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Why EU’s and US’ new trade deal threatens progressive business
In the EU, representatives from parts of the chemical and pesticide industry have used TTIP to fiercely lobby against stronger protections from hormone (endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
AFL-CIO blasts U.S. on auto trade talks
The president of the AFL-CIO blasted the Obama administration for not pushing hard enough to protect U.S. auto jobs
Comesa drafts 2016-20 strategic plan
Removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to facilitate increased regional trade dominated the deliberations that buttressed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement
Pakistan wants zero tariff on 70% items
In a bid to take advantage of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and China, Pakistani authorities have asked for zero tariff on 70% of its export items and has offered to give zero tariff on 40% of the Chinese items.
TTIP controversy: The European Commission and Big Tobacco accused of cover-up after heavily redacted documents released
Documents back up fears that TTIP will allow tobacco giants to take legal action against the UK and other European governments who attempt to tighten smoking legislation
ASEAN and China to strive to end talks on upgraded FTA
Chinese commerce minister Gao Hucheng said that both China and ASEAN have agreed to strive to bring to an end their negotiation on an upgraded version of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (FTA) before the end of this year.
10,000 emails sent to Bolton Euro MP about trade agreement which could see American firms providing health and transport services in UK
North West MEP Afzal Khan says he has received more than 10,000 emails from constituents concerned about the proposed trade agreement between the United States and the European Unions.
Vietnam et Etats-Unis : une nouvelle ère stratégique ?
Les relations entre Hanoi et Washington, ennemis d’hier, entrent dans une nouvelle ère. Au-delà du symbole, l’enjeu est la redéfinition des rapports de forces en Asie-Pacifique, avec la Chine au centre du jeu.
How TiSA strolls off with our services
While TTIP is currently the center of attention, our world leaders discuss TiSA, an extensive service agreement meant to put (public) services, like the water supply, in the hands of the international market.
Alphachat podcast: Joe Stiglitz on minimum wage, monetary policy, TPP and more
Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, discusses TPP.
RCEP on track as China, Japan reach a deal
Southeast Asian countries and their trading partners will continue their talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as China and Japan eventually agreed on certain thresholds for import duties
How regional trade agreements can spark a fight over Feta cheese
While the European Union and Canada agree that Feta cheese must come from Greece, the deal underscores the problems with regional trade deals not giving other countries a say.
EEU to study free trade area agreement with Iran
The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission has decided to set up a joint research group to study the prospects of reaching a free trade area (FTA) agreement with Iran
TPP set to devour Vietnamese livestock
TPP members such as the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Australia will undoubtedly swallow the livestock industry in one big gulp, Nguyen Duc Thanh, director of the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research says, putting the livelihoods of 10 million Vietnamese family farmers at risk.
Ecuador’s experience with international investment arbitration
The brief reviews Ecuador’s experience with investment treaties and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The paper explains the historical and geopolitical context of the decisions Ecuador has taken in regard to bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and ISDS.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: copyright law, the creative industries, and Internet freedom
A number of chapters of the TPP will affect the creative artists, cultural industries and internet freedom — including intellectual property, investment, and electronic commerce.
Commission breaks new ground on TTIP tobacco transparency
The European Commission has broken new ground in transparency over Big Tobacco lobbying around the ongoing EU-US trade talks. Philip Morris topped a EU lobbying spending table last year, spending more than petrol giant ExxonMobil.
Asian countries shift focus to regional trade after TPP delay
Asian countries have agreed to speed-up the conclusion of a more localised trade agreement after the delays finishing a competing US-led pact.
New trade measures top Apec agenda in Cebu meetings
New and aggressive measures to improve trade and economic growth across the region will be high on the agenda of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Disastrous TPP being pushed to wrap up by mid September
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not dead. Even though talks failed last month in Hawaii and the 12 countries couldn’t come to an agreement, the last few legislative days left are being used up wisely.