Bolivia takes the leap into the big pond of Mercosur
Inter Press Service, 29 December, 2012
To go down fighting in the Andean Community (CAN), with a combined
market of 92 million consumers, or move up to the big leagues of
Thai-EU FTA raises alarm for people with AIDS
Inter Press Service News, 29 December, 2012
Days before leaders of the European Union (EU) arrived in Norway to
collect this year’s Nobel Peace prize, Thai public health activists
sent a letter to the northern powerhouse.
EU OKs signing association agreement with Ukraine
ZIK, 28 December, 2012
The European Union passed a strategic decision to sign the agreement
on association with Kyiv.
Mexico finds unlikely allies in trade fight
The New York Times, 24 December, 2012
As tomato growers in Florida and some other states fight a
16-year-old agreement that they contend allows farmers in Mexico to
export tomatoes at a price below their costs, the Mexican farmers
are finding allies in the United States.
Asean FTA conclusion sets stage for India’s massive re-entry to
Business Standard, 24 December, 2012
The India-Asean commemorative summit just concluded in Delhi has
been widely acknowledged as one of India’s recent successful
diplomatic initiatives. As many as nine heads of states and
governments out of ten Asean states attended.
Duty-free access: Infrastructure hurdles restrict Pak-India trade
Express Tribune, Pakistan, 23 December, 2012
Businessmen and traders of Pakistan and India have agreed that
infrastructure bottlenecks are hindering the growth in trade
relations between the two sides and these should be removed to
deepen the ties.
TPP decision may come before upper house vote
Daily Yomiuri, Japan, 23 December, 2012
A decision on whether Japan will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership
multilateral free-trade talks could come before the House of
Councillors election next summer, which is considered the deadline
Portugal expects FTA to bolster EU-GCC trade ties
Menafn.com, 22 December, 2012
Buoyed by a big surge in exports to Dubai, Portugal said on Thursday
that it expects to significantly boost its trade with the GCC after
the conclusion of a long-awaited free-trade agreement between the
European Union and the GCC.
Different trade agreements to boost textile industry
The News International, Pakistan, 22 December, 2012
Advisor to Prime Minister on Textile Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig said that
trade concessions on 65 items from the EU, implementation of GSP
BD-India bilateral trade up by 20pc
Financial Express, 22 December, 2012
Bilateral trade between Bangladesh and India rose nearly 20 per cent
to more than US$ 4.50 billion in the fiscal year (FY) 2011-12
following reduction of sensitive lists by the relevant authorities
in both the countries in late 2011.
Information gap holding back EAC integration
The Star, Kenya, 21 December, 2012
Lack of public information on the operations of the East Africa
Community has been blamed for the slow integration among member
India, Asean expand free trade pact
The Economic Times, 19 December, 2012
India and Asean on Thursday extended their free trade pact to
include services and investment, a move that will help Indian
doctors, nurses and engineers get access to the vast markets in East
Focus Taiwan News Channel, Taiwan
Taiwan News, 20 December, 2012
Taiwan should deepen trade talks with China and work to sign a free
trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea to race against the upcoming
China-Japan-South Korea FTA negotiations, an expert on East Asia
EAC growth model questioned
The Observer, Uganda, 20 December, 2012
When the treaty establishing the East African Community (EAC) came
into force on July 7, 2000, the main goal was to widen and deepen
Time for an EU-PHL free trade deal — ECCP
GMA News, Philippines, 20 December, 2012
The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) on
Thursday said it is committed to support a Philippine-European Union
free trade agreement, which it expects to possibly come about in the
next three years.
ASEAN, India conclude FTA talks on services, investment
Jakarta Post, 20 December, 2012
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)
concluded a long-bargained free trade agreement (FTA) with India on
services and investment on Wednesday ahead of a two-day
commemorative summit in New Delhi, India.
LDP needs to placate internal foes to TPP entry
Japan Times, 19 December, 2012
After regaining power in Sunday’s general election, the Liberal
Democratic Party now faces the challenge of reaching internal
consensus on whether Japan should join the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Obstacles to an Indonesia-Taiwan economic partnership
Jakarta Post, 19 December, 2012
More often than not, whenever a Taiwanese official pays a visit to
Jakarta, there is usually one question on his mind: “Dude […]
where’s my FTA?”.
India-Israel FTA: Next round of talks in January
The Economic Times, 19 December, 2012
India and Israel will hold in January another round of negotiations
for the proposed free trade agreement, a move which would increase
bilateral commerce and investment between the countries, Parliament
was informed today.
Asean-India FTA likely to be finalised at summit
The star Online, 19 December, 2012
The long awaited Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Asean and India
in the services and investment sectors will most likely be finalised
at the summit here.
EU in major free trade deal with Singapore
International Advisor, 17 December, 2012
The European Union and Singapore have agreed what was described in
an EU statement as “one of the most comprehensive” agreements the
bloc has ever negotiated.
TPP traps - we need to know the costs as well as the gains
New Zealand Herald, 17 December, 2012
I’m not an economist, but I do understand what a net loss or a net
gain is. Most people will be familiar with the concept - at the end
of the day.
Rumpf bemoans EPA support in Brussels
The Namibian, 17 December, 2012
Ambassador to Belgium, Hanno Rumpf, has expressed concern over the
lack of support from developmental partners in Europe when it comes
to economic partnership agreement.
President Mahama Wants Better EPA Deal For ACP Countries
Ghana Business News, 16 December, 2012
President John Dramani Mahama has described as unfortunate, the
deadlines set for the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreements
(EPA), explaining that it will adversely impact the economies and
trade systems of other nations.
Free trade pacts hurting, not helping India: FIEO news
Domain B, 15 December, 2012
Disappointed with India’s exports growth for the month of November,
the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) on Friday said
Business worried about India FTA
The Nation, 15 December, 2012
The private sector has asked Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra not
to announce any agreement to proceed with a bilateral free-trade
pact with India.
Europe urges Colombia to speed up FTA
The Lahore Times, 12 December, 2012
The European Union (E.U.) on Wednesday urged Colombia’s congress to
fast track ratification of a free trade agreement (FTA) signed in
June and ratified by the European Parliament earlier this week.
Harper government resists strong labour rights chapter in
slow-moving TPP trade talks
Rabble.ca, 12 December, 2012
Canada’s first week as a full-fledged member of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership has been … well … a little dull.
Jane Kelsey: Secret talks breed scepticism
New Zealand Herald, 12 December, 2012
As the 15th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPPA)
negotiations in Auckland comes to an end the New Zealand public has
still not been told what is being discussed behind closed doors.
The Second Round of Negotiations for the Japan-Mongolia Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA)
METI, 10 December, 2012
The Second Round of the Negotiations for the Japan-Mongolia Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA) will be held from Tuesday.
Thailand, Pakistan to move forward in signing PTA, FTA
The Lahore Times, 12 December, 2012
Thailand and Pakistan move forward to sign accords for Preferential
Trade Agreement (PTA) leading to Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
US trade deal could be a lot for Europe to swallow
Independent Online, 12 December, 2012
Can Europeans, who have balked for years at many U.S. food imports,
accept a free trade agreement with the United States that opens the
door for imports of genetically modified crops.
Top Trade Official Sees U.S. Seeking More Multilateral Deals
Wall Street Journal, 11 December, 2012
The administration’s top trade official signalled Tuesday that the
U.S. intends to pursue deals with coalitions of countries rather
seeks out the type of.
Beyond NAFTA: Shaping the Future of North American Integration
Dissidentvoice.org, 11 December, 2012
In a move that signalled the importance placed on the NAFTA
partnership, Mexico’s new president visited the U.S. and Canada
before his inauguration.
European Parliament approves Colombia trade pact
Colombia Reports, 11 December, 2012
The European Parliament on Tuesday ratified a free trade agreement
with Colombia and Peru despite human and labor rights concerns.
EU-Ukrainian Association Agreement: To sign or not to sign?
EurActiv, 10 December, 2012
The leak of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA) turns the
focus of their relations to a Shakespearean question: to sign or not
to sign. And since Ukraine is ready to sign, it puts the onus on the
New U.S.-Morocco Agreements Seen as Boost to Trade Relations
AllAfrica (US Dept. of State), 10 December, 2012
The United States and the Kingdom of Morocco have signed new
agreements that the top U.S. trade official says will stimulate
significant additional commercial activity.
Critics warn of EU free trade deal with Peru and Colombia
Deutsche Welle, 10 December, 2012
The EU is set to liberalize trade with Colombia and Peru. Human
rights organisations fear that Latin American farmers will suffer.
NZ’s embarrassing TPP overtures to the US
Scoop, 10 December, 2012
New Zealand has been hosting the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
talks in Auckland for the past week, but you’d have to say things
Its high time to agree on BIT
Business Recorder, Pakistan, 10 December, 2012
The United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, has called
for early conclusion of Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).
S. Korea to prioritize FTA with China
Yonhap, 07 December, 2012
South Korea will prioritize the conclusion of a free trade agreement
(FTA) with China over a possible trilateral free trade deal that
further encompasses Japan, Seoul’s top envoy to Beijing has said.
A free-trade agreement with Europe?
Washington Post, 06 December, 2012
At a recent meeting of German business and foreign-policy leaders,
one participant summed up an anxiety that’s almost palpable here:
“Europeans have a sense of being left alone.
TPP vs. RCEP: A new Washington-Beijing tug-of-war?
The Nation, 06 December, 2012
How the government navigates the contest between the United States
and China in the economic sphere will be a litmus test of Thailand’s
diplomatic and political skills.
The public must be heard on free trade proposals
The Nation, 06 December, 2012
With Thailand set to join numerous trading blocs, it is essential
that the govt opens a public discussion, as this issue will affect
Will the Pacific trade deal protect workers?
Al Jazeera, 05 December, 2012
This week saw the beginning of the 15th round of negotiations for
the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Auckland, New
Cabinet approves EU FTA talking points
Bangkok Post, 05 December, 2012
The framework of the Thai-EU free trade agreement will be
scrutinised by parliament as required by the charter before
bilateral talks on 17 trade issues can proceed.
Colombia FTA with EU may increase money laundering
Colombia Report, 05 December, 2012
A free trade pact between the E.U., Colombia and Peru will increase
the risk of illegal money flows and capital flight, said a report
Wednesday from a group of Members of the European Parliament.
EU and Mercosur to resume free trade talks at two events next
MeroPress, 05 December, 2012
The European Union and Mercosur will resume talks on a free trade
agreement during a coming summit in Brazil and later at a meeting in
Santiago de Chile, both.
Auckland TPP trade talks spark protest
ONE News, Auckland, 03 December, 2012
Long running talks to hammer out a free trade agreement between 11
Asia Pacific countries have resumed in Auckland, sparking criticism
No time to lose on FTA with EU: Thai ministry
Yahoo News (Asia News Network), 01 December, 2012
Thailand's Commerce Ministry is rushing to get Cabinet's endorsement
of the draft Thai-EU free-trade agreement (FTA) on Tuesday in.
Export firms eagerly await EPA talks / Deal could even playing
field with S. Korean automakers in EU, offset surging yen
The Yomiuri Shimbun, 01 December, 2012
News that Japan and the European Union have agreed to start
negotiations for an economic partnership agreement was a breath of
fresh air for Japanese export-related companies, as.