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India will have to allay fears of other members about its dominance | 29-January-2006

THE SOUTH Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) has come into force with effect from January 1. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which consists of seven countries, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is expected to start implementing SAFTA from June - July this year.

FTA talks with Washington need firm leadership | 29-January-2006

Korea has agreed to slash a screen quota reserving time in the theaters for domestic films to 73 days a year as requested by Washington, thus removing the last hurdle to free trade negotiations with the U.S. The government will reportedly announce the start date for the FTA talks early next month.

Thai industrial sector asks preconditions to US FTA pact | 29-January-2006

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has urged the government to reach an agreement regarding the origin of raw materials and quality standards of Thai-produced goods with US trade negotiators before signing a Thai-US free trade area (FTA) agreement with Washington.

EOs imperil vegetable, fruit industries | 28-January-2006

The reduction of tariffs on wide range of agricultural products as mandated by Executive Orders 485 and 487 under the China-ASEAN FTA would impact the Philippines’ vegetable and fruit industries, a coalition of nongovernment organizations for the agriculture sector said.

EEUU y Colombia se aproximan a un acuerdo de libre comercio | 28-January-2006

Estados Unidos y Colombia han pisado el acelerador en sus negociaciones sobre un tratado de libre comercio (TLC) y se acercan al cierre del acuerdo, aunque resta el capítulo más peliagudo, la apertura del sector agropecuario.

India for pan-Asian trade agreement | 28-January-2006

India on Friday expressed its desire for eventually expanding the proposed comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (Ceca) with Asean to a pan-Asian pact covering six more countries including Japan, China, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, aiming at a common economic community in East Asia.

Ecuador espera cerrar TLC con EEUU en febrero | 28-January-2006

Ecuador tiene "buenas posibilidades" de cerrar un tratado de libre comercio con Estados Unidos cuando reanude el diálogo en febrero, pero tampoco tiene prisa y no adoptará a ciegas los modelos de Colombia y Perú, dijo el viernes el principal negociador ecuatoriano Manuel Chiriboga.

El TLCAN: Libro de Apocalipsis para el Ecuador | 27-January-2006

Para prever lo que sucederá en el caso de que Ecuador firme su Tratado de Libre Comercio con EE.UU., no se necesita tener gran imaginación ni gozar de una gran capacidad econométrica. Ya todo está escrito a grosso modo al respecto para el Ecuador (así como para todos los presentes y futuros firmantes de un TLC con EE.UU.) en el Gran Libro de Apocalipsis llamado TLCAN.

Government steps up efforts to explain FTA issue to public | 27-January-2006

Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Friday instructed state agencies concerned to accelerate disseminating information on negotiations for a planned free trade area (FTA) between Thailand and the United States to ensure that the public get proper understanding on the matter.

Korea-US FTA talks to start in May | 27-January-2006

"It is highly likely that the actual formal negotiation between Korea and the U.S. would begin in May, even though the official announcement is to be made in mid-February,’’ Korea International Trade Association (KITA) FTA Team head Jeong Jae-hwa said.

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