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Spain pushes for quick EU action to approve Chile trade deal
Spain wants the European Union to move quickly to ink a free-trade deal with copper powerhouse Chile that was put on ice late last year.
Johnson says FTA hopefully by yr-end; to hold talks with PM Modi today
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country hoped to complete a free trade agreement (FTA) with India by the year-end.
European Commission President to visit India next week
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen’s two-day visit starting on April 24 will see discussions around key issues including the India-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
UK ministers expect first trade deals with individual US states to be secured ‘within weeks’
The planned agreements will not be legally binding or cut tariffs, UK trade minister said.
Canada postpones talks to expand FTA agreement with Ukraine until after war
Ukraine and Canada have agreed to continue negotiations on expanding the agreement on the free trade zone to the sphere of services and investments after the end of the war in Ukraine.
ISDS landscape in Latin America for 2022
ISDS in Latin America is here to stay. While disputes in sectors such as pensions and telecoms are becoming more common in the region, we expect to see a ripening of COVID-related, tech and energy disputes.
Uruguay and Ecuador discuss possible bilateral trade agreement
The Presidents of Ecuador and Uruguay exchanged views on ”the possibility of starting to deal with a bilateral trade agreement.“
Groups to USTR, USDA: Panama must fully implement trade pact
Panama submitted a formal request to revise the agricultural tariff elimination terms of the US FTA. US agriculture groups urge the Biden administration to oppose any changes to agricultural tariffs, TRQs or safeguards.
T-MEC, an obstacle to lithium nationalization
State exclusivity in the lithium value chain can violate the treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC).
India-UAE FTA steers clear of credible access to govt procurement
India and the UAE have remained cautious in granting each other access to the sensitive public procurement segment under the free trade agreement (FTA) signed in February.
Bangladesh agog to sign FTA with ASEAN
Bangladesh now works vigorously to sign free-trade agreement (FTA) with ASEAN before LDC graduation to make up for loss of preferential trading facility following exit from the poor-country club.
Mexican union calls for US probe into alleged labor abuses at Panasonic plant
In a petition to US labor officials, Mexican union SNITIS said a Panasonic car parts plant in the border city of Reynosa violated the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
EU trade talks ramp up ahead of Ardern’s Europe visit
Trade talks between New Zealand and the European Union have entered a “rolling process” of negotiations, with hopes the long-running discussions can be wrapped up before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the region this year.
Taiwan passes CPTPP-compliant intellectual property amendments
The new legal framework for intellectual property rights will meet the standards set out in the CPTPP free trade agreement, and is expected to help in the country’s negotiations to join the 11-member trade bloc.
UK will not offer Indians more visas in post-Brexit trade talks
The government will not allow more Indians to come to the UK through new visa routes in any UK-India free trade deal.
Barbados and Rwanda strengthening ties
Barbados and Rwanda move to strengthen ties, Prime Minister Mia Mottley believes such a partnership can pay dividends in the fight against COVID-19.
Canada, Indonesia agree to boost economic cooperation
Canada and Indonesia recently agreed to intensify economic cooperation, especially on trade, investment and energy transition. Indonesian foreign affairs minister Retno Marsudi and Canadian counterpart Melanie Joly signed the Indonesia-Canada Plan of Action for 2022-2025 during the latter’s visit to Indonesia to take ahead the cooperation initiatives.
Govt eyes FTAs with seven countries, two blocs
The government is considering seven countries and two regional blocs as potential partners for signing free trade agreements to retain duty-free market access of Bangladeshi products after the graduation from the least developed country to a developing one in 2026.
S. Korea decides to join CPTPP trade agreement
South Korea decided to join a mega free trade agreement involving 11 Asia-Pacific nations as the country seeks to diversify its export portfolio amid heightened economic uncertainty.
Thailand mulls more FTAs to expand export markets
Thailand is scheduled to study free trade agreements (FTAs) with countries in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America by the second half of this year, a move to expand new export markets.