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Abe talks up trade ties with Latin American alliance | 4-August-2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed eagerness Saturday to bolster economic and trade ties with the four Latin American nations that make up the Pacific Alliance, after accelerating the conclusion of a free trade agreement with Colombia.


Foreign ministers rekindle interest in EU-ASEAN FTA | 4-August-2014

It is expected that the EU FTAs currently under negotiation with Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, and the deal already concluded with Singapore, will eventually be used as the basis for a rejuvenated region-to-region FTA.


International trade partnerships: Deal or no deal? | 3-August-2014

Obstacles in several countries could delay the negotiations of TPP and TTIP — and possibly scupper the deals entirely, says Oxford Analytica. Infographic.


L’accord final de libre-échange avec l’Europe dévoilé en septembre | 1-August-2014

Les détails de l’accord de libre-échange qui liera le Canada et l’Union européenne seront révélés le 25 septembre prochain, mettant ainsi un terme au marathon de négociations qui dure depuis la signature de l’entente de principe, il y a dix mois, selon CBC.


US lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks | 1-August-2014

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Wednesday said Japan’s refusal to drop all barriers to farm imports under a Pacific trade deal was unacceptable and urged the US administration to cut Japan and Canada out of the talks if they did not give ground.


Canada to clinch trade deal with EU in September | 1-August-2014

Canada and the European Union will release final details of their mammoth trade deal on Sept. 25 in Ottawa, ending a marathon 10 months of bargaining since Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew off to Brussels to sign the initial agreement in principle, according to CBC News.


Fiji fears force deal with EU to save sugar industry | 1-August-2014

Fears of the collapse of Fiji’s multi-million dollar sugar industry prompted its government late last month to opt for an Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA) with the European Union. Islands Business magazine investigated.


The UK-Colombia Bilateral Investment Treaty | 1-August-2014

The UK-Colombia Bilateral Investment Treaty that was ratified by the House of Commons on 10 July 2014 poses grave risks to the achievement of human rights and the successful implementation of agreements currently being made in the peace dialogues between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian Government in Havana.


El Gobierno promueve el secretismo sobre la alianza comercial UE-EEUU | 31-July-2014

Esquiva las preguntas de Amaiur sobre el TTIP y el mecanismo que permite a las multinacionales demandar a estados si sus inversiones se ven afectadas. "Si la información fuera de conocimiento público crearía un gran debate ciudadano, y el Gobierno quiere evitarlo a toda costa", asegura la formación


Colombia: Académico pagaría cárcel por compartir tesis en internet | 31-July-2014

El biólogo colombiano Diego Gómez podría ir a la cárcel por publicar una tesis ajena en internet. Para el hoy acusado de violación de derechos de autor, internet le ayudó a suplir las carencias de la biblioteca de su universidad y como retribución compartía documentos útiles en la plataforma Scribd.


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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
    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.
    Mexico purchases of US corn more than double | 31-July-2014
    Paul: Will this corn being exported to México be the Transgenic type and if so will the corn products be labelled as transgenic? I very much doubt it. México should not need to import corn, but mistakes made by the 1994 Nafta agreement meant tha ...
    AFTINET on ISDS | 13-Aug-2014

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