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  • 26-May-2004
    Nigeria: Unions Seek Ways Out of Cotonou Pact Dilemma
    As the impact of the trade agreement between the disadvantaged African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries on the one hand, and the advantaged European countries on the other hand, known as Lome 1-4 Agreements between 1975 and 2000, and the new agreement called "Cotonou Agreement" signed on June 23, 2003 between the developing countries of 77 ACP and European Union (EU).
  • 26-May-2004
    NZ-China: Free trade deal with China an insurance policy, Cullen says
    A free trade agreement with China is an insurance policy against the collapse of World Trade Organisation talks, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
  • 26-May-2004
    Common Quality Norms Are Vital In SAFTA Trade
    Countries across the globe are realising the importance of regional trading blocks. The South Asian countries too have now felt the urgency of such an arrangement.
  • 26-May-2004
    NZ-Chile: Chile pact has potential to rival huge northern blocs
    A new trade deal with Chile could be a significant spur for the development of a Southern Hemisphere counterweight to huge northern pacts such as the European Union and the North American free trade agreement, a study by Victoria University researchers says.
  • 26-May-2004
    China-Australia: Free trade foreplay to speed up
    Australia and China have agreed to accelerate overtures that could lead to a free-trade agreement, after talks between Trade Minister Mark Vaile and top-ranking Chinese ministers in Beijing.
  • 26-May-2004
    My vision of China free trade role: academic
    China should become the focal point of an East Asian free trade zone to rival other blocks such as the European Union and the North American Free Trade Area (Nafta), a leading academic claims.
  • 26-May-2004
    Japan Needs FTAs
    Free trade agreements are now becoming the rule in world trade and Japan is at a big disadvantage if it does not take part in the game.
  • 26-May-2004
    Prescriptions may rise 30% under FTA: academic
    The free trade agreement with the United States would lead to Australians paying 30 per cent more for prescription drugs, a leading American academic warned today.
  • 26-May-2004
    Turkey considers FTA with Bahrain
    Turkey was searching possibilities to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Bahrain, which was getting prepared to sign one with the United States, Turkish Finance Minister said on Thursday.
  • 26-May-2004
    Pakistan and Sri Lanka FTA talks on June 4-5
    A four-member Pakistani delegation will visit Sri Lanka from June 3 to June 10 to finalise the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the government of Sri Lanka and to attend the third meeting of the Committee of Experts (COE) on carrying forward the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) process.
  • 26-May-2004
    Businesses Lukewarm on Korea-Japan FTA
    In contrast to the recent push for adopting a free trade agreement (FTA) with Chile, leading business organizations, including the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and Korea Federation of Small Business (KFSB), take a cautious approach to back ongoing FTA talks with Japan.
  • 26-May-2004
    Jordan, Israel upgrade trade accord
    Jordan and Israel upgraded their trade accord Sunday in hopes of doing more business with Europe.
  • 25-May-2004
    The United States and the new regionalism/bilateralism
    Current U.S. trade policy stresses establishing free trade areas (FTAs) with partners spanning the globe. Motivations include enhancing goods and services trade; stimulating investment flows; extending standards on intellectual property rights, labor, and the environment; and addressing geopolitical concerns.
  • 25-May-2004 FTA with Paraguay being pursued
    Taiwan seeks FTA with Paraguay
    Taiwan is probing the possibility of signing a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Paraguay, a government official confirmed yesterday.
  • 25-May-2004 China-ASEAN free trade agreement expected to be concluded soon
    China-ASEAN FTA to be concluded soon
    Negotiations on the establishment of a free trade area (FTA) between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are now expected to be concluded soon.
  • 25-May-2004 FTA undermines principle of affordable drugs for all
    FTA undermines principle of affordable drugs for all
    The Australian Senate should delay implementing legislation for the Free Trade Agreement with the US. Countries such as Brazil and Thailand, with large generic pharmaceutical industries, are looking to Australia for leadership in countering this US bilateral push for global uniformly of high pharmaceutical prices through aggressive intellectual property (IP) protection.
  • 23-May-2004
    FTA with US: Thai investors ’set to reap big benefits’
    The upcoming Thai-US free-trade agreement will benefit Thai investors as further business opportunities open up in a vast market which imports goods and services worth about US$1.5 trillion (Bt60 trillion) annually.
  • 21-May-2004 DG Trade
    Russia-WTO: EU-Russia deal brings Russia a step closer to WTO membership
    EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and the Russian Economy Development and Trade Minister German Gref have signed today the agreement concluding the bilateral market access negotiations for the accession of the Russian Federation to the WTO, in the presence of the European Commission President Romano Prodi, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the President of the European Council Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.
  • 20-May-2004
    Analysis: The Elephant, the Rabbit, the Cobra and the Gold
    Every time I visit Bangkok I see it. "Power is nothing without control" reads an advertising billboard for a transnational tyre company near Chulalongkorn University. This February, Pirelli’s slogan summed up the US philosophy for its proposed bilateral free trade and investment agreement with Thailand.
  • 20-May-2004 Marchas en Bogotá le dicen no al ALCA y TLC
    Marchas en Bogotá le dicen no al ALCA y TLC
    En una gran manifestación que reunió a más de cuatro mil personas en la Plaza de Bolívar de Bogotá, distintos sectores le dijeron no al ALCA y al Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) que Colombia, Ecuador y Perú negocian desde el marte en la noche con los Estados Unidos en la ciudad costera de Cartagena.
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