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BILATERALS.ORG WEEKLY   23-29 MAY 2024
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NEWS FROM THE MOVEMENTS
PSI | 22-May-2024

Modernisation of the Chile-EU FTA: a false promise of equity and development

An in-depth analysis of the Chile-EU FTA reveals its profound neo-colonial character and that it is an instrument of the neo-liberal economic order that emerged in the 1980s.
NEGOTIATIONS
Yahoo | 28-May-2024

Australia, Europe sign critical mineral partnership

Australia and the European Union have inked a new agreement to boost the supply of critical minerals, technology and environmental standards.
The Daily Star | 28-May-2024

Bangladesh, Japan begin formal talks to sign trade deal

Bangladesh and Japan have formally begun the negotiation to strike a trade deal to allow manufacturers to keep enjoying duty-free export benefits in the post-LDC era and draw investments from the Far East nation.
BelTA | 28-May-2024

Belarus, Equatorial Guinea to deepen cooperation in investment

The head of state of Belarus signed the law on the ratification of the agreement with Equatorial Guinea on the promotion and mutual protection of investments.
Euronews | 28-May-2024

EU convenes Israel to discuss respect of human rights and ICJ ruling on Rafah

European Union foreign ministers agreed to call for an Association Council with Israel to discuss the country’s compliance with its human rights obligations under the EU-Israel trade deal, also known as the Association Agreement.
The Arab Weekly | 27-May-2024

Israel to abolish free trade deal with Turkey, impose 100% tariff on imports

The plan, would be submitted to the cabinet for approval, in retaliation for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to halt exports to Israel.
Jakarta Globe | 27-May-2024

Indonesia urges fair treatment from EU amid prolonged trade talks

Indonesia’s Chief Economic Affairs Minister, Airlangga Hartarto, stressed the need for fair treatment in trade negotiations with the EU. He emphasized Indonesia’s significant potential and its future as a developed nation by 2045. He called for fair treatment and added value for Indonesia’s economy.
Tehran Times | 27-May-2024

Iran-Indonesia PTA to go operational soon

The two countries intend to set up a joint committee for the operationalization of the preferential trade agreement which is tasked with monitoring and updating the lists and discounts that Iran and Indonesia consider for each other.
Antara News | 27-May-2024

Indonesia, Peru commit to immediately start IP-CEPA negotiations

The Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) stated that Indonesia and Peru are committed to immediately starting negotiations on the Indonesia-Peru Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IP-CEPA).
Manila Standards | 27-May-2024

PH, Qatar set to finalize investment agreement this year

The Philippines and Qatar are on the cusp of finalizing an investment promotion and protection agreement (IPPA), signaling a commitment to strengthen economic ties.
India Today | 27-May-2024

Maldives Minister says India seeking a free trade deal with island nation

Maldivian Minister Mohamed Saeed has said that India has initiated efforts to create a Free Trade Agreement with the island nation, and discussions on the same are ongoing.
Nikkei Asia | 27-May-2024

China, Japan and South Korea to revive FTA talks

Japan, South Korea and China held their first joint summit in more than four years on Monday, seeking deeper commercial ties to bolster their economies, including by aiming for progress in stalled negotiations toward a free trade agreement (FTA), but with Seoul and Tokyo also using the occasion to criticize North Korea over a planned satellite launch.
Yonhap News Agency | 27-May-2024

S. Korea, Indonesia discuss partnership in development of key minerals

South Korea’s industry ministry said it has shared ideas with Indonesia on expanding bilateral cooperation in the development of a stable supply chain for key minerals. The two countries vowed to further utilize the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), as well as global platforms such as the RCEP.
Business Inquirer | 27-May-2024

RCEP conditionalities critical for agriculture

The Philippines’ membership in RCEP is conditional on implementing six measures in the agriculture sector. The Senate hearing is an important activity to ensure that these conditionalities are implemented. If not met, the ratification states: “The Senate of the Philippines may recommend to the President the withdrawal of the agreement.”
Philippines News Agency | 27-May-2024

PH, UAE cap 1st round of FTA nego; latter targets conclusion in 2024

The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capped the first round of negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), with the former targeting to conclude the talks by the end of 2024.
Bloomberg | 24-May-2024

UK urges Canada to ratify its entry into Pacific trade pact

A British trade official called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to ratify the UK’s entry into a Pacific trade deal by the end of the year, despite opposition from some Canadian agriculture groups.
Nikkei Asia | 24-May-2024

Indonesia to apply for CPTPP membership this year: minister

Indonesia will apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact "within this year".
Daily Sun | 24-May-2024

Dhaka, Tokyo hold 1st round of negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreement

Firing the five-day first round of negotiations for the Japan-Bangladesh Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) held in Dhaka from 19 May to 23 May, both sides decided to work on scheduling the dates of the second round of negotiations through diplomatic channels.
IAfrica | 23-May-2024

A new economic partnership is emerging between Africa and the Gulf States

The emerging economic relations between Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) — namely the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman — are poised for significant growth, driven by mutual interests in diversification, investment and sustainable development.
Rural News | 23-May-2024

UAE FTA welcome news

The dairy and red meat sectors have welcomed news that New Zealand will begin formal negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Việt Nam News | 23-May-2024

Uruguay supports Việt Nam’s negotiations of FTA with Mercosur: Official

Uruguay’s foreign minister emphasised that the country will work closely with the Vietnamese Embassy to promote stronger and more comprehensive relations between the two countries in the coming time.
Kuensel | 22-May-2024

Bhutan and Thailand set to finalise free trade agreement within two years

Bhutan and Thailand launched Free Trade of Agreement (FTA) negotiations last week in Thimphu.
KEY ISSUES
MercoPress | 27-May-2024

Uruguayan State requested hefty sum in damages over Montevideo Port deals

Chilean and Canadian partners of the Montecon consortium handling operations in the port of Montevideo have started an arbitration process for “damages and losses” worth up to US$ 600 million against the Uruguayan State.
Romania-Insider | 27-May-2024

Eurohold and EIG launch EUR 500 mln arbitration proceedings against Romania

Eurohold Bulgaria AD and Euroins Insurance Group AD said they have officially filed a request for arbitration against the government of Romania at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, DC.
In-Cyprus | 23-May-2024

Government wins landmark international arbitration case against Laiki, Bank of Cyprus depositors

The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal unanimously rejected a USD 600 million claim by depositors and bondholders of Laiki Bank and the Bank of Cyprus.
 
