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Despite impact of virus, Pak-China trade to improve in second half
Pakistan’s Ambassador to China discussed some major developments and plans between the two countries, which included joint cooperation to combat locust plague, effect of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement and establishment of a meat cold chain.
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Data exclusivity and access to biologics
The agreement does not promise that the suspended provision on test data rule concerning biological medicines will remain suspended.
Zimbabwe’s white farmers angered by ‘racist’ edict
The group, representing nearly 4,500 dispossessed commercial farmers, said the new regulations only affect ‘’indigenous’’ farmers and foreigners protected by Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs).
Miner South32 files request for arbitration in Colombia royalty dispute
Mining company South32 has filed a request for arbitration at the World Bank over a dispute with Colombia concerning royalty payments from its majority-owned Cerro Matoso ferronickel mine:
Support for Kingdom in Russia FTA
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said Russian Ambassador to Cambodia Dmitry Tsvetkov has pledged to support Cambodia as it moves towards a free trade agreement (FTA) with the federation.
Could COVID-19 emergency measures give rise to investment claims? First reflections from Italy
Emergency measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the economy could lead to claims under bilateral investment treaties.
African Continental Free Trade Area to suffer setback - Mashakada
Economist Tapiwa Mashakada has said the African Continental Free Trade Area is going to suffer a serious setback as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hong Kong-ASEAN free trade agreement, investment agreement to take effect for Philippines in May
On trade in goods under the FTA, the Philippines will progressively eliminate and reduce customs duties on goods originating from Hong Kong. On trade in services, Hong Kong service providers will enjoy better business opportunities.
Boris Johnson told to forget trade deal with EU unless he imposes Irish Sea customs checks
Boris Johnson was warned he risks scuppering a trade deal with Brussels if he refuses to implement customs checks in the Irish Sea.
US senators urge coronavirus delay to June 1 USMCA trade deal start date
A bipartisan group of 19 US senators urged the Trump administration to push back the planned June 1 start date for the new US-Mexico-Canada trade pact.
Coronavirus: India urges FTA partners to temporarily allow imports without certificate of origin
India has urged the countries, with which it has FTAs, to allow imports of goods without certificate of origin are currently not issuing the document on account of lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
EU-Vietnam: Council gives final green light to free trade agreement
The Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of a free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam. This decision clears the path, on the EU side, for the entry into force of the agreement.
Brexit: EU-UK meeting to go ahead via video link
A post-Brexit meeting between the EU and UK will go ahead as planned next week, despite the coronavirus crisis.
Indonesia risks timber trade with EU after scrapping license rules
The European Union is seeking an explanation for Indonesia’s decision to scrap a highly regarded timber legality verification system, which the bloc uses to ensure it imports only sustainably sourced wood products.
In a new ICSID award, Spain’s reforms of the renewable energy sector are found not to violate the ECT
The claimants initiated ICSID arbitration against Spain, claiming breaches of the Energy Charter Treaty, including the fair and equitable treatment, umbrella and non-impairment clauses.
Guatemalan water protectors persist, despite mining company threats
The hard work of protecting water and land from the long-term harms associated with gold and silver mining takes place daily on the frontlines of tenacious struggles throughout Latin America and around the world.
S. Korea, Uzbekistan discuss launching joint study on bilateral FTA
South Korea held a video conference with Uzbekistan to exchange details on their push to launch a joint study on forging a bilateral free trade agreement.
Hungary held liable for expropriating the investment of a British investor and ordered to pay EUR 7 million in compensation for damages
Magyar and Inicia filed for arbitration against Hungary claiming expropriation of their leasehold rights to the land, following an agricultural sector reform to promote family farms over farming companies.
S. Korea, Uzbekistan discuss launching joint study on bilateral FTA
South Korea held a video conference with Uzbekistan to exchange details on their push to launch a joint study on forging a bilateral free trade agreement.
COVID-19 risks stalling the Indonesia-Australia Economic Partnership
It’s been a year since the signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA); the global pandemic could delay the next critical steps.