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India-Gulf free trade pact likely by 2009
A free trade agreement between India and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is likely to be signed as early as 2009, official sources said.
Australia seeks free trade deal with GCC
Australian Minister for Trade Simon Crean, who is currently visiting Saudi Arabia, has reaffirmed the need to initiate talks for a free trade agreement between the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Australia.
EU-GCC business statement on EU-GCC free trade negotiations
Joint statement from business representatives of both the EU and the GCC, dated 29 October 2008
GCC-EU FTA plan gets a fillip
Bahrain yesterday exuded confidence that its current talks with Germany would expedite the signing of the much-delayed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the six-nation Gulf Cooperation nations and the 27-nation European Union that has eluded them for close to 20 years.
GCC Secretary General: EU responsible for obstructing the free trade deal
GCC Secretary General H.E. Abdurrahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah laid the responsibility on the European Union for obstructing the conclusion of the free trade agreement between the two sides which was signed in 1988 despite the developed economic and cultural bilateral relations during the last two centuries.
Japan-GCC: Free trade deal on the way
The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) is on the verge of signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Japan, it was revealed yesterday.
GCC-EU trade deal on way
A free trade agreement bonding the GCC and EU may be sealed next year. "Bilateral talks are progressing steadily," said Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Dr Essam Fakhro.
GCC, India FTA talks on track for early deal
Talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) and India have made substantial progress with the two sides committing to conclude the deal as early as possible.
GCC, India closer on FTA deal
Talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and India made substantial progress yesterday with the two sides committing to conclude the FTA as early as possible.
Gulf states set to start FTA talks with Iran
Gulf states have decided to accept an offer from Tehran to begin talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) that will add Iran to the list of many countries negotiating with the region for such a deal
Gulf states urged to end trade talks with EU
A former Saudi official yesterday urged Gulf oil producers to halt their prolonged free trade negotiations with the European Union (EU) and opt instead for separate agreements that will serve the region’s interests.
GCC criticises EU for delaying free trade deal
Gulf oil producers have criticised the European Union (EU) for delaying the signing of a landmark free trade agreement (FTA) that could support their long-standing bid to diversify their oil-reliant economies.
What lies beneath EU-GCC alliance?
How important is the trade agreement for GCC? And who will benefit more: EU or GCC?
FTA delay ’not an option’
Businessmen on both sides are pushing the GCC and the European Union towards a free trade agreement - or the next best thing, according to Bahrain-based weekly business intelligence magazine The Gulf.
Palestine in the Middle East: Opposing neoliberalism and US power
It is not merely the depth of suffering or length of exile that makes the Palestinian struggle an imperative of international solidarity in the current period. It is also the central location of the struggle within the broader context of global resistance to imperialism and neoliberalism. At the heart of this regional framework is the intrinsic relationship between the development of neoliberal capitalism in the Middle East and normalization of relations with Israel. All of the efforts of the US and their client regimes in the region are aimed at promoting these.
VAT and trade pacts clash
Imposing a value added tax (VAT) on GCC and Arab products in the UAE would be against the agreements signed by the country with other Gulf and Arab states, according to the Ministry of Economy.
SKorea, Gulf states agree to forge free trade deal next year
South Korea and six Gulf states agreed Wednesday to forge a free trade deal by the end of next year, a chief negotiator from the Seoul side said.
Korea, Gulf states to begin FTA talks
South Korea and the Gulf Cooperation Council will hold their first round of talks for a free-trade agreement in Seoul next week, seeking to establish a basic approach for negotiating the envisioned deal
GCC rejects strings to EU free trade deal
Gulf Cooperation Council says will not accept any political conditions by the European Union to sign a free trade agreement. The EU’s final position is expected in July.
GCC, EFTA to sign FTA by year-end
A free trade agreement between the GCC and the European Free Trade Association could be signed by the end of 2008, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.