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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.
Merry-go round
Sri Lanka and Pakistan are hoping to have another go at the belated free trade agreement between the two countries in November.
South Korea: Indefinite general strike planned
Korean trade union and social organisations have worked together in recent months to stop the Japan-Korea FTA, arguing that it will result in the abolition of more regulations protecting workers rights, and more privatisation of public services. They also say the average citizens’ access to medical treatment and drugs will also be undermined by the FTA’s excuse to “protect” intellectual property rights.
NCAER slams India-Thailand FTA
Economic think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has questioned the usefulness of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which India signed with Thailand.
S. Korean lawmakers sound alarm over FTA with Japan
A group of lawmakers from South Korea’s ruling party Friday joined the chorus of caution about the possible adverse impact of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan on the local market.
Japan business leaders want FTA with Chile
The head of the Japanese team on a Japan-Chile economic panel have asked the Japanese government to boost efforts to conclude a bilateral free trade agreement.
Australia may bow to pressure from US drug firms on FTA
Prime Minister John Howard may bow to a concerted campaign by American drug companies against the amendments that the government was forced into accepting upon pressure from the Labor Party.
EU-Mercosur free trade agreement: Profits for a few - threats for the majority of our people
While negotiations for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) remain on hold in relation to the US elections, the governments of the Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) are hastily negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU that is also harmful for the region.
EU, Mercosur fail to reach agreement
Talks between the European Union and the four-nation South American Mercosur trade bloc, aimed at building the world’s largest free-trade area, will be extended into 2005
Agriculture and the Andean FTA: What’s at stake in Colombia?
On May 18, 2004, trade representatives from the United States and the Andean region met in Cartagena, Colombia to begin negotiations for a new set of bilateral trade agreements known collectively as the Andean Free Trade Agreement.
e-postcard: ’Stop EPAs’
Sign the e-postcard that will be send to UK Trade Minister Patricia Hewitt...
ESF: Public urged to act on trade agreements
African and European civil society groups are urging European citizens to put pressure on their governments to halt regional trade agreements between the European Union and developing countries.
Mercosur and Andean Community sign free trade pact
South America’s two large trade blocs, the Mercosur and Andean Community of Nations (CAN), have signed an agreement to phase out all import tariffs over the next 15 years, with a view towards eventually creating an immense free trade zone in the region.
Bangladesh-Nepal Economic Ties
Excerpts from the welcome address of H.E. Huyamun Kabir, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal, at the Bangladesh Trade Fair, 8 October 2004