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Taking liberties - new Christian Aid report
This bold new report from Christian Aid explodes the myth that free trade is the answer to poverty.
We denounce the Korea-Japan FTA
The governments of Korea and Japan have come together today, 350km away from Seoul, for their fifth negotiation to consolidate a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. Ever since the negotiations were initiated last December, many NGOs and people’s organizations have shown concern over the planned FTA.
United States, Pakistan Begin Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations
U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick and Pakistan Minister for Commerce Humayun Akhtar Khan announced today that their two countries would begin negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT).
South Asian economic cooperation
The three-day meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) sub-group on Investment and Arbitration beginning today in Kathmandu seeks to further the understanding among member states to set up an investment regime and adopt a dispute settlement mechanism in order to increase economic cooperation throughout the region.
Brazilian minister: no Mercosur-EU FTA before Oct. 31
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Monday that differences over agriculture and other issues had made it impossible for negotiations to be completed over a free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) by Oct. 31, the original target date.
Thai dairy farmers make U-turn on FTA plan
Key dairy farmers are making a U-turn in their FTA strategy and are now seeking financial, technical and marketing assistance from the big players Australia and New Zealand.
Simultaneous pursuit of trade pacts more desirable: S. Korean FM
Visiting South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon said on Friday it is "more desirable" to seek free trade agreements (FTAs) with many countries at the same time than to pursue bilateral agreements one at a time.
Leaders face challenge on trade threat to PBS
Twenty leading medical and legal experts, and seven peak health and community services organisations, will send today an open letter to John Howard and Mark Latham demanding changes to the free trade agreement with the US before the agreement is ratified in late October.
Malaysia, India hold talks on FTA
Malaysia is holding negotiations with India on establishing an ASEAN-India Free Trade Area (FTA), covering trade in goods, services and investment, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) CEO Datuk Merlyn Kasimir said today.
Japan-ASEAN: Step back to save deal, says researcher
Asean and Japan should take a step back from the thorniest issues under discussion in order to move forward toward a fruitful free trade area (FTA) agreement, according to a prominent researcher from the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
Ecuador: Fight with Occidental to hinder free trade agreement
Representatives of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and the Ecuadorian-US Chamber have asked the Ecuadorian government to not transform the non-fulfillments of the US petroleum company Occidental into a political issue while it is a legal problem.
Australian biotech industry sounds warning bells on FTA amendments
Australia’s Biotechnology Industry Organisation representing over 2,000 Members, is deeply concerned at the potential unintended consequences and the uncertainty created by the proposed FTA amendments.
U.S. Urges Dominican Over Corn Syrup Tax
A U.S. lawmaker urged the Dominican president Friday to veto a 25 percent import tax on corn syrup, warning it could bring an end to a free-trade agreement between the two countries.
’FTA offers more risks than gains’
The United States has used free-trade agreement (FTA) negotiations to flex its military and economic muscle but developing countries stand to gain little from such deals, a leading Malaysian economist said yesterday.
Pakistan team leaves for TIFA talks
The first meeting of the Pak-US Business Council established under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) signed by Pakistan and the United States of America will be held in Washington on September 28.
Sugar beet farmers frame presidential election with troublesome trade deal
Sugar beet farmers in a rural Minnesota district that turned out solidly for President Bush in 2000 are having second thoughts about his re-election now that the administration is supporting a trade agreement they see as a threat.
Suspend trade talks with China, says Cosatu
South Africa’s trade negotiations with China should be suspended until their effect on the local economy had been studied, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Friday.
Comesa Trade Improves
Trade among Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states increased by 15 per cent from US$4.5 billion in 2002 to $5.3 billion in 2003 while trade amongst Free Trade Area (FTA) member states rose from $2.1 billion in 2002 to $2.6 billion in 2003.
Preferences, conflicts in the way of free trade pact with EU
The European Union and Thailand are unlikely to forge a free trade agreement (FTA) because the grouping is currently focusing on its 10 new members, business pundits said yesterday.
US-Central Asia TIFA (2004)