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FTA talks with EU expected in early 2017
The Second round of talks for a free trade agreement between the European Union and the Philippines has been moved to early next year, delayed by “logistical” concerns.
Asean integration at the end of 2016
The launch of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015 was a milestone for Asean economic integration, which is, however, an ongoing process.
China-led Asia Pacific trade deal nears completion
Once approved, RCEP will promote free flow of goods and services among countries accounting for 30 percent of the global economy and half the world’s population.
RCEP: A devastating blow to the Philippine economy and its peoples
APRN statement on the RCEP Ministerial meeting in Cebu, Philippines on 3-4 November 2016
Philippine Government’s crackdown on nickel mining - Arbitration options for foreign investors
The viability of the Filipino nickel industry is in a state of flux following President Rodrigo Duterte’s national audit of the country’s forty mines. Lawyers explore ISDS options.
EU, PH affirm ‘solid economic ties’
EU businessmen affirmed their full commitment to the Philippines as an economic partner.
PH to engage Mexico in trade talks
The Philippines is eyeing to forge a free trade agreement with Mexico to further deepen the bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries.
PH to protect offensive interests in EU FTA talks
The Philippines will further define the country’s offensive interests and sensitivities in the ongoing bilateral free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU).
European car distributors seek tariff concession under FTA
European car distributors are asking the government to seek tariff concession for automotive under the planned Europe-Philippines free trade agreement (FTA).
DTI pursues free trade talks with EU, Chile
The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry is aggressively pursuing free trade talks with key trading partners, including the European Union and Chile, as it seeks to follow through with the gains achieved by the last administration.
Philippines holds informal TPP membership talks with US
The Philippines is eager to join the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal and it has already held informal talks with the United States to do so.
Shell takes Malampaya tax dispute vs PH to int’l arbitration body
Shell Philippines Exploration BV has raised its tax dispute with the Philippine government before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
The Philippines and TPP: opportunities and challenges
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a study that assesses a number of aspects of Philippine trade and investment law against the obligations contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement
Sugar talks with Japan in crucial phase
The Philippines has been seeking review of JPEPA since Japan has not fulfilled its commitments under the agreement.
EU-Philippines: Commission to push for ambitious energy and raw materials chapter
The European Commission will push for robust provisions on trade and investment in energy and raw materials in a free trade agreement with the Philippines
EU-PH FTA protest action in the Philippines
Health groups register their contempt for the upcoming EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement.
Citra Mina workers
The Philippine government is hoping the EU-Philippines FTA wil facilitate more tuna exports to the EU, but the industry is riddled with issues of low wages, unfair labor practices, poor and slave-like working conditions.
Signing away sovereignty
The Philippines has a web of investment treaties which severely constrain the government’s ability to regulate or close polluting mines, a legal straitjacket that will become even tighter if the EU–Philippines Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proceed
EU and Philippines kick off trade talks today
Philippