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S. Korea aggressively seeks trade pacts to make up for late start
South Korea will make a determined effort to pursue free trade agreements (FTAs) in an effort to further its interests, despite concerns that this could weaken domestic industries and pose further challenges for the agricultural sector.
Gvt procurement: FTA provides lucrative contracts for Australian businesses
Australian businesses are preparing for an assault on the $200 billion US Government procurement market when the US-Australia FTA takes effect in just over a fortnight.
Cuba and Venezuela slam US Free Trade Area of the Americas
In a new bid to challenge the US backed Free Trade Area of the Americas, Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Tuesday announced in Havana an alternative bloc for the region based in mutual cooperation among states rather than in pure pro-market policies.
South Korea is a latecomer on freer trade
Until April, South Korea was the only member of the World Trade Organisation other than Mongolia without a free-trade agreement (FTA). Now it is trying to catch up in a hurry.
Twelve-country report on FTAs
A report on the status of FTA fever in 12 Asian countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Signing of Qualified Industrial Zones Agreement (QIZ)
On December 14, Israel, Egypt and the United States will sign the agreement leading to the establishment of Qualified Industrial Zones in Cairo, Egypt.
Egypt, Israel sign deal on free trade with US
Egypt and Israel will sign a joint free-trade agreement with the United States in Cairo today
Gov’t seeks ’Kaesong provision’ in future FTAs
The South Korean government said that it will seek provisions in future free trade talks that will permit preferential duties for products from the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea so that they will be treated as if produced in the South.
New FTA website to be created
A new website dedicated to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Bahrain and the US is being created by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Third round of Thai-US FTA talks postponed until after election
The third round of free trade talks between the United States and Thailand has been postponed until after the latter’s general election in February 2005, local press reported on Monday.
Labour: The spread of bilateral trade agreements
This report looks at major Customs Unions, Free Trade Areas, and economic association agreements around the world, with particular attention to any clauses covering social issues, core labour standards and trade union participation.
Egypt, Israel, US sign partial free trade deal
The agreement on Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs) opens the US market to goods produced in Egypt with Israeli inputs, promises jobs for Egyptians while offering Israel a symbolic economic foothold in the largest Arab nation.
China’s new regional trade agreements
This paper discusses the recent regional trade agreements that China has concluded rapidly following accession to the WTO in 2002.
Tectonic trends in trade [Christian Science Monitor viewpoint]
Two political tremors in recent days reveal that the global trading system may be creaking and groaning into isolated blocs of countries - without the United States.
Chile, Peru to start FTA negotiations in January
Chile and Peru will start negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) in January, local press cited Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker as saying on Saturday.
Pakistan, Mexico will negotiate free trade agreement
Mexico City: President Pervez Musharraf said on Friday that Pakistan and Mexico had agreed to negotiate a free trade agreement, hoping it would pave the way for booming bilateral trade.
’Singapore can be Iran’s anchor into Asia’
Singapore can be a springboard for oil-rich Iran to expand its business links in Asia, Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang said Thursday as the city-state emphasised its desire for closer bilateral trade ties, IRIB reported.
Sri Lanka, Iran sign bilateral agreements
Sri Lanka and Iran signed a preferential trade agreement and several memoranda of understanding yesterday at the Islamic Republic Mansion in Tehran, the Office of the President said.
Sino-Asean free trade pact a bane to RP, says Ibon
An economic research group warned an upcoming free trade agreement between China and the Association of Southeast Nations will have adverse effects on the country’s economy.
Asian free trade vogue could heat up
Free trade agreements are flying around East Asia these days, with even India, from South Asia, getting a piece of the action.