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Australian trade minister: FTA with GCC ‘possible within months’
Australia and the GCC countries may only be a few months away from signing a landmark Free Trade Agreement deal “if a decision is made quickly,” Australia Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb says.
The Transpacific Partnership will impact sovereign control over health policies
A text that Peru and 11 other countries (including the US) are negotiating in secret, seeks to expand drug patents for more than 20 years thus generating millions of overheads for our health system and making it even more difficult to obtain biological medicines against cancer.
India, EU to discuss FTA on April 13 in Hannover
After a hiatus of over two years, India and the European Union will be discussing the proposed Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) on April 13.
Free trade and Mexico’s junk food epidemic
Food companies are infiltrating, inundating and taking over traditional food distribution channels and replacing local foods with cheap, processed junk foods. Free trade and investment agreements have been critical to their success.
Don’t sign agreements that erode workers’ rights
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is most concerned about the serious implications of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses and provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other such agreements and treaties that Malaysia signs.
AFL-CIO and Canadian Labour Congress joint statement on promoting trade deals that work for people over profits
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) call for an end to ISDS in all pending trade and investment agreements.
Iran pitches free trade deal with India
Expecting the removal of trade sanctions imposed on it by western nations, Iran has proposed a free trade agreement with India to boost bilateral trade and investment.
Regulatory cooperation: how an EU-US trade deal risks creating a labyrinth of red tape
Here are 10 reasons why the current European Commission proposal for regulatory cooperation poses serious risks to legislation and decision making in the public interest and is another reason why TTIP should be stopped.
Global Day of Action
Resistance and change in the international law on foreign investment
The treaty-based system of investment protection has become tenuous, and change has become inevitable. Emphasising the changes resulting from resistance to a system based on neoliberal foundations, this study looks at recent developments in the area.
TPP is a mistake
In many respects TPP appears essentially to be coming down to a US-Japan bilateral trade treaty that might complement the US-Japan security treaty, writes Jean-Pierre Lehmann.
China offers enhanced access for agri produce
Beijing and Islamabad are negotiating their FTA afresh following reservations from Pakistani industry that the previous agreement was unbalanced towards China.
Chevron’s secret videos show company technicians finding and mocking extensive oil contamination in Ecuador rainforest
An apparent Chevron whistleblower has sent Amazon Watch dozens of internal company videos showing Chevron employees and consultants manipulating evidence linked to the oil giant’s extensive contamination - and legal dispute - in Ecuador.
TTIP: The newborn in the neoliberal saga
Since the mid 1990s, some relevant economic actors have been trying to contribute to the evolution of a massive free trade zone linking the US and Europe, two of the richest regions in the world.
Regulatory cooperation in TTIP: united in deregulation
Another aspect of the transatlantic trade and investment treaty (TTIP) talks is threatening to the public interest: "regulatory cooperation".
JPEPA: Keep existing fiscal perks, Japan firms urge gov’t
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines will appeal to the government anew to retain the existing fiscal incentive regime in an upcoming meeting under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (Jpepa).
US Defense Secretary urges approval of TPP
US defense chief calls TPP one of the most important parts of the US re-balancing toward Asia-Pacific, including its military relationships.
Israeli envoy pitches for FTA with India
Israel’s Ambassador to India has been pushing for the signing of a free trade agreement between the two countries, adding that he is "not immensely optimistic that this will happen very soon."
Philippines not to seek to join TPP: trade chief
The Philippines will not participate in the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under its current government, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported earlier this week, citing the Philippine trade chief.
Draft bilateral investment pact keeps tax disputes, contracts out of arbitration
The finance ministry has drafted a fresh bilateral investment protection treaty that would keep taxation measures and issuance of compulsory licences for intellectual property rights out of the sphere of arbitration while preventing foreign investors to drag India to arbitration for any dispute that has already been settled by the courts.