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Ncell backed by international tribunal in Nepal tax row
The ICSID has issued an interim order preventing Nepal’s government from collecting capital gains tax on Axiata’s acquisition of Ncell.
Boris Johnson to tell EU he wants a quick free trade deal
Johnson isn’t interested in aligning to EU rules but an agreement on this schedule may require compromises.
Japan pledges support for Thailand joining Pacific trade pact
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi promised on Tuesday to help Thailand join a trans-Pacific free trade agreement at an early date.
Sell more to China
The China Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA-II) has immediately abolished tariffs for Pakistan on 313 products, while a total of 75% of the tariff lines will be liberalised over the next decade.
Japan trade deal failed to benefit PHL machinery
The Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) negatively impacted machinery and mechanical exports even as it benefited Philippine exports overall, according to a study from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies.
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership spells danger for 1.1 billion women
Australia has yet to show any serious interest in recognising the potential negative impacts of trade policies on gender or take steps to systematically assess these. A gender equitable trade policy is possible. But it would look nothing like the RCEP.
RoK seeks stronger ties with ASEAN to accelerate RCEP
The Republic of Korea (RoK) will spare no efforts to help conclude the RCEP by the end of this year by forging deeper ties with the ASEAN, as the country strives to revitalise its ailing exports
India faces a year of tough trade negotiations
After walking out of negotiations on the 16-nation RCEP free trade agreement, the government said it would renegotiate its existing FTA and redouble its efforts to conclude other trade negotiations.
Protectionism, after all: China, Korea, Japan use non-tariff barriers to impede imports
Countries like China, South Korea and Japan may boast of low tariffs but they have erected huge non-tariff barriers (NTBs), most of which are tailored to mask the ferocity of trade protectionism, in a bid to control the imports they deem undesirable.
India’s withdrawal from RCEP a breather on many fronts
India’s decision to pull out of RCEP means its policy on access to inexpensive drugs will not be under pressure.
First blow for post-Brexit Britain as Australia rejects trade deal
Australia turned down the UK’s appeal for freedom of movement between the two countries.
Japan aims to start EPA talks with UK
Tokyo wants to abolish tariffs on cars, which account for the largest amount of its exports to the UK.
China’s new policy on foreign investment and the security of intellectual property
Proper mandatory licenses will be exempt from claims for expropriation under the China BIT model.
2nd phase of CPEC starts with establishment of SEZs in various parts of country
The second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative has started with the establishment of special economic zones in various parts of the country.
Trade war: China to travel to US on January 13 to sign phase one deal
China’s trade delegation tentatively plans to travel to Washington for four days from January 13 for the signing of the phase one deal.
Israel-Panama free trade agreement enters into force
A free trade agreement between Israel and Panama entered into force on January 1, granting preferential market access for goods and aiming to eliminate trade barriers between the countries.
EU crisis: Austria rejects major trade deal in huge blow for Brussels
Austria has thrown the European Union’s decades-long Mercosur trade talks into disarray after the country’s new government will not support the pact in its current form.
USTR’s ag negotiator shares more on trade deal with China
The agreement will not only increase Chinese purchases of US agricultural products but pave the way for long-term structural reforms.
What the amendments to the USMCA mean for Canadian IP law
Many requirements of the original USMCA have already been met by recent changes in Canadian IP legislation, but more amendments will be required to implement the USMCA.