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FTAs key for Aus agribusiness: Rabo | 13-August-2014

A new report released by global agribusiness specialist Rabobank points to free trade agreements (FTAs) and building strategic government and business relationships as the keys to improving market access for Australian exporters.

Russia to boost agri-trade with Egypt after EU food ban | 13-August-2014

Russia will increase exports of wheat to Egypt and imports of other agriculture products from it, Russian officials said on Tuesday as the two countries discussed the potential for a free trade zone.

Peru to begin FTA negotiations with Indonesia, India | 13-August-2014

The governments of Peru and Indonesia have completed a joint feasibility study in order to reach a free trade agreement, announced Tuesday Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva.

Big Tobacco’s £11bn UK attack could send EU-US trade deal up in flames | 12-August-2014

Philip Morris International has threatened to sue Britain for an eye-watering sum over potential losses resulting from our proposed standardised brand-free cigarette packaging laws.

Illegal EU fish agreement with Morocco now ratified by King | 12-August-2014

The King of Morocco has ratified its dirty fisheries agreement with EU, allowing EU vessels to fish in Western Sahara waters under Moroccan occupation. The European Commission fails in geography regarding the location of the fisheries in communiqué.

‘India should focus on Latin America, Africa, BRICS to counter trans-Pacific challenge’ | 12-August-2014

Commerce Secretary Rajiv Kher has said India should focus on increasing its trade with Latin America, Africa, the BRICS nations and certain countries in the Asean bloc to counter the challenge posed by the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

EU seeks free-trade agreement with Vietnam | 12-August-2014

European Union’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton says she hopes the deal could be signed before the end of the year.

Colombia: Asociaciones gremiales advirtieron sobre efectos de TLC en Santander | 11-August-2014

Según los expertos hay que hacer revisiones a los tratados. Calzado y textiles entre los afectados.

Brasil quiere TLC con 3 países en 2016 | 11-August-2014

El ministro brasileño de Desarrollo, Industria y Comercio Exterior, Mauro Borges, aseguró ayer que Brasil pretende adelantar a 2016 el acuerdo de libre comercio con Colombia, Chile y Perú previsto para 2019.

Defensora del Pueblo europea pide revelar documentos de negociación comercial con EEUU | 11-August-2014

La defensora del pueblo de la Unión Europea, Emily O’Reilly, instó al Consejo de la UE a desvelar las directivas de la negociación abierta con Estados Unidos para un tratado comercial y de inversiones, conocido como TTIP, un asunto sobre el que abrió una investigación.

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Key issues
  • Demand for cross-border movement of professional manpower increasing in FTA talks | 13-August-2014
  • Bear Creek announces its intent to commence an arbitration against Peru - Santa Ana dispute | 12-August-2014
  • Why developing host countries sign increasingly strict investment agreements | 5-August-2014
  • The era of mega-arbitration: International court rules against Russia in $50 billion decision | 30-July-2014
  • GIs becoming growing cheese trade barrier | 30-July-2014
  • Maldives to boycott Israeli products, annul bilateral agreements | 22-July-2014
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    Drafts and done deals
  • EU-Canada FTA (CETA) (consolidated draft, 1 Aug 2014) | 13-August-2014
  • EU-ECOWAS EPA (draft, Feb 2014) | 13-August-2014
  • Japan-Iraq BIT (2012) | 30-July-2014
  • Japan-Mozambique BIT (2013) | 30-July-2014
  • EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft SPS chapter (June 2014) | 24-July-2014
  • Australia-Japan FTA (2014) | 13-July-2014
  • Links
  • Education and TTIP | 31-July-2014
  • #TTIP #TAFTA Watch | 22-July-2014
  • The consumer view on TTIP | 17-July-2014
  • Treat the treaty [FR/EN] | 16-July-2014
  • Stop the TTIP: European Citizen’s Initiative | 14-July-2014
  • Youtube > TTIP | 21-June-2014

  • Comments
    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 ...
    TTIP: battle of the choirs | 4-August-2014
    Owen Ramos: Didn't mind the second guys... thought they were pretty dang good.
    AFTINET on ISDS | 13-Aug-2014