The European Union is hoping to use next week’s summit with China (25 October) to press the Chinese authorities on obstacles facing European investors and to discuss access for European bidders to China’s public-procurement market.
India has convinced both New Zealand and Australia not to include the subject in the ongoing negotiations
For over four years now, India has been negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) - the largest trade and investment deal the country has ever embarked on. As much as New Delhi expects to lure the European market and investments closer to India, the actual consequences for the country’s economy could be dire: the open up of public procurement, the deregulation of the banking, automobile, retail and mining industries plus the adverse impact the deal will have in small-scale farmers make of this FTA a counter-productive undertaking.
Last weekend, municipal councillors from across Canada met in Halifax for the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention. On the agenda were infrastructure renewal, how to best deliver social services, and how cities should confront climate change. But if you were following the FCM’s Twitter hashtag Saturday morning, you’ll have seen that trade was perhaps the most controversial topic of discussion, namely the Canada-EU free trade agreement.
Free-trade talks between Canada and the European Union will enter a crucial phase early next year, when the provinces will be asked to clarify where they stand on opening their procurement contracts to foreign bidders — a potential dealbreaker for the Europeans.
The National Farmers Union is raising alarm bells over a proposed trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.
The trade agreement will give Canadian companies access to the government procurement market in the Central American country, including the expansion of the Panama Canal, Van Loan said at the time.
India is not likely to entertain requests for opening government procurement in its FTA negotiations with EU and Japan respectively.
Following the conclusion of an FTA with South Korea, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, has stepped up efforts to reinvigorate the trade negotiations with India. However, two key contentious issues are standing in the way of further progress, namely tariff liberalisation and public procurement.
One obstacle in US-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement talks may be taken off the table following high-powered discussions on government procurement between the two trade partners.
India and Japan will start a fresh round of talks on a free trade agreement on 29 September after discussions in January remained inconclusive because the countries failed to find common ground on a few contentious issues.
Ahead of the next round of talks on a bilateral trade treaty with India, the European Union today said it was keen that the comprehensive pact included government procurement agreement, which India has resisted so far.
European corporations and the EU have made clear their top objective is access to procurement within provincial jurisdiction.
Canada is interested in a free trade deal with the United States that would open up local government procurements to both countries. The interest comes as Canadian companies continue to report difficulties in winning government contracts in US cities because of "Buy American" provisions in President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill.
Malaysia has moved one step forward in the US-Malaysia free trade agreement (FTA) talks, specifically on the issue of government procurement.
This paper on government procurement and EPAs written by Stephen Woolcock from LSE recommends that ACP countries first open their procurement markets on a regional basis, before making commitments to the EU.
Malaysia urged the United States on Wednesday to drop contentious issues from their free trade talks so that a deal can be forged.
States around the US are growing increasingly worried about the threats posed to their laws and regulations by the secret tribunals that resolve disputes in international trade. "Free trade agreements are to state sovereignty and economic development what global climate change is to the environment and natural resources," said state Sen. Virginia Lyons, D-Chittenden.
"Both sides would like to finish this as quickly as possible," a US official told reporters