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RP eyeing Taiwan trade deal
Business World Online, 31 May 2010

THE PHILIPPINES and Taiwan will discuss the possibility of a bilateral trade deal at the sidelines of an APEC meeting this week, Trade Secretary Jesli A. Lapus yesterday said.   More...

S.Korea, Japan and China to speed up trade accord
AFP, 30 May 2010

South Korea, Japan and China agreed Sunday to speed up an investment accord and research on a trilateral free trade pact.  More...

Krishna heads for first India-US strategic dialogue
Hindustan Times, 30 May 2010

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Sunday left for Washington for the first India-US strategic dialogue that will prepare the ground for the visit of President Barack Obama to New Delhi later this year.  More...

Taiwan's Ma seeking free trade with China
Star Tribune, 30 May 2010

The words "status quo" take on new meaning when uttered anywhere near the 111 miles that separate Taiwan and China.  More...

Korea, China Sign MOU on Discussing Sensitive FTA Issues
The Dong-A Ilbo, 29 May 2010

Korea and China will conclude a joint study conducted by their governments, industries and academics on a bilateral free trade agreement that began in 2007.  More...

EU-Russia summit aimed at new partnership for modernization
Xinhua, 29 May 2010

The 25th EU-Russia summit will takes place in Russia's Rostov-on-Don early next week, with the aim of nurturing a new partnership for modernization while tackling the global financial and economic crisis, climate change and energy security.   More...

Municipal services up for grabs in Canada-EU trade deal, report says
The Star, 28 May 2010

Foreign companies would gain unprecedented access to municipal water services and perhaps even a claim to the water itself under the free trade deal now being negotiated between Canada and the European Union, a new report says.  More...

Trade pact talks with Mercosur next month
The Financial Express, 28 May 2010

Negotiations for the expansion of India-Mercosur Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) will be in New Delhi early next month to discuss further and widening the list of goods with preferential tariffs covered under this agreement.   More...

Korea and Australia Call for Prompt Conclusion of Free Trade Talks
Arirang, 28 May 2010

Korean and Australian financial experts called for a prompt conclusion of the two nations' bilateral trade deal with the fifth round of talks held in Canberra, Australia over the past week.   More...

GCC, EU close to free trade agreement
The Peninsula, 27 May 2010

The GCC is quite close to concluding the much-awaited Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU), the visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said here yesterday.  More...

Israel may soon sign free trade agreement with India
ThaIndian, 26 May 2010

Israel’s Ambassador to India Mark Sofer, has said in Jaipur that India and Israel would soon be signing a free trade agreement.   More...

'Korea-Peru FTA could be completed by November'
Korea Times, 26 May 2010

Negotiations on a Korea-Peru free trade agreement (FTA) could be finalized by November, a development that would further enhance bilateral ties and precede a possible state visit by Peruvian President Alan Garcia, Peru's vice foreign minister said Wednesday.    More...

Armenia hopeful for fast conclusion of RA-EU free trade agreement
PanArmenian, 26 May 2010

During his working visit to Brussels, Armenian President met with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.   More...

Govt, Zambia Sign Comesa Duty-Free Accord
All Africa, 26 May 2010

Zimbabwe and Zambia have signed an agreement for the immediate implementation of the Comesa Simplified Trade Regime, which would promote bilateral trade for cross-border traders and small to medium enterprises.    More...

GCC Members Suspend Free-Trade Talks With Europe
Business Week, 26 May 2010

The six-member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council suspended free-trade negotiations with the European Union that have been going on for about two decades after failing to overcome obstacles to an agreement.   More...

India, Turkmenistan sign accords to enhance trade, education and tourism
Sify News, 25 May 2010

India and Turkmenistan signed bilateral accords in New Delhi on Tuesday to enhance cooperation in trade, education, science and technology, art and culture and visa free travel to holders of diplomatic passport.    More...

India, EU decide to fast track FTA talks
The Hindu, 25 May 2010

India and the European Union on Tuesday decided to fast track the talks to conclude a Free Trade Agreement within the next few months.  More...

Protests in Sri Lanka over proposed trade pact with India
AFP, 25 May 2010

Hundreds of protestors took to the streets in the capital Colombo Tuesday demanding Sri Lanka’s government abandon a proposed trade pact with neighbouring India.   More...

Govt to go ahead with free trade deal with India
The Jakarta Post, 24 May 2010

The government will go ahead with the implementation of another free trade agreement with India despite strong opposition from local industries about a similar trade deal with China early this year, says a senior trade official.    More...

Turkey eyes free trade agreement with Iraq
World Bulletin, 15 May 2010

The Turkish finance minister said that Turkey and Iraq should sign a free trade agreement.   More...

Canada signs free trade deal with Panama
CTV Ottawa, 15 May 2010

Canada signed a free trade deal with the small Central American economy of Panama on Friday, continuing the country's trade liberalizing efforts in the hemisphere.  More...

ASSOCHAM Prefers PTA To FTA With Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
Orissa Diary, 15 May 2010

An in-depth cost benefit analysis needs to be undertaken in terms of increase in net trade and improvement in employment before India proceeds ahead for signing of Free Trade Agreements with countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, says a Study of India’s FTA and Indian Industry brought out by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).   More...

India trying to revive Cepa with Lanka
The Economic Times, 13 May 2010

With the election process ending in Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksa government settling into its second term, India is trying to revive the comprehensive economic partnership agreement (Cepa) with Sri Lanka.   More...

BCCI signs key accord to boost Singapore ties
Gulf Daily News, 12 May 2010

The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Singapore Business Federation.  More...

Free trade pact with Mongolia on the cards
People’s Daily Online, 12 May 2010

China has initiated feasibility studies for a free trade agreement (FTA) with Mongolia to further strengthen bilateral trade ties between the two nations, a top official from the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.   More...

Thai Cabinet Approves Draft Of Free Trade Agreement With Chile
Easy Bourse, 11 May 2010

The Thai Cabinet Tuesday endorsed a draft of a free trade agreement with Chile, government spokesman Vachara Kannikar said. The draft will be proposed for the approval of parliament before negotiations kick off.  More...

India, Singapore ink deal on generic drugs
Livemint, 11 May 2010

India and Singapore on Tuesday signed an agreement to facilitate easier market access of generic drugs into the south-east Asian city-state, and launched a review of a nearly five-year-old economic cooperation agreement whose scope they are seeking to expand.  More...

Syria, Turkey hope to dominate trade
Gulf News, 11 May 2010

Regional media have been busy analysing President Bashar Al Assad's weekend visit to Turkey, where he spoke of a better future for the entire region, 10 years down the road.   More...

EU and South Korea Sign Framework Agreement for Bilateral Relations
Eurasia Review, 10 May 2010

The European Union and Republic of Korea met Monday, at the margins of the Foreign Affairs Council, to sign a new Framework Agreement on the relations between the EU and Korea.  More...

Scope for boosting trade with Australia
The Hindu, 04 May 2010

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean on Tuesday released the Feasibility Study report on India-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).   More...





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