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India finalises draft Economic agreement with Bangladesh to reduce trade deficit significantly
India’s Commerce Ministry has finalized the draft agreement for the proposed Bangladesh –India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.
India-UK conclude third round of FTA talks
India and the UK concluded the third round of talks for the proposed free trade agreement in New Delhi covering ground on key areas. The two sides hope to sign the interim deal by October.
Climate change and investor-state dispute settlement
ISDS is likely to be an increasingly important avenue for the resolution of climate change disputes.
Russian war leads EU bloc to push for faster trade deals
A group of European Union countries are pushing to kick start negotiations on stalled free-trade agreements as Russia’s war with Ukraine threatens the bloc’s economic and security interests.
Ministry to host Apec trade talks
Talks on the long-delayed Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) and open economies topping the agenda of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers meeting.
Canada-ASEAN trade deal touted as gateway to North American markets
The proposed ASEAN-Canada free trade agreement holds the potential to broaden Philippine goods’ access to North American markets, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry said.
India has no plans to join the WTO govt procurement agreement
India has “no plans" to join the government procurement agreement grouping of the World Trade Organization, but is open to negotiating such agreements as part of bilateral deals.
How treaties protecting fossil fuel investors could jeopardize global efforts to save the climate – and cost countries billions
We estimate that countries would face up to $340 billion in legal and financial risks for canceling fossil fuel projects that are subject to treaties with ISDS clauses.
No duty concession on 29.8% of India’s product categories under FTA with Australia
Some of the products India has kept in the exclusion category without offering any concession to Australia in the Free Trade Agreement include milk and other dairy products, walnut, chickpeas, pistachio nut, wheat, rice, most medical devices, etc.
Government pledges protection for bilateral investors on AfCFTA
The Government of Ghana has pledged to protect Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) for countries that sign agreement with it for reciprocal foreign direct returns on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
New round of Kenya-US trade talks starts
Kenya wanted to do a deal with Washington before the expiry of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which allows sub-Saharan African countries to export thousands of products to the US without tariffs until 2025.
Russia’s meandering return path to investing in Africa – OpEd
United States, European Union and their Pacific allies’ sanctions are fast-driving Russia towards Africa. As the sanctions bite, Russia continues stepping up to realign with Africa, stemming its policy with mountainous pledges.
India keeps 1,157 sensitive items out of UAE FTA ambit
India has kept as many as 1,157 sensitive products from key sectors, including dairy, automobiles, medical devices, consumer electronics and agriculture, out of the purview of its free trade agreement with the UAE.
Ukraine, UK sign preferential trade deal; abolish import duty, tariff quota
Ukraine and the UK have legally enshrined the abolition of import duties and tariff quotas in bilateral trade by signing an agreement.
Serving of notice of dispute
Amendments to the mining law in Slovenia which prohibit the use of any hydraulic stimulation in mining exploitation constitute further breaches of the protections established by the BIT and the ECT.
My Say: Dubious benefits for Malaysia in ratifying the CPTPP
In this ever-unfolding but unpredictable world and regional situation, Malaysia should remain “non-aligned” — albeit as appropriate for these new times. It should not take sides between the dominant West and its adversaries — led by China, the region’s major trading partner by far.
Malawi, Mozambique sign trade pacts
Malawi and Mozambique have signed two important trade pacts aimed at unlocking and boosting trade of the two countries. President Lazarus Chakwera, signed the two pacts on behalf of the government of Malawi.
African Continental Free Trade Area agreement not quite the silver bullet SA hoped for, says ANC
The African Continental Free Trade Area agreement could have negative impacts on South Africa’s trade, labour force and micro, small and medium enterprises, according to a draft document prepared for discussion at the ANC’s upcoming policy conferences.
Taking equity into account in international and domestic legal frameworks on compensation for climate change and the energy transition
In the context of investment treaties and arbitration, states should not put private arbitrators in the driver’s seat on issues of valuation of fossil fuel assets and compensation.
The FTA being put on hold worries the Chinese enterprises that intend to do businesses in Maldives
The fact that the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement has not come into effect causes worries for the Chinese enterprises that intend to do businesses in Maldives, has stated the Chines Ambassador to Maldives.