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US announces intent to negotiate FTAs with UAE and Oman
US Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick today announced the Administration’s intent to negotiate Free Trade Agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
Japan, Chile to set up joint FTA study board
Japan and Chile are expected to set up a joint study board aimed at concluding a free trade agreement.
Chile wants study of RTAs and FTAs within Asia-Pacific
Chile wants a study of regional trading arrangements (RTAs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) within the Asia Pacific region, and this is likely to be discussed by the leaders at the forthcoming APEC Summit in Santiago.
Lockwood Smith: Second-term Bush presidency good for world trade
While terrorism and security are, for good reason, high in people’s minds right now, global trade developments are critically important for New Zealand over the next two to three years.
Thailand: Academics call for temporary suspension of FTA talks with US
Thai academics called on the government on Friday to temporarily suspend ongoing free trade area (FTA) negotiations with the United States, and suggested it to identify impacts on the country’s intellectual property rights and agricultural products.
US Senator: Egypt, US free trade agreement negotiations begin soon
Chairman of the US Congress Budged Committee Senator Bill Thomas said Egypt-US Free Trade Area (FTA) talks would soon begin.
EU takes piracy fight to non-EU countries
The European Commission yesterday launched a new campaign to tackle IPR deficiencies in countries outside the European Union.
ABAC: Assessment of the Proposal for an FTAAP
An Issues Paper for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)
Trading in food safety? The impact of trade agreements on quarantine in Australia
Australia has always enjoyed rigorous national food standards that were applied equally to both domestically produced and imported food. The capacity to maintain and apply these standards, however, is now being undermined by international trade agreements and procedures for settling trade disputes with a result that challenges to public health are being significantly increased.
The Indian connection
SINGAPORE’S High Commissioner to India is optimistic about a favourable outcome soon to negotiations for an economic cooperation agreement that is expected to open up substantial business opportunities for the two countries.
Singapore -Thailand see need to implement ASEAN free trade earlier
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his visiting Singapore counterpart Lee Hsian Loong have shared the same view that the planned ASEAN trade liberalization should be implemented and achieved earlier than originally set in 2020, according to Government Spokesman Chakraphob Penkair.
‘East Asia trade bloc would balance NAFTA and EU’
Beijing would like to see the emergence of an East Asian arrangement such as the European Union or the North America Free Trade Arrangement (NAFTA). Such an East Asian grouping would balance the world system, which is slowly being carved into blocs.
The Thai dairy sector under liberalised trade conditions
Special report by Rabobank - PDF file
Japan, Thailand edge toward free-trade deal, without rice
Trade negotiators from Japan and Thailand resumed free-trade talks Monday after Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra decided to withdraw rice from the negotiating table.
Free trade talks : Japanese protesters cry fowl
Chicken farmers from Japan have descended on Bangkok this week to lobby for the withdrawal of poultry products from free-trade talks, following the success of Japanese farmers in getting Thailand to drop rice.
Singapore Ceca hits a roadblock
The proposed Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement (Ceca) between India and Singapore has hit a bump. The Singapore government has made out a strong case for product-specific relaxation of the rules of origin (ROO) criteria for over 480 items.
New Zealand to Release Report on China Free-Trade Agreement
New Zealand and China will announce the results of a feasibility study into a free-trade agreement later this month, New Zealand’s Foreign Ministry said.
Free trade pact eyed to aid firms in Chile
Japan is considering a free trade agreement with Chile out of concern the Latin American country’s FTA agreements with other nations may put Japanese companies in the area at a disadvantage.
PM calls for more public participation in FTA deals
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today reiterated the importance of Thailand forging bilateral economic relations, while pledging to ensure greater public involvement in international trade liberalization deals.
From fumigation to “free trade”: US-Andean FTA chokes along
The USTR’s promises of increased foreign investment and market access are unlikely to materialize for the Andean countries, given the playing field at the moment.