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Korea: Employers Concerned About FTA With Japan
The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) on Friday proposed that the government take a cautious approach to the ongoing Korea-Japan free trade agreement (FTA) talks, demanding a delay of in the schedule for cutting tariffs on Japanese imports.
SAFTA Is On Track, But FTA...?
When the seven SAARC members signed the free trade agreement (SAFTA) in January 2004, there was some scepticism regarding its progress and implementation, given that SAARC itself had been mired under inter-state tensions.
Operation enduring free trade: War, the Middle East and Bush’s bilateral free trade and investment crusade
While US forces bombed, murdered and maimed their way to "freedom" and "democracy" in Falluja and across Iraq, George Bush reiterated his vision for the Middle East to the US public on April 13th, 2004
US and Malaysia sign TIFA
The United States and Malaysia have signed an agreement to set up a special forum to address trade issues, Washington’s fifth such pact with export-driven Southeast Asian nations.
US and Colombia to Begin FTA Negotiations on 18 May 2004
Following meetings between President Bush and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, the United States and Colombia announced today that free trade negotiations between the two countries, and possibly other Andean countries, will begin May 18-19. U.S.
PICTA, PACER and EPAs: Where are we going?
It has been a relatively easy matter for Pacific Islands Country (PIC) governments to sign regional trade agreements such as PICTA (Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement - excluding Australia and New Zealand) and PACER (Pacific Agreement for Closer Economic Relations - including Australia and NZ.)
US pushes for all-embracing free trade pact with Thailand
US business groups pushed for a comprehensive free trade agreement with Thailand, including quota-free sugar imports opposed by American farmers and a Thai guarantee to weed out corruption.
Cabinet urged to approve FTA talks with US
The Commerce Ministry will seek Cabinet approval tomorrow to kick off formal talks with the United States on striking a comprehensive pact on bilateral free trade.
FTA teams to take cautious approach
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has decided not to rush into free trade agreements (FTAs) due to the rise of strong opposition, a trade negotiator said yesterday.
Free trade worries at Nadi meeting
Nadi - There has not been enough public discussion on the creation of a Pacific free trade area, Fiji interest groups said yesterday. The issue was led by Stanley Simpson, of the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG).
FTA talks with US to start in June
Washington has made another step toward the Thai-US free trade area by convincing its Bangkok counterparts that the first round of negotiations can start in the next three months.
Accords need House approval
Prime Minister Thaksin says he can "differentiate between Hell and Heaven." That is well and good, but I don’t think he can apply his personal thinking to matters concerning the best interests of the country and the public at large.
Moroccans unsettled by free-trade deal with US
The debate over the bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) signed March 2 between Morocco and the US took the Moroccan national scene by storm. Never did the choice of a foreign commercial policy generate such a controversial reaction in the Moroccan public opinion.
Laissez Unfaire
At the risk of destroying local industry, India has to tread the free trade pact route.
China, Chile to launch FTA feasibility study
Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu and Chilean Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear declared Friday that their countries will soon launch a feasibility study on a free trade agreement (FTA) between them.
South Korea Passes Chile Free Trade Pact
South Korea’s parliament braved the wrath of a powerful farm lobby on Monday to pass a free trade agreement with Chile, the Asian trading powerhouse’s first bilateral market-opening deal.
Reassess free trade agreements
Recent experience with the implementation the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Free Trade Area Agreement effectively illustrates how Pacific leaders sign regional and international agreements without adequate consultation and assessment at national and local level.
Proposal with the US to be highlighted
The government will spend 10 million baht this year on advertisements to inform the public about the benefits of free trade area (FTA) agreements, in particular the one proposed between Thailand and the United States.
Can We Do A Deal With China?
Dairy, meat and forestry exporters stand to gain the most if the government cuts a free trade deal with China and its market of 1.3 billion people.
MierScope: FTA with the US makes good sense
A US-Malaysia FTA will demand strong obligations from Malaysia. It will push us towards greater liberalisation. Complain as we may that such an FTA will be an instrument of economic imperialism, it will not be pragmatic to deny it.