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Brunei becomes sixth country to ratify RCEP
Brunei has ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the world’s largest free trade agreement, almost one year after signing the 15-nation pact.
Taiwan asks Australia to support regional trade bid
A Taiwan official has asked Australia to support its bid to join the CPTPP pan-Pacific trade pact, which China opposes, saying Taiwan can boost high technology trade flows and demand for Australian minerals.
India agrees to provide USD 200 million line of credit to support development projects in Kyrgyzstan
Indian External Affairs Minister said that one area that needs a concerted push from both sides is bilateral trade and investments.
Piyush Goyal pushes for stronger trade ties at G20 ministerial meet
India is trying to ink FTAs with Australia, UK, EU, and UAE. India will take forward the FTA talks with Canada and accelerate existing FTA review with South Korea.
India looks to sign FTA with Oman
India is looking to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Oman along with a number of other countries, the country’s Commerce and Industry minister said.
Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry’s dirty war for the African market
In pursuit of growth in Africa, British American Tobacco and others use intimidatory tactics to attempt to suppress health warnings and regulation, including accusing governments of breaching trade agreements.
Transnational corporations and free trade in Mexico
This report examines how, over the last 30 years, Mexico has become one of the main industrial paradises on the planet.
Tsai calls Taiwan indispensable partner to EU, appeals for BIA
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has called on the European Union (EU) to establish a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with Taiwan because of the role it can play as a democratic and economic partner.
UK, Gulf nations negotiate free trade deal
Britain wants comprehensive agreement that breaks down trade barriers
US, China hold trade talks, with tariff removal among the agendas
They reviewed the implementation of the phase one deal and agreed that the two sides would "consult on certain outstanding issues," the USTR office said.
EU postpones long-planned trade talks with Australia over submarine row
A long-planned round of Australia-EU free trade talks have been postponed, a European official confirmed, after fury over Canberra’s decision to cancel a major French submarine contract.
Rwanda, Mozambique ink trade, investment pact
Rwanda and Mozambique have signed an agreement that will boost their economic development through trade and investment activities.
Ecuador eyes trade deals with China, Russia in bid for investment
Ecuador is aiming to negotiate trade deals with China, Russia and South Korea in the next four years, the Andean nation’s Production and International Trade Minister said, adding that closing a deal with the United States is a priority.
Japan Chamber of Commerce supports Taiwan’s CPTPP bid
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Taipei (JCCIT) supported Taiwan’s bid to join the CPTPP trade group, but it also wanted it to end an import ban on food from areas affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
India calls ASEAN for removal of Non-Tariff Barriers
Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, has called upon the ASEAN bloc to do away with Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs).
China Watch|Why Beijing’s bid to join TPP trade pact was a major miscalculation
If Taiwan becomes a member first, China will find itself in the miserable position of having to beg for Taiwan’s consent to join the TPP.
Countries race to join CPTPP
Chinese Taipei is the latest of three countries seeking to join the CPTPP – the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership.
Algeria-Morocco rift another blow to Africa’s free trade aspirations
Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra’s announcement on 24 August of a new break in diplomatic relations with Morocco is another setback for free trade and free movement on the continent.
Tunisia holds off a ‘deep’ free trade agreement with the EU
The 1995 Tunisia-EU agreement removed tariffs on most industrial products, but the new agreement goes a step further and would open up the agricultural and services sectors, as well as public procurement of goods and services, to full and free competition.
EU court annuls Morocco trade agreement over Western Sahara
The EU Court ruled the North African country did not have the consent of the people of the Western Sahara required for the now-canceled fisheries and agricultural treaties.