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US-Andean talks even worse than feared
Barring major turns, any deal emerging from the talks will be a disaster for most Colombians.
Unravelling the complex rationale of RTAs
Proliferation of regional trade agreements (RTAs) has been a striking development in the world’s trading systems since the mid-1990s.
APEC might form unilateral FTA: Official
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries are displaying a growing tendency in favor of establishing a unilateral free trade agreement in the vast region, according to a senior official at the Indonesian Ministry of Trade.
More trade caution seen with Kerry, more deals under Bush
An election win for Senator John Kerry could make the United States tougher and more cautious on trade, while a victory for President George W Bush would keep the country on the path to more deals, experts say.
Australia optimistic about free trade pact with China
Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile said negotiating an FTA with China would be "arguably more important" than the Australia-US free trade deal recently concluded and due to come into operation on January 1.
Korea must choose between FTA and screen quota: US Ambassador
US ambassador to Korea Christopher Hill said on Monday that the Korean government and people had to choose between an FTA and Korea’s screen quota system.
Bush won’t dissolve sugar jobs
Handled with care. That is the best way to describe how the Bush administration has dealt with sugar in America’s international trade agreements.
Uruguay, US sign bilateral trade treaty
Uruguay and the United States signed a bilateral trade agreement Monday to safeguard foreign business investments in each other’s countries while promoting trade and exports.
Japan, S Korea hold free trade talks amidst demos
Japan and South Korea opened a new round of free trade talks in Tokyo as nearly 150 labor union members from the two countries clashed with police during a demonstration to oppose the deal.
US, Andean countries fail to make progress in FTA talks
The fifth round of negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru ended Friday without progress in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil. The controversial issues were agriculture and intellectual property.
Sino-ASEAN FTA nears final stage
Leaders of China and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries are expected to sign a package of free trade deals late next month, enabling the two parties to formally implement a China-ASEAN free trade area (FTA) starting from 2005.
Philippine gov’t reports big progress in talks with Japan
The Philippines reported significant progress in talks to sign a free-trade pact by the end of the year with Japan.
US concern poses threat to free trade deal
The United States’ continuing concern about Australian laws is threatening to delay the countries’ free-trade agreement.
Japan: FTA talks with 3 nations at crucial stage
Japan’s ongoing negotiations over free trade agreements with Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand are entering a crucial stage.
Philippines: No systematic framework for FTA negotiations yet
The Philippines has yet to adopt a systematic framework that would govern its negotiations for bilateral free-trade agreements (FTAs) with other countries, according to two economic analysts.
Bangladesh to sign free trade agreement with Morocco
Bangladesh is set to sign its first bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) - with Morocco - despite reservations by its own research wing.
EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement: Profits for a few, threats for the majority of our people
Declaration from the Social Movements and Civil Society organisationss from the Mercosu
Bilateral agreements and a TRIPS-plus world: the Chile-US FTA
In these issues papers, the author examines a subject of importance in the developing international intellectual property regime and highlights the key issues arising. The topics have been chosen following consultations with negotiators from developing countries and respond to their concerns.
Demonstrations against Andean FTA continue
The Ecuadorian indigenous movement ECUARUNARI has called for a “great march” on Wednesday 27 October 2004 to protest against the negotiations carried out by Ecuador, Colombia and Peru with United States in order to sign a free Trade Agreement (FTA)
Malaysia, Pakistan plan free trade talks
Malaysia and Pakistan have agreed to start negotiations that could lead to a free trade agreement.