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NOVEDADES DE LOS MOVIMIENTOS
Internacional de Servicios Públicos | 24-May-2024

Modernización del TLC Chile - UE: una falsa promesa de Equidad y Desarrollo

En 2002, Chile y la Unión Europea (UE) ratificaron un Tratado de Libre Comercio(TLC), vigente desde 2003. Este acuerdo fue renegociado recientemente con el objetivo de "modernizarlo", culminando en diciembre de 2022 con la firma de un Acuerdo Marco Avanzado y un Acuerdo Provisional, cuyos detalles se difundieron en las redes oficiales de la UE.
Negociaciones
La Jornada | 27-May-2024

EU insiste a México en avanzar sobre diputa energética

Aunque el gobierno mexicano daba por descartado que Estados Unidos continuara con las disputas sobre energía en el marco del T-MEC, Katherine Tai, Representante Comercial del país vecino del norte insistió que el tema debe avanzar.
Infobae | 27-May-2024

EE.UU., México y Canadá coinciden en implementar el T-MEC plenamente antes de 2026

La Comisión de Libre Comercio (CLC) del Tratado México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) solicitó este jueves al terminar su cuarta reunión anual, celebrada en Phoenix (EE.UU.), redoblar los esfuerzo para "la total implementación" del acuerdo de cara a su revisión en 2026.
VNA | 27-May-2024

Uruguay respalda a Vietnam en negociación de TLC con Mercosur

Uruguay respaldará a Vietnam en la negociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con el Mercado Común Sudamericano (Mercosur), enfatizó el canciller Omar Paganini.
Infobae | 24-May-2024

El Estado peruano derrotó a Minera Cerro Verde en litigio internacional de US$909 millones ante el CIADI

El Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones desestimó los reclamos de la empresa estadounidense referidas a regalías mineras.
La Tribuna | 22-May-2024

Inicia quinta ronda de negociaciones del TLC con República Popular de China

Desde este lunes 20 y hasta el 22 de mayo, Tegucigalpa es sede de la quinta ronda de negociaciones del Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) entre Honduras y la República Popular China.
Ámbito | 22-May-2024

El gobierno espera la presidencia del Mercosur para avanzar en un TLC con China

El canciller Omar Paganini confirmó que una de las prioridades de Uruguay al frente del bloque regional será impulsar el diálogo con el gigante asiático.
CUESTIONES CLAVES
La Jornada | 22-May-2024

Aumento de amenazas a México

México ha perdido 11 casos y ha sido obligado a pagar 296 mdd; cifra mayor al presupuesto total que México prevé en 2024 para la búsqueda de personas desaparecidas, la fiscalía de desaparición forzada y la investigación del delito de tortura.
 
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NOUVELLES DES MOUVEMENTS
Confédération paysanne | 24-May-2024

Libre-échange, les paysannes et paysans toujours perdants

Au nom de la dénonciation de la concurrence déloyale et de l’exigence d’un revenu décent, la Confédération paysanne met à l’index les accords de libre-échange.
Négociations
Euronews | 28-May-2024

L’UE convoque Israël pour discuter du respect des droits de l’homme à Rafah

Les ministres des affaires étrangères de l’Union européenne ont décidé de convoquer un conseil d’association avec Israël afin de discuter du respect par le pays de ses obligations en matière de droits de l’homme dans le cadre de l’accord commercial UE-Israël.
Politico.cd | 27-May-2024

La RDC et les Emirats s’apprêtent à signer un accord de libre-échange bilatéral

Pour atteindre l’objectif d’un accord sur le libre-échange entre Kinshasa et Abou Dhabi dont les autorités émiraties veulent que la signature ait lieu en RDC, en plus de deux réunions qui se sont déjà tenues respectivement en juillet et octobre 2023, une troisième doit avoir lieu.
Zone Bourse | 27-May-2024

La Corée du Sud, la Chine et le Japon conviennent de discuter de l’accélération des négociations sur le libre-échange - déclaration commune

Les dirigeants de la Corée du Sud, de la Chine et du Japon sont convenus de discuter de l’accélération des négociations en vue d’un accord de libre-échange trilatéral, selon une déclaration conjointe publiée à l’issue de leur sommet tripartite.
ENJEUX MAJEURS
Euractiv | 27-May-2024

Un assureur bulgare dépose une demande d’arbitrage d’un demi-milliard d’euros contre la Roumanie

La compagnie d’assurance bulgare Euroins Insurance Group (EIG) et sa société mère Eurohold ont officiellement déposé une demande d’arbitrage de 500 millions d’euros contre le gouvernement roumain.
The Conversation | 27-May-2024

Le droit international protège les investissements dans les énergies fossiles, et c’est un problème

Peu connu du grand public, le Traité sur la charte de l’énergie (TCE) protège les investissements étrangers dans le domaine de l’énergie des pays signataires… mais sans distinguer les fossiles des renouvelables.
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