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APEC meet urges FTA
Finance Ministers from the 21 members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) explored a wide free trade agreement on Thursday at a conference in Chile.
NZ-Malaysia to look at possible trade deal
New Zealand and Malaysia have agreed to undertake scoping studies on a possible free trade deal, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said yesterday.
Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN agree to FTA talks next year
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and New Zealand agreed on Sunday to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement next year, Australia’s Trade Minister Mark Vaile said.
FTA Protocol Likely With Thailand
India and Thailand will sign on Monday, a protocol to pave the way for establishing a free trade area between the two nations by 2010.
USA : FTA opens the exports ’door’ to Chile
The US and Chile set up the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries early this year. This has opened a flood of opportunity for both the countries and more so for US to export clothing, textiles, telecommunication goods etc.
Mongolia Seeks US Free-Trade Pact To Protect Textile Pdts
Mongolia is seeking to protect its textile industry from the expiry of U.S. quotas at the end of 2004 by inking a free-trade deal with the U.S., a Mongolian official said Thursday.
Megawati urges SE Asia to embrace FTA
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has urged ASEAN to move ahead in forging free-trade agreements with non-members, including Australia.
Thai-Japan FTA: Talks stall over vehicles, parts
Free-trade talks with the Japanese have stalled after Tokyo complained about Thailand’s reluctance to open its markets to Japanese cars, car parts and metals.
Japan, Mexico near FTA
Japan and Mexico have completed final details of their bilateral free trade agreement, paving the way for its implementation as early as next April, a senior Japanese government official said.
ANALYSIS: Japan, Asia face bumpy road toward free trade
Japan, keen not to lose ground to China, is stepping up its pursuit of regional and bilateral free trade pacts, but the path to success will be bumpy and some experts question how committed Tokyo really is.
Kerry would shift US trade focus towards WTO
Democrat John Kerry probably would put more time and energy into world trade talks and enforcing existing agreements than pursuing bilateral deals like the Bush administration has, a campaign adviser said.
RP vows to fasttrack tariff cuts under Asean-China FTA
The Philippines will accelerate the timetable for its tariff reduction program involving certain agricultural products under the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China Free Trade Area (AFTA) Agreement.
China, Austria sign economic cooperation agreement
A cooperation agreement between the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and the Austria Federal Economic Chamber was signed Wednesday in Vienna to further enhance bilateral trade activities between the two countries.
Comesa plan hits a snag
The drive for a Comesa Customs Union (CU) has suffered a major setback following sharp differences among member states on the proposed common external tariffs.
Govt assures all help to auto sector to face FTAs, RTAs
Assuring all help to the auto component industry in dealing with free trade agreements (FTAs) and regional trade agreements (RTAs), the Government on Wednesday said formalities for setting up an R&D centre for the industry would be completed soon.
FTA Attraction
Given the apparently easy way in which FTA rules can be bent and misinterpreted, wouldn’t it be better to dispense with them altogether? Moreover, now that the Doha Round of the WTO has been given another lease of life, why not simply wait for global, multilateral tariff reduction?
COSATU wants bilateral trade moratorium
The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday called for a moratorium on all South Africa’s current bilateral trade agreements, and renewed its plea to the government to consistently pursue economic and trade policies that prioritise job retention and creation.
Commerce Minister upbeat on Korea-Japan FTA
Commerce-Industry-Energy Minister Lee Hee-beom on Tuesday expressed the Korean government’s strong desire to complete the Korea-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA).