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GCC leaders to meet with President Obama
Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be meeting with President Barack Obama this week at the White House and at Camp David. The six member nations of the GCC include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.
US rejects EU calls for global investment court
The United States has rejected a European Union proposal to establish a global investment court aimed at resolving disputes arising from a massive free trade treaty with the US.
The burden of Taiwan’s stalled trade deal with China
Like its Asian neighbors, Taiwan has been struggling with moribund exports as China’s economic growth slows and a pickup in the U.S. loses some steam.
A major AIDS research groups says the TPP will make it harder to fight AIDS
A new report from the prominent AIDS research group amfAR says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hamper the global fight against AIDS (and other diseases) in a way that would ultimately cost lives.
Could massive EU-US trade deal be extended to Israel?
The idea that Israel would be eligible to join TTIP is being mulled over by the cognoscenti in both Brussels and Washington, reports David Cronin.
Crunch time for TPPA talks
Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement have to be concluded in the next few weeks, or it will be suspended. But there are still many unsettled issues.
RI to resume free trade talks with EU next month
The Indonesian government is to restart long-delayed negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) with the European Union on 15 June.
Namibia, EU ready to sign EPA
The European Union and Namibia have wrapped up negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and are expected to sign the agreement later this year as the EU builds on its involvement with Namibia.
US-Armenian trade deal signed
The United States and Armenia have signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), generally seen as a precursor to a full fledged FTA.
Egypt: Collateral costs of investment
Foreign investment is crucial for reviving Egypt’s economy, but a new report reveals it can come at a considerable cost, writes Stefan Weichert
Europe, Mexico to seek new trade pact to deepen North American ties
The European Union and Mexico will launch negotiations towards a new free-trade agreement later this year, as Europe seeks to tie its economy closer to North America following a deal with Canada and efforts to sign an accord with the United States.
EU-Mexico free trade agreement to be upgraded
The European Union and Mexico announced the joint intention to upgrade the EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement.
Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo to hold new round of trilateral FTA talks
South Korea, China and Japan are set to resume a new round of negotiations this week aimed at forging a trilateral free-trade agreement.
COMESA, ZRA launch virtual trade facilitation system
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) have launched the COMESA virtual trade facilitation system (CVTFS) aimed at tracking the movement of cargo to curb illicit trade.
No TTIP deal with ISDS, warns parliament
MEPs have threatened to block TTIP if ISDS is included, despite revised plans presented to them by European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
Certification will give US excessive leverage in the TPPA
The Malaysian government must scrap certification from the TPPA as it allows the US president to unilaterally amend FTAs for US interests, says Charles Santiago
China ’willing’ to seek EU investment treaty
"China is willing to push forward talks for a bilateral investment treaty" with the EU, Premier Li Keqiang said, adding that it would include a "negative list" of areas off-limits to European investors.
MEPs unimpressed with Commission’s ISDS proposal
European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström tried to convince MEPs that there are ways to keep the Investment-State Dispute Settlement in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership deal. But unimpressed lawmakers failed to greet it as a full-fledged reform.
Cartoon: Trans-Pacific speculation
The TPP is a bad deal for everyone who isn’t a multinational corporate person, writes cartoonist Brian McFadden.
South Africa’s revocation of its bilateral investment treaties – analysis
From an international policy point of view, South Africa’s denunciation of BITs is reasonable. It may even be seen as a refreshing retreat from a legal quagmire. But the domestic reality requires wider consideration.