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Iran, Malaysia discuss preferential trade agreement
The third round of talks for signing a preferential trade agreement between Iran and Malaysia was held through video conference, an official with Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) announced.
S. Korea seeks to launch formal FTA talks with Uzbekistan by year-end
Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said that South Korea seeks to launch formal negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement with Uzbekistan by the end of this year. The minister unveiled the plan during a meeting with economy-related ministers in Seoul.
Pakistan fishermen to protest arrival of China trawlers
Pakistan fishermen in two provinces said they will protest the arrival of 20 Chinese deep-sea trawlers given licences to fish in their waters.
The path forward for Asean
Now most countries, particularly those in Southeast Asia, are not only facing the economic and social repercussions of a protracted outbreak but also witnessing emerging trends that will permanently change the way we live and do business.
COVID-19 and the risk of foreign investor challenges
Tensions are likely to surface between the public-policy directions of governments managing a challenging economic climate and foreign investors’ private interests.
Sovereign rights to natural resources as a basis for denouncing international adjudication of investment disputes: A reflection on the Tanzanian approach
Tanzania’s reforms show that the claim that African states should regard ISDS mechanism as the preferred method for resolving investment disputes is not only very contested, but that there are legitimate grounds for those contestations.
EU agrees to cut taxes on US lobsters in modest trade pact
The EU agreed to drop its 8% tariff on US lobsters while the US agreed to cut in half tariffs on EU imports, including some prepared meals, crystal glassware and cigarette lighters.
Mukhisa says planned Kenya-US trade deal unfavourable
The Donald Trump’s administration is seeking abolition of import duty on agricultural exports to Kenya.
British farmers will be trampled in the rush for free trade deals
Farmers were once part of the Tories’ national identity, but this government’s Brexit strategy will ruin many
Japan, Britain reach post-Brexit trade deal in 3 months
Japan and Britain agreed in principle on a post-Brexit free trade deal after three months of talks, ensuring the continuity of close business relations following the end of London’s transition period for exiting the EU.
Azmin: Malaysia to address sensitive issues before deciding on CPTPP ratification
Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is engaging with stakeholders to get feedback on sensitive issues such as government procurement before deciding on the ratification of the CPTPP.
The red carpet investments in the middle of a pandemic result in crisis of people’s sovereignty
Indonesian CSOs assesses the national economic recovery strategy by strengthening policies economic liberalization focusing only on investment and exports will only be increasingly open space for corporate monopoly on economic resources.
Between free trade and local markets: Thailand’s attempt to enter CPTPP negotiations meets opposition again
In this time of Covid-19, free trade negotiations have not subsided, and are even increasing. In Thailand the government is trying again to join the CPTPP.
Economic diplomacy: Borders, barriers and obstacles
The big reshoring question is still about how much foreign investment will shift from China due to a combination of rising production costs and more fractious diplomatic relationships.
Pelosi says UK can forget US trade deal if Irish pact broken
If the UK undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress, Pelosi, the nation’s top elected Democrat, said.
Mercosur agreement a “direct contradiction” to European Green Deal
The proposed EU-Mercosur trade agreement is a “direct contradiction” to the goals of the European Green Deal, according to a new study.
Poll: Vast majority of Europeans opposed to EU-Mercosur trade deal
Consumer group SumOfUs urges the EU to call off its free trade agreement with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in the face of Amazon rainforest fires.
UK starts talks with all TPP members to discuss joining pact
London is trying to strengthen trade ties with Asia after Brexit.
Algeria backtracks on its free trade deal with the EU
Algeria has asked the EU to put on hold a free trade agreement that was due to be signed this year as it drags its feet on customs reforms, an EU official said.
EU nations breaking rules in bilateral trade deals with China
Fifteen EU member states have breached bloc-wide rules in agreeing bilateral commercial deals with China as part of Beijing’s ambitious belt and road initiative.