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Mandelson in ’illegal’ trade move | 2-September-2005

In advice for a new report by the development charity ActionAid a lawyer in Matrix Chambers today warns that European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson is violating a legal duty to Africa by undermining alternatives to his trade plans which, critics fear, threaten the jobs of millions of poor people.


Thai FTA defers sticking points | 2-September-2005

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his visiting Thai counterpart, Thaksin Shinawatra, agreed Thursday on a basic accord to lower mutual trade barriers that left key decisions on high tariffs on Japanese cars and Thai rice unresolved.


L’Accord d’association entre l’Algérie et l’Union européenne entre en vigueur | 1-September-2005

L’Accord d’association entre l’Algérie et l’Union Européenne (UE) est entré en vigueur jeudi 1er septembre, ouvrant ainsi la voie à l’établissement d’une zone de libre-échange à l’horizon 2017.


Preferential trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region | 1-September-2005

This IMF working paper of July 2005 describes the proliferation of PTAs in the Asia-Pacific region, discusses their
characteristics and implementation, and assesses their potential effects.


Algérie : l’accord d’association menace l’emploi | 1-September-2005

L’entrée en vigueur de l’accord d’association entre l’Union européenne et l’Algérie, à compter du 1er septembre, est porteuse de menaces de perte de 1.000 emplois dans le secteur sucrier.


Myths about bilateral free trade | 31-August-2005

Of late, there has been an outbreak of activism in the realm of bilateral free trade and investment agreements across the world. Many developing countries have found themselves swept off by the wave of bilateralism, not realizing it only weakens the cause of multilateralism.


US-SACU: New impetus behind a deal | 31-August-2005

Negotiations for a free trade agreement between the US and the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) stalled last year in an atmosphere of impasse rather than acrimony. But on the explicit instruction of President Thabo Mbeki, the talks are now on again and new, ambitious targets have been set for their completion, as well as a new plan for getting past the problems that plagued the last effort.


US Congress to address draft of Egyptian-US free trade agreement | 31-August-2005

The US Administration will put forward the draft to the Egyptian-US free trade agreement to the Congress by the end of the current year, Egypt’s Foreign Trade and Industry Minister Rashid Mohamed Rashid said.


UPS keen to cash in on possible China-Australia FTA | 31-August-2005

The president of United Parcel Service (UPS) said today a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and China could deliver the logistics giant a similar surge in business that followed the signing of the Australia-US FTA in May last year.


Costa Rica: arroceros en contra de TLC con Estados Unidos | 31-August-2005

La Corporación Arrocera Nacional se opuso a que Costa Rica ratifique el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Centroamérica y Estados Unidos, bajo el argumento de que el país "carece de medidas para competir con los productores estadounidenses subsidiados por el gobierno".


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  • Indonesia’s termination of the Netherlands–Indonesia BIT: Broader implications in the Asia-Pacific? | 23-August-2014
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  • Comments
    Don’t let Americans put hormones and pesticides in our dinner, warns Jamie Oliver as he launches latest food offensive | 26-August-2014
    John: If the US government gets their way Europe is going to stay busy building more hospitals and graduating more doctors.
    US trade officials say it’s their way or the highway on TPP | 21-August-2014
    Bernard k. Gordon: The title of this report does not comport with the facts as contained in the report. The US acted in good faith, in a way specifically designed to promote sound environmental goals related to forestry. Those goals were supported by the U.S. Congress ...
    War of the FTAs | 21-August-2014
    Bernard k. Gordon: A biased and ill-informed report. Among many other problems, it misstates the original goals of the WTO, and it totally ignores the facts surrounding the creation of the TPP. It is in essence a scare-tactic report that does not warrant serious atten ...
    Africa’s "grand" FTA negotiation progressing well: SADC officials | 20-August-2014
    Professor Gilbert NMO Morris: Free Trade Zones, secured by Free Trade Agreements are as notoriously popular as they are infamously over-rated. The problem is not the intention of the designers. It is rather a lack of intention or design sufficiently imagined, implemented and man ...
    Don’t let Americans put hormones and pesticides in our dinner, warns Jamie Oliver as he launches latest food offensive | 19-August-2014
    John: In 1969 I worked in the USA for 6 months. During that time I gained a lot of weight which I lost after return to the UK. My GP claimed that it may have been due to the growth hormones fed to USA cattle getting into the human food chain which was dis ...
    EU-Canada trade deal leak ‘ridicules’ TTIP consultation, campaigners say | 15-August-2014
    anonymous: The notion that investors are greedy and governments and national courts work solely in people's interest is wrong. There are EU member states where corruption is rife and whose governments, legislatures and courts aren't trusted by their ...
    TTIP won’t let big banks wriggle out of regulations, EU negotiators insist | 12-August-2014
    Chris: Where does TiSA fit in? It would be easy to make such assurances about TTIP if the "more secret" TiSA services deal was in fact where the worst was hidden. Wikileaks published documents in June which show TiSA mandating a very high level o ...
    SADC signs EPA with EU | 11-August-2014
    Marc Maes: The above article makes the common mistake to confuse 'siging" and "initialling": initialling is done by the chief negotiators, signing by the governments and ratification by the heads of state usually after the approval of the p ...
    TULF on TTIP | 23-Aug-2014

    AFTINET on ISDS | 13-Aug-2014

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