
International investment law and the [human right to] land
In many cases, international investment agreements have the purpose and/or effect of hijacking the international human rights system.
EU-US trade deal will ’hang beef sector out to dry’: ICSA
The potential for losses of between €25m and €45m for the beef sector from any trade deal between Europe and the US has provoked a sharp response from the Irish farm organisations.
Modi’s visit to Canada will boost trade deals: Diplomat
Canada expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in April to help accelerate finalization of trade and investment agreements between the two countries, a Canadian diplomat has said.
Why do we say NO to FTAs, TTIP and CETA
In this video, Via Campesina leaders from Europe, US and Canada explain how new free trade agreements affect food sovereignty.
WPF motion on TNCs and human rights violations
The World Parliamentary Forum calls on national and regional Parliaments to reject both free trade agreements (FTAs) that benefit corporations and major international investors, as well as abusive bilateral investment treaties (BITs), that some governments have already cancelled.
Eurasian Economic Union to sign free trade deal with Vietnam soon — Russian official
The free trade deal between the EEU and Vietnam will help expand Russia’s access to the Vietnamese market and the market of the ASEAN member states, the government says.
Australia-GCC free trade agreement “a priority”
A GCC-Australia Free Trade Agreement is top of the agenda for Andrew Robb, the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, when he returns to the region in April.
Company vs country
Resistance is mounting against the booming and lucrative business of multinational companies suing governments.
European trade lobby urges restart of FTA talks
The European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC) is calling for an early resumption of talks on a Thailand-European Union free-trade agreement, arguing that there is no need to wait for the return of democracy.
Le Vietnam et la R. de Corée paraphent leur accord de libre-échange
La République de Corée et le Vietnam ont paraphé leur accord de libre-échange (ALE), a annoncé dimanche le ministère sud-coréen de l’Industrie, de l’Energie et du Commerce extérieur.
India denies pushing SL to sign CEPA
The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka last week denied reports that the country was pushing Sri Lanka to revive the much discussed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) solely due to the former’s interest.
India: Govt, legal experts differ on Cairn compensation demand
Cairn Energy Plc’s demand for compensation from India for the Rs 10,200 crore tax notice slapped on Cairn India earlier this month under the ambit of the India-UK Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA) has divided those in the government and those outside it.
CBDT on Cairn: Tax matters not covered under UK-India BIT
According to sources ay India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes, tax matters are not covered under UK-India bilateral Investment treaty (BIT).