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EU, Mercosur accelerate trade deal against backdrop of Sino-American tussle
For more than two decades, the European Union and Mercosur laboriously negotiated a trade deal they agreed but never signed. Now, both sides want to finalise it to create a necessary partnership amid the global dispute between the United States and China.
India, EU set up new working groups for better cooperation
India and the EU have set three working groups under the India-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC). The TTC will deepen strategic engagement on trade and technology between the two partners.
Kenya eyes more regional trade after pact with two blocs kicks off in March
Kenya could soon start exporting its goods outside the East African Community (EAC) market with the implementation of a tripartite agreement that is expected to be implemented in March this year.
Azerbaijan ready to sign PTA: envoy
Azerbaijan wants to increase economic relations with Pakistan by signing a preferential trade agreement, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Khazar Farhadov said.
Why a China-GCC free trade agreement might be a game changer
It would open up opportunities in sectors such as renewables, technology, manufacturing and tourism, analysts say.
Cambodia aims at more FTAs to boost economic growth
The government is considering the establishment of more bilateral free trade agreements to access broader markets for Cambodia-made products.
AFTINET submission to the review of ISDS in the Australia-NZ-ASEAN free trade agreement
The AFTINET submission provides evidence of the harmful use of ISDS over the last decade against public regulation on health, indigenous rights, the environment and most recently against policies to reduce carbon emissions.
CAM-UAE CEPA all set to be finalised in Dubai
The inter-ministerial negotiation teams for the Cambodia-United Arab Emirates Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement are expected to finalise the free trade pact during the third round of the bilateral negotiation to be held this month in Dubai
Senate to resume RCEP deliberations
Farmer groups maintain their opposition against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (RCEP) as Senate resumes its deliberations Tuesday, Feb. 7, on the country’s participation in the mega trade deal.
FTAs cause major Indonesia’s exports to be overdrown, according to Indonesia business group’s research
The Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) revealed that Indonesia’s export growth to partner countries has actually been slower after joining the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which began in the early 2000s.
How do UK trade agreements measure up on human rights?
There is an urgent need for coherence. The UK should set out clearly in a trade strategy how its trade policy will support human rights, labour rights and the climate, including how each trade agreement will meet the four tests laid out here.
Not just about trade
The FTA aims to increase trade in products known for their harmful impact on people and forests, which is incompatible with the transition to a just and green economy.
Mercosur states seeking ‘revised agreement’ with EU, says Cafiero
Foreign minister says ‘assymetries’ in deal must be resolved; Top EU officials pinpoint July summit in Brussels as potential completion date.
Ukraine counts on adoption of priority action plan for enhanced implementation of FTA with EU in 2023-2024 – Shmyhal
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has said that Ukraine counts on the adoption of a priority action plan for the enhanced implementation of a free trade area agreement between Ukraine and the European Union for 2023-2024.
How Biden can end secretive corporate tribunals
The president has promised not to put anti-democratic investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms in future trade deals. But they are still in many existing ones.
Croatia to pay $256 million arbitration award to MOL - minister
Croatia will pay $255.7 million to Hungarian oil and gas company MOL under a ruling in an arbitration case at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
French MEPs concerned over EU-Mercosur deal amid regional push
The EU-Mercosur deal is edging closer to implementation, with the region’s leaders, including Brazil’s freshly elected President Lula, pushing for swift ratification. However, French EU lawmakers reiterated concerns over environmental standards.
African unions demand strong labour provisions in AfCFTA
Unions want labour provisions to be included in the next phases of negotiations of the African Continental Free Trade Areas (AfCFTA).
China-Gulf states free trade pact high on agenda
Foreign Minister Qin Gang called for a China-Gulf free trade zone to be established as soon as possible in a telephone conversation with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
US filing another dairy dispute with Canada under USMCA trade deal
The United States is filing another formal dispute over what it considers Canada’s failure to live up to its trade obligations to American dairy farmers and producers.