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Free trade agreements ’preferential’ and dangerous, says Productivity Commission
The Productivity Commission has launched a scathing attack on Australia’s latest series of free trade agreements, saying they grant legal rights to foreign investors not available to Australians, expose the government to potentially large unfunded liabilities and add extra costs on businesses attempting to comply with them.
Free trade agreement: Voters oppose China-Australia deal after hearing controversial elements: poll
Voters in marginal seats across four states strongly oppose key aspects of Australia’s free trade agreement (FTA) with China, according to an opinion poll.
Senate gets closer to approving Obama’s Pacific trade deal
President Barack Obama’s Pacific Rim trade pact moved closer to a final US Congress vote, with lawmakers agreeing on Tuesday to limit debate on legislation that would grant Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress.
Malmström predicts Canadian-EU trade deal by July
EU trade chief Cecilia Malmström said Tuesday the bloc’s pending trade pact with Canada could be done by the end of July, but acknowledged the more controversial EU-US agreement will get pushed to next year.
The EU needs to stop dangerous trade deals
As the EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement vote was postponed in the European Parliament on June 10th, the European Union is on the precipice of a major decision.
China to put first its investment treaty with US and other agencies
Talks on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) will be high on the agenda during the upcoming annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) between China and the United States in Washington, D.C. and the two sides could seize the opportunity to finalize the deal before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017, U.S. experts said.
Pacific trade pact returns to Senate for second test
US President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade pact faces another test in the Senate on Tuesday as legislation needed to close the deal returns for a second run through the chamber.
NZ seeks better deal with China
The Government is looking to China to renegotiate its free trade agreement with New Zealand after China signed a more generous agreement with Australia.
TUC General Secretary calls time on ‘zombie trade deals’
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, will call time on ‘zombie trade deals’, when she addresses the European Commission Trade Policy Day in Brussels today (Tuesday).
Stalled Indonesia-Australia trade talks may restart after spats
Australia is seeking to restart trade talks with Indonesia, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said, after a series of diplomatic spats left the negotiations in limbo.
TPP dairy deal ’not at a level we would currently like’: Key
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact does not yet include an acceptable deal on access for New Zealand’s most important exports, dairy products, with little more than a month to go before the controversial 12 nation trade deal could be concluded.
Dim prospects for TTIP talks under Luxembourg EU presidency
The chances for a conclusion to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) this year are poor, Luxembourg‘s foreign minister said in an interview with a German newspaper published Monday.
Pressure intensifies on India over software and pharma patent protection in key Asian trade negotiations
Recently leaked documents show that India’s policies on software and pharmaceutical patents are firmly on the RCEP agenda.
Six tough questions about the China trade deal
Gus Van Harten, author of ’Sold Down the Yangtze,’ breaks down the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement’s impacts.
Zimbabwe: Govt signs 54 trade pacts
Government has signed 54 Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements (BIPPA) that are now at various stages of completion as it moves towards injecting more pace in the country’s economic growth, a Cabinet minister has said.
Govt contemplates keeping gold jewellery out of all FTAs through re-negotiations
The move is expected to act as a damage control after gold jewellery from third countries under the India-Thailand FTA and the India-ASEAN FTA has flooded the Indian markets
Ukraine, Canada to speed up FTA talks
Poroshenko and Harper have agreed to speed up talks concerning the formation of a free trade area between Ukraine and Canada.
Working through night on India FTA: Hockey
Australia is putting pressure on India to sign up to free trade agreement as good as the one finalised with China last week, says Treasurer Joe Hockey
Spanish FM calls for speeding up EU-Mercosur trade talks
The European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc need to accelerate negotiations on a trade accord, even if it means going into distinct individual velocities with the Mercosur members, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said on Thursday.
Half-baked China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is lopsided
Remarkably, the Australian government has given Chinese companies a general right to buy resources and other assets in Australia – so-called market access – without getting the same right for Australian companies in China.