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Seeking a free trade agreement
Costa Rica’s Minister for External Trade was in Israel this month to examine possibilities of expanding trade relations between his country and Israel.
EU trade deal could be inked by 2024
Negotiations for a long-lasting free trade deal between Australia and the European Union are on the eve of being finalised, with hopes an agreement will be ratified by 2024.
Iran eyes free trade with SCO member states
Head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization said that President Ebrahim Raisi has stressed the need for establishing Free Trade Agreements with members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Tough negotiations still lie ahead for Africa Continental Free Trade Area
Tough negotiations are happening behind the scenes between African governments to hammer out differences in their localisation and industrial protection policies in respect of the aims of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which seeks to liberalise trade between the countries.
India-UAE trade agreement becomes effective
A free trade agreement between India and the United Arab Emirates came into force on Sunday, allowing duty-free access to UAE markets for domestic exporters in various sectors, including textiles, agriculture, dried fruits, gems and jewellery.
Sri Lanka – India FTA to be revived; Intl Trade Office in Sri Lanka
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka – India Free Trade Agreement would be revived and upgraded into a comprehensive economic and technological partnership.
FTA negotiations top priority for Ayers in Cambodia
Australia’s assistant minister for trade Tim Ayres will attend the 45th meeting for ASEAN economic ministers, with main missions to progress a trade and investment relationship with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members.
Kenya seeks temporary trade deal with US before full-fledged pact
Kenya is hoping for a temporary trade partnership before establishing a fully-fledged trade deal with the United States, Citizen Digital news portal reported, citing outgoing Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina.
Kenya rattled as Britain rejects new EAC tariffs
The UK has demanded that Kenya abide by the provisions of the Economic Partnership Agreement and that its exports to Kenya be exempted from the newly raised East African Community tax charges.
Newly released text for modernized Energy Charter Treaty shows too many potential obstacles for climate action
The text of the agreement in principle to modernize the Energy Charter Treaty leaves unanswered too many crucial questions about the possibility of further fossil fuel carveouts and the exact timing of its entry into force.
What Kenya seeks to unlock in UAE pact
The two countries- (UAE and Kenya) in July launched talks on United Arab Emirates-Kenya Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (UAEK-CEPA) to increase the volume of trade in goods and services and investment.
Chinese firms skip over US tariffs by setting up shop in Mexico
Thanks to the country’s free-trade pact with the US and Canada, goods from Mexico can travel across the border duty-free, whereas one shipped to the US from China would be hit with a 25% tariff.
Mexico, US close VU Manufacturing complaint in fifth USMCA labor probe
Mexico and the United States have resolved the latest in a series of labor complaints under a regional trade pact, saying that workers at auto-parts plant VU Manufacturing in northern Mexico were able to elect the union of their choice.
EFTA and Thailand accelerate free trade talks
Thailand and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are ramping up efforts to reach a free trade agreement (FTA).
UAE economic delegation led by Ahmed Al Sayegh visits Georgia
Bilateral negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement are to begin by the end of September 2022.
Mexico-US energy tensions ease as focus shifts to shared opportunities
Energy sector tensions between the United States and Mexico have quieted in recent days as both sides work to change the narrative towards cooperation.
Imposing double standards: Why EFTA should not demand an UPOV clause in FTA with Thailand
As part of free trade negotiations with Thailand, EFTA will most likely demand clauses that oblige the Asian country to introduce strict plant variety protection regulations that are in line with UPOV 91
The not-so-hidden cost to “mega” energy deals : the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) in East Africa (in conversation with Olivia Costa and Brenda Akankunda)
The ECT Secretariat, whose survival depends on continuation of the treaty, continues to lobby these countries to take additional steps towards acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty.
Primary industry reps to visit India with hopes of trade deals}
Primary industry leaders will be among a trade delegation travelling to India to reignite business to business relationships.