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Malaysia-India joint study on CECA and possible FTA
Malaysia and India have agreed to undertake a joint feasibility study on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), which includes the possibility of having Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.
US yet to act on FTA amendments
The United States has yet to follow through on threats to challenge amendments made to the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
FTA may force debtors to reform
Banking liberalisation under the Thai-US free trade agreement will affect not only local banks, but also debtors, according to Twatchai Yongkittikul, the secretary-general of the Thai Bankers’ Association.
ECC approves Free Trade Agreement with Sri Lanka
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet in Pakistan has approved the signing of a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka.
Sub-region integration a challenge to FTAA
The fifth annual World Social Forum will take place Jan. 26-31 in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre amidst an upsurge in Latin American sub-regional integration efforts, bolstered by the obvious failure of the project to create the hemisphere-wide Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
New head of AMCHAM pushes treaty on investment
In his first address as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Wayne Chumley said yesterday that the United States and Korea needed to make progress on a free trade agreement this year.
Regional, bilateral deals seen as impeding trade
Far from being a stepping stone to freer trade, the NAFTA and other regional and bilateral trade deals have created a conflicting web of preferential arrangements that may be impeding rather than spurring trade, the authors of a report commissioned by the World Trade Organization have concluded.
Vaile defends trade deals
Trade Minister Mark Vaile today defended Australia’s free trade deals with foreign countries after a new World Trade Organisation (WTO) report said such agreements could be discriminatory.
Korea, Israel to push for FTA: Israeli minister
South Korea and Israel are set to hold formal discussions on a Free Trade Agreement in a joint committee meeting next year, Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday.
WTO hampered by ’spaghetti bowl’ deals
The World Trade Organisation is being undermined by the intransigence and short-sightedness of its member countries, according to the report of a high-level commission released on Monday.
Tokyo in push on trade deals
Japan will push to conclude a basic bilateral trade agreement with Thailand and Malaysia within the next few months, according to a senior trade official, who denied suggestions from a member of his own ministry that talks with those two countries had stalled.
Korean carmakers prepare plans for AFTA
South Korean carmakers Hyundai and KIA are considering setting up a production base in Southeast Asia to take advantage of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA).
Free trade: Time to take your partners
Queensland could reap $1b a year from the Free Trade Agreement with the US, but it’s not going to be easy.
Chile president to sign draft FTA with India
The visiting Chilean president will sign a framework free trade agreement with India.
UAE, Oman must make new move for FTA, says US
The United Arab Emirates and Oman must make new efforts to qualify for proposed free trade pacts with the United States, a US official said on Friday in response to objections raised by labour groups.
Pakistan to buy Nepali tea, drugs under FTA
Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Zamir Akram said Thursday that Nepal and Pakistan were looking forward to sign a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to boost trade between the two countries.
Mending broken fences
It seems neighbours Malawi and Zimbabwe are kissing and making up after a couple of years of strained trade relations.
Bill Day: Bring back the multilateral pact
Now that Trade Representative Robert Zoellick is moving to the State Department as Condoleezza Rice’s deputy, U.S. trade policy may see a shift from small bilateral pacts back to big, sweeping multilateral trade agreements.
End the Saudi-Bahrain FTA row
As a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizen, it is extremely disappointing to note that the controversy surrounding Saudi Arabia’s objections to the Bahrain-US free trade agreement (FTA) is threatening the future of the GCC economic integration.
Egypt, US consider free trade talks
The United States and Egypt are studying the possibility of opening talks for Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2005, a U.S. Trade Representative release said.