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  • 18-Nov-2004 WB
    New World Bank study on regional and bilateral trade agreements
    This report addresses two questions: What are the characteristics of agreements that strongly promote-or hinder-development for member countries? Does the proliferation of agreements pose risks to the multilateral trading system, and how can those risks be managed?
  • 17-Nov-2004 VNS
    Viet Nam eyes more FTA involvement
    Viet Nam will start its first round of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Japan and South Korea next year, as well as prepare for negotiations with Australia and New Zealand in the near future, said a Ministry of Trade official on Monday.
  • 17-Nov-2004 Yonhap
    Roh, Lula agree to launch study into Korea-Mercosur FTA
    South Korea and Brazil have agreed to launch a joint feasibility study into signing a Free Trade Agreement between South Korea and the South American common market of Mercosur.
  • 17-Nov-2004 NZPA
    Apec FTA proposal raising interest
    A proposal for an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement is attracting significant interest at a ministerial-level meeting of member countries in Santiago, Chile, NZ Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today.
  • 17-Nov-2004 Gulf Daily News
    Oman keen on signing FTA with US
    The Bush administration said on Monday it would begin free trade negotiations with Oman, as well as the UAE, as part of Bush’s efforts to promote economic growth in the Middle East.
  • 17-Nov-2004 EFE
    Negociación propiedad intelectual está "totalmente empantanada"
    "Estados Unidos pide todo, por así decirlo, y nosotros no estamos dispuestos a conceder nada; en esos términos es imposible avanzar"
  • 17-Nov-2004 IPS
    Andean nations clash with US on patenting life forms
    Access to genetic resources in South America’s Andean region, which holds a quarter of the planet’s biodiversity, is a point of discord in the free trade agreement that the United States has been negotiating with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru since May.
  • 16-Nov-2004 USTR
    US announces intent to negotiate FTAs with UAE and Oman
    US Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick today announced the Administration’s intent to negotiate Free Trade Agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
  • 14-Nov-2004
    Japan, Chile to set up joint FTA study board
    Japan and Chile are expected to set up a joint study board aimed at concluding a free trade agreement.
  • 14-Nov-2004 Malaysia Star
    Chile wants study of RTAs and FTAs within Asia-Pacific
    Chile wants a study of regional trading arrangements (RTAs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) within the Asia Pacific region, and this is likely to be discussed by the leaders at the forthcoming APEC Summit in Santiago.
  • 13-Nov-2004 New Zealand Herald
    Lockwood Smith: Second-term Bush presidency good for world trade
    While terrorism and security are, for good reason, high in people’s minds right now, global trade developments are critically important for New Zealand over the next two to three years.
  • 13-Nov-2004 MCOT
    Thailand: Academics call for temporary suspension of FTA talks with US
    Thai academics called on the government on Friday to temporarily suspend ongoing free trade area (FTA) negotiations with the United States, and suggested it to identify impacts on the country’s intellectual property rights and agricultural products.
  • 13-Nov-2004 Arabic News
    US Senator: Egypt, US free trade agreement negotiations begin soon
    Chairman of the US Congress Budged Committee Senator Bill Thomas said Egypt-US Free Trade Area (FTA) talks would soon begin.
  • 12-Nov-2004 Out-law.com
    EU takes piracy fight to non-EU countries
    The European Commission yesterday launched a new campaign to tackle IPR deficiencies in countries outside the European Union.
  • 12-Nov-2004 The Australia Institute
    Trading in food safety? The impact of trade agreements on quarantine in Australia
    Australia has always enjoyed rigorous national food standards that were applied equally to both domestically produced and imported food. The capacity to maintain and apply these standards, however, is now being undermined by international trade agreements and procedures for settling trade disputes with a result that challenges to public health are being significantly increased.
  • 12-Nov-2004 ABAC
    ABAC: Assessment of the Proposal for an FTAAP
    An Issues Paper for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)
  • 11-Nov-2004
    The Indian connection
    SINGAPORE’S High Commissioner to India is optimistic about a favourable outcome soon to negotiations for an economic cooperation agreement that is expected to open up substantial business opportunities for the two countries.
  • 11-Nov-2004 La Hora, Ecuador
    TLC: Andinos se preparan para sexta ronda
    Entre el lunes y miércoles de la próxima semana, los equipos de Colombia, Ecuador y Perú que negocian un Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con Estados Unidos, se reunirán en Bogotá
  • 11-Nov-2004
    Singapore -Thailand see need to implement ASEAN free trade earlier
    Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his visiting Singapore counterpart Lee Hsian Loong have shared the same view that the planned ASEAN trade liberalization should be implemented and achieved earlier than originally set in 2020, according to Government Spokesman Chakraphob Penkair.
  • 11-Nov-2004 Asia Today
    ‘East Asia trade bloc would balance NAFTA and EU’
    Beijing would like to see the emergence of an East Asian arrangement such as the European Union or the North America Free Trade Arrangement (NAFTA). Such an East Asian grouping would balance the world system, which is slowly being carved into blocs.
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