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Hungary’s EU presidency to back ‘quick’ FTA talks with PH: FM
Hungary, as the incoming president of the Council of the European Union, will push for the early conclusion of the bloc’s free trade agreement talks with the Philippines, its visiting foreign minister said.
Russia’s President approves free trade agreement between EAEU, Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a law ratifying the free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran. The final stages of negotiations for the establishment of a free trade zone with Egypt and are also underway.
China, New Zealand agree to start trade talks
China and New Zealand agreed to commence trade in services negotiations based on a negative list approach, as part of efforts to enhance their comprehensive strategic partnership.
Intra-EU awards are still valid and enforceable outside the EU
Two recent decisions by the Swiss Federal Tribunal and the US Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit confirmed that international law does not offer arguments to contest either arbitral jurisdiction or the validity of arbitral awards in intra-EU investment cases.
Spain responds positively to Cambodia’s investment pitch
Spanish Secretary of State for Trade Ms. Maria Amparo Lopez Senovilla responds positively to Cambodia’s ‘door-knocking’ mission to bring in more investments from Europe.
NAFTA at 30: The mother of all free trade agreements
As the first free trade agreement in contemporary history, the North American Free Trade Agreement, turns 30, it’s a good time to ask why this particular treaty played such a watershed role in the history of the global regime of trade and investment.
The international system that pits foreign investors against indigenous communities
Investor-state dispute settlement allows foreign investors to sue governments for billions. A new report highlights this international legal system harms Indigenous Latin Americans.
Almaden to pursue international arbitration against Mexico; moves to drop Mexican lawsuits
Almaden Minerals Ltd. has taken the decision to submit its claims to arbitration against the United Mexican States under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Sri Lanka begins drafting free trade agreement with Malaysia
Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers have approved the starting of relevant negotiations for a free trade agreement with Malaysia, minister Bandula Gunawardena said.
Korea, EU discuss progress of bilateral FTA, regulations
Korea’s trade ministry said Wednesday that it has discussed the progress of the bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union and asked the economic bloc to address growing regulatory uncertainties for exporters.
The corporate colonization of Latin America
How Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) harms indigenous communities.
Biden should end the fossil fuel industry’s secret weapon
There is an obscure mechanism by which fossil fuel companies maintain their global domination even as their products are destroying our futures.
ISDS courts have helped fossil fuel firms rake in $80 billion in public money
"ISDS is the secret weapon for fossil fuel companies against climate laws," said one advocate.
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh discuss FTA, agriculture modernization, ferry and private investment
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe have discussed a free trade agreement, a ferry service, an agricultural modernization program, and encouraging private investment opportunities.
Thai confederation demands inclusion of ILO conventions in FTA negotiations
On 29 May the leaders of the Confederation of Industrial Labour of Thailand (CILT) met with European Union (EU) representatives in Bangkok to demand the inclusion of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) fundamental conventions in EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreements (FTA).
EU recognizes Indonesia’s rights to ban nickel ore exports: Minister
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, stated that the European Union (EU) has begun recognizing Indonesia’s rights in banning nickel ore exports.
Joint statement on the fourth meeting of the United States – Argentina council on trade and investment
Argentina expressed its determination to join the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, and the United States welcomed Argentina’s interest in joining.
Indonesia to conclude free trade talks with Russia-led union in July
Indonesia expects to conclude discussions on a free trade agreement with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in July, its chief economic minister said
World Bank tribunal rules against Canadian miner in legal dispute with Colombia
The World Bank’s ICSID ruled in favour of Colombia in a feud with Canada’s Montauk Metals after finding that the mining ban imposed by the Gustavo Petro administration on the Santurbán moor does not violate the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement signed in 2008.
Kenya and US governments issue end-of-year deadline for STIP deal conclusion
The Kenya and United States governments have issued a deadline to members in the respective negotiations teams to ensure that the Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership is concluded by the end of the year.