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Indonesia to push for free trade pacts with South Korea, EEA
Indonesia will aggressively pursue talks on free trade agreements with countries such as South Korea and the three European Economic Area (EEA) nations, in its latest move to boost exports, a government official said on Monday.
Sri Lanka, Japan to link FTA this year
Sri Lanka and Japan plan to formulate and sign a Free Trade Agreement in 2015, the Sri Lanka-Japan Business Co-operation Committee has announced.
Brazil signs new bilateral investment treaties with Mozambique and Angola: new approach to BITs or “toothless lions”?
On 30 March 2015, Brazil and Mozambique entered into a treaty, which they call the Agreement for Cooperation and Investment Facilitation. On 1 April, Brazil and Angola entered into an agreement of the same nature.
Resisting the ‘free trade’ offensive: four reasons to join the global day of action this Saturday
This slew of trade deals can be seen as a global corporate offensive – indeed, they are backed by networks of think tanks and lobby groups funded and staffed by some of the world’s most powerful corporations. So to defeat them, we need to coordinate our own actions globally.
Harper and Modi announce a Canada-India ’free trade’ agreement by September
Efforts are being stepped up to conclude a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) by September, it was announced during Narendra Modi’s visit to Ottawa this week.
Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA
A bill to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for 10 years would give the US Trade Representative expanded authority to deal with countries considered non compliant, like South Africa.
Mexican Senate proposes FTA with Cuba
Mexico’s Senate has urged the Government to boost economic relations with Cuba, with a view to the possible signing of a free trade agreement (FTA).
[Malaysia] Govt still open to FTA with EU: Miti
The government is still open to having the Malaysia-EU Free Trade Agreement despite it being stalled currently.
Deal reached on fast-track authority for Obama on trade pact
The leaders of Congress’s tax-writing committees reached agreement Thursday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate an ambitious trade accord with 11 other Pacific nations
New generation free trade agreements: A threat to life and livelihoods
Multi-sectoral network calls on Philippine government to turn back from its FTA ambitions
Liberal allies of Obama: ‘Hell, no’ to TPP trade deal
Liberal lawmakers, labor leaders and environmental groups took their insurgency against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal to Congress on Wednesday, staging a protest against the secretive pact on the Capitol Hill lawn and spending the day lobbying lawmakers to derail fast-track authority for the deal.
Unions calling for halt on TPP trade
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is calling for the federal government to halt all negotiations on “the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal”, saying that the leaked proposals could see the price of medicines rise and foreign companies given rights to sue the Government.
Make the most of FTAs, Fonterra executive tells farmers
Australian farmers must work to understand the needs of Chinese consumers if they are to make the most of the free trade agreement signed with Beijing, an executive from New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra says.
EU Commission’s refusal to conduct a human rights impact assessment in the context of trade agreement negotiations constitutes maladministration, says EU Ombudsperson
The EU Ombudsperson has found that the European Commission’s failure to carry out a human rights impact assessment in the negotiations for a trade and investment agreement with Vietnam constitutes "maladministration".
The free trade treaty that destroyed Mexico
Mexico is the clearest example of the consequences treaties could have on the economic, political and financial life of a nation and its society.
El Salvador, Water is more precious than gold
The International Trade Union Confederation calls on the government of El Salvador to denounce all treaties establishing ISDS proceedings.
Will El Salvador be forced to pay $301 million for valuing clean water over gold?
The Central American state of El Salvador could be forced to pay US$301 million in damages to an Australian-Canadian mining company, OceanaGold, after the company’s application for a mining license was rejected on the basis of the projected environmental damage it would cause.
MEPs want health excluded from TTIP talks
MEPs want to exclude public health services, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the use of hormones in the bovine sector, chemical legislation REACH and its implementation, and cloning from the talks.
Japan to reduce Thai rice purchases under TPP
Japan plans to reduce rice purchases from Thailand and import more from the United States if a trans-Pacific trade pact led by the two countries goes through.
Barriers to SA markets a concern for US
The failure of the US and South Africa to achieve a free trade agreement in 2006 came to haunt them on Tuesday as their delegations gathered for consultations under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement signed in 1999.