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Xi Jinping, speaking at APEC, pledges market reforms in bid to join Asia-Pacific trade bloc
President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged a raft of economic reforms as part of China’s efforts to join a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned four years ago by the US and warned against efforts to “draw ideological lines” in the Asia-Pacific region.
SACU, EFTA continue negotiations on expanded Free Trade Agreement
Senior officials and experts from the Southern African Customs Union and the European Free Trade Association Member States met through videoconference on 3 and 4 November 2021 to continue their negotiations on an updated and expanded Free Trade Agreement.
UAE signs historic business pact with Jersey
The UAE signed a historic investment pact with Jersey to “help facilitate” financial flows between the two and offer investors “better protection”.
China’s bid to join CPTPP: Neither serious nor sincere
Joining the pact is a smart move for Beijing, but will it abide by the rules?
CPTPP members ’welcome’ Taiwan’s bid to join: New Zealand official
Any new entry in the CPTPP requires the unanimous support of all the trade bloc’s members.
The United States has said it wants to “enhance” trade ties with Uruguay
The US intends to increase trade and investments through the TIFA agreement.
Cabinet okays Asean-Canada FTA framework
The cabinet yesterday approved the negotiation framework for the Asean-Canada free trade agreement (FTA), hoping the pact will help open a gateway for Thailand into North America.
Another wind farm investor sues Romania for phased off incentives
Kelag, one of the most important energy holding companies in Austria, referred Romania to the World Bank’s ICSID, accusing the country of violating the so-called Energy Charter Treaty.
S. Korea in close consultation with Mexico to resume FTA talks: ministry
South Korea and Mexico have "closely discussed" the possible resumption of negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement.
Japan, Colombia agree to accelerate EPA negotiations
Japan and Colombia have agreed to proceed with negotiations on a bilateral economic partnership agreement swiftly.
Will Thailand ever join the CPTPP?
While there are clear benefits for large companies to joining the pact, there are also clear drawbacks that could make life harder for the average Thai.
S. Korea, Singapore aim to strike digital trade deal this year
South Korea and Singapore agreed to conclude their digital trade pact in 2021 in a move to deepen broader trade and economic ties, Seoul’s trade ministry said.
Iran-Pakistan free trade agreement to be implemented within 3 months
Iran and Pakistan are going to implement a free trade agreement within the next three months, Iranian Industry, Mining, and Trade Minister announced.
‘EU agrees on cooperation with Taipei’
European Parliament’s committee President said that he would continue to push for closer ties between the EU and Taiwan, and advocate for a bilateral investment agreement.
Campaign win: Australia cuts ties with Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)
In a significant step forward in the campaign against Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS), Australia has announced its withdrawal from its signatory status to the Energy Charter Treaty.
New Asia-Pacific free trade deal harmful to PH food producers, groups say
The country’s agricultural groups urged the government to step on the brakes and review the condition of the farm sector before signing up to a new Asia-Pacific free trade deal that will worsen the already dire state of domestic food producers.
Thai envoy stresses FTA critical to balance bilateral trade
Trade between Pakistan and Thailand could be balanced if the government of Pakistan tackles the hurdles efficiently, particularly the delay in signing a free trade agreement (FTA), said acting Thailand Consul General Paoyee Waesahmae.
Japan FTA talks stalled on farm product access
The process of reviewing the free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and Japan has stalled on the issue of access to Japanese markets for Philippine farm products, according to the Board of Investments (BoI).
Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) text (Jun 2020)
Xi says open to discussion on state-owned companies in CPTPP talks
President Xi Jinping said Thursday that China is open to negotiations on industrial subsidies and state-owned enterprises in order to be accepted into the CPTPP.