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Europe ‘pushed off Beijing’s radar’ in China’s drive to seal US trade deal
China’s all-consuming focus on sealing a US trade deal forced its top trade negotiator to cancel a trip to Brussels, raising the risk of Europe being pushed “off a cliff”.
Stop the unfair investor-state dispute settlement against Africa
Civil society and trade union statement to oppose the recent World Bank Court ruling against Tanzania.
EU Member States agree on a plurilateral treaty to terminate bilateral investment treaties
EU Member States committed to terminate their intra-EU bilateral investment treaties in a coordinated manner by means of a plurilateral treaty.
Bad bilateral trade deals haunting Africa
The growing number of legal suits that multinational companies are bringing against Tanzania and other African countries is a major concern.
Tsai voices hope for investment accord with EU
Taiwanese President received a Dutch parliamentary and think-tank delegation, expressing the hope that it would help push for the signing of a bilateral investment agreement between Taiwan and the EU.
Georgia president eyes free trade agreement with Japan
Japan and Georgia are expected to conclude an investment agreement this year, paving the way for negotiations on a wider free trade agreement.
China’s top diplomat says ’confident’ of investment deal with EU
Leaders on both sides agreed that the negotiations will lead to decisive progress by the end of the year, allowing a high-quality agreement to be concluded in 2020.
Pres. Weah signs 15 bills into law
The 15 bills include the act to ratify the Bilateral Investment Treaty with the United Arab Emirates, the investment agreement with Morocco and the ECOWAS custom code.
Rwanda, CAR sign bilateral pacts
Rwandan and Central African Presidents witnessed the signing of a bilateral investment treaty.
China, EU on track for BIT by 2020
China and the EU are on track to reach a comprehensive bilateral investment treaty (BIT) by 2020, as the two sides are making "positive" progress and accelerating their negotiations, fueled by rising urgency created by the US’ trade protectionism against both Beijing and Brussels.
India accepts RCEP tips on investments
While India has not yet signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, it has accepted suggestions of other countries regarding rules on investments.
Singapore firms in Myanmar to get better protection under new bilateral treaty
The Bilateral Investment Treaty on the Promotion and Protection of Investments between Singapore and Myanmar aims to promote greater investment flows between the two countries.
Beyond credible commitments: (investment) treaties as focal points
Western architects of the investment regime expected the treaties to play a standard-setting role to be used in informal bargaining with host states.
Indonesia, South Korea link up amid ‘turbulent’ economic pressures
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s aggressive efforts to lure more foreign direct investment (FDI) ahead has been warmly met by South Korea.
EU–China investment negotiations: Advances on national treatment, financial services
National treatment is a sensitive issue and also featured in a dedicated study commissioned by Brussels.
US files illegal fishing complaint against S.Korea under free trade pact
US authorities for the first time filed a complaint against South Korea under environmental rules of the free trade pact between Seoul and Washington, over illegal fishing.
Luxembourg leads EU push to climate-proof Energy Charter Treaty
Critics say the Energy Charter provides excessive legal protection for oil and gas companies, which can claim uncapped reparations from governments who frustrate investments in fossil fuel projects.
Multi-billion dollar fine on Pakistan puts the spotlight on a secret court
The Reko Diq mine case shows the overreach of a secretive arbitration system.
Trade agreement between Brazil and United States will not include free-trade
Officials participating in the negotiations say the deal not only involves taxes, but also non-tariff and investment issues.
African states launch the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, creating one of the largest common markets in the world
The AfCFTA entered into force on May 30, 2019 for all States that have ratified the Agreement. Trading under the agreement will begin on July 1, 2020.