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’New economic chapter’ as Indonesia free-trade agreement begins
Australia’s new free-trade agreement with Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country, officially began on Sunday.
Prairie Mining secures litigation funding to sue Poland
The claims had arisen out of certain measures taken by Poland, allegedly in breach of the Energy Charter Treaty and the Australia-Poland Bilateral Investment Treaty.
China delivers further tariff slap to Aussie grains sector
The China - Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has not been enough to protect Australia’s grains industry from China raising import tariffs on barley and sorghum.
Solomons ratifies Pacer Plus amid calls for re-think
Solomon Islands is the sixth country to ratify Pacer Plus. The agreement comes into force 60 days after at least eight of the 11 signatories have ratified.
UK begins talks with Australia and New Zealand on free trade deal for post-Brexit era
Australian and New Zealand ministers say they are eager to do deals with the UK as their economies emerge from the coronavirus crisis.
India to step up free trade agreement talks despite self-reliance mantra
India hasn’t shunned efforts to forge “balanced” trade agreements despite renewed push for self-reliance, and talks with key partners, including the US, the EU and Australia, will gain momentum once the impact of the pandemic wanes considerably.
Survival clause under Aus-Indo bit will not survive the implementation of IA-CEPA
On 5 February 2020, Australia and Indonesia signed an exchange of letters agreeing to the termination of the Aus-Indo BIT and its sunset clause.
Trade officials to discuss Australia-UK free trade deal within weeks
Australia is beginning to hold formal talks with the UK over its first post-Brexit free trade agreement.
Indonesian FTA kicks in on July 5
Australia’s free trade agreement with Indonesia as its biggest neighbour will finally kick into gear on July 5.
Corporations prepare to sue over action to save lives as pandemic reveals trade flaws
Global companies are positioning themselves to use little-known rules in trade agreements to claim millions of dollars in compensation for restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
COVID-19 risks stalling the Indonesia-Australia Economic Partnership
It’s been a year since the signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA); the global pandemic could delay the next critical steps.
Singapore, Australia agree to promote data connectivity, digital economy
Singapore and Australia have committed to allowing financial institutions to choose where their data is stored and prohibiting data localisation, among a raft of other agreements.
India exploring nuts and bolts of possible FTA with Australia
Trade Ministers of both countries are working on what they can offer each other.
US urges Australia to expand Pacific push to South-East Asia to counter China’s expansion
The Trump Administration has called on the Morrison Government to extend its "step-up" strategy in the Pacific to South-East Asia, as Washington grapples with China’s rising regional influence.
Regional MPs call for greater transparency of RCEP negotiations
As ministers of the member countries of the RCEP meet for final negotiations over the trade agreement this week, regional lawmakers today expressed concern about the lack of parliamentary and public oversight of the deal, as well as its potential human rights impacts.
Pacific shouldering burden in unbalanced PACER-Plus Trade Deal
The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are taking on disproportionate binding commitments in exchange for false promises of benefits from the regional free trade deal known as PACER-Plus.
PACER-Plus development assistance analysis: No new money but still with strings attached
What the development assistance arrangement results in, is aid money, tightly controlled by Australia and New Zealand to flow to areas that will make Forum Island Countries uphold their commitments on market access, ultimately benefiting the two metropolitan Parties.
PACER-Plus labour mobility analysis: Unbound promises and an annual meeting
PACER-Plus itself achieved little by way of actual improvements for Pacific Islander workers to access the labour markets of Australia and New Zealand.
India, Australia agree to consider reviving talks for FTA
India and Australia agreed to consider reviving stalled negotiations on the proposed free trade agreement (FTA)
Australia willing to consider bilateral FTA with India on the lines of RCEP
Australian Trade Minister leads high-level delegation, holds talk with Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal.