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A serendipitous exception in FTAs
At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile last weekend, leaders discussed economic issues, especially trade. Singapore and Peru, for example, agreed to initiate talks for a free trade agreement.
Musharraf keen to seal FTA deal with Dhaka fast
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has expressed his keenness for early conclusion of bilateral free trade agreement between Bangladesh and Pakistan for further expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries.
SPS issues and free trade agreements
While the main US goal on agriculture in many FTA negotiations often is to secure non-SPS related concessions such as lower tariffs, the foreign partners often see the FTA as an opportunity to resolve outstanding SPS issues with the US as well as seek accelerated new market access to the US for their animal and plant products.
India, SACU gearing up for FTA
India and members of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) hope to have a “limited scope agreement” for more liberal trading by next year, the first concrete step towards a free trade agreement (FTA).
Seoul to start FTA talks with ASEAN in 2005
South Korea will start negotiations next year for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
SA near to clinching another trade deal
SACU’s deal with Efta will be a scaled-down version of the original: Efta members have agreed to Sacu’s request to shelve complex issues such as government procurement, intellectual property and investment.
Driving a hard bargain: Trade agreements easier said than done
Japan is proving a tough negotiator for countries with their hopes pinned on FTAs.
Agriculture: Thais urged to reject political parties which support bilateral FTAs and GM crops
Thailand’s leading agricultural activist network has urged Thais not to vote for political parties which back free trade agreements and genetically modified (GM) crops research at next February’s general election.
Drop FTA with US, GCC tells Bahrain
Gulf Arab states angered by Bahrain’s decision to sign up to a free trade pact with the United States say it should back away from the deal and honour a regional agreement.
Bush plan that critics call ’NAFTA on steroids’ stalls
President Bush’s goal for a free-trade zone encompassing the entire Western Hemisphere faces growing opposition in the United States and abroad.
Joint study on the FTA between China & New Zealand
New Zealand government has released the report of a joint study on the to-be-negotiated NZ-China FTA.
APEC leaders duck free-trade plan
Asia-Pacific leaders have ducked a call from business advisors to study an ambitious FTA among APEC members.
Japan, Philippines reach FTA accord
Japan and the Philippines reached a basic agreement for a bilateral free-trade agreement after striking a deal on the stickiest issue — steel tariffs.
China, Chile decide to start FTA talks
China and Chile have decided to start talks on a free trade agreement (FTA)
Dominican Republic excluded from CAFTA
The Bush administration has decided to exclude the Dominican Republic from the Central American Free Trade Agreement because the Dominican Republic has adopted a tax on products containing high fructose corn syrup, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said.
Go the whole hog on regional trade pacts, says Kamal Nath
Commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath said at the economic editors’ conference here on Wednesday, that bilateral trade agreements will serve as engines for international trade.
The first victim of the free trade agreement
He was a Panamanian who lived of what the land gave him. His name? Sabino Rivera. What happened? Death took him when a bomb, abandoned by the United States in Panama, blew him to pieces.
Milking Thailand: The Thai-Australia Free Trade Agreement
In Thailand, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) debates were heated. Farmers and critics claim that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s government sold out small farmers to their own big business interests. They took to the streets in protest while Thaksin lambasted them and obscured negotiation details.
Senate debate begins on Thai FTA deal
Debate has begun in the Senate on laws enabling the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement to take effect from next year.
FTA to create opportunities: Zoellick
The free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and the United States would create real economic opportunities in both countries for businesses, farmers, and workers, US trade representative Robert Zoellick said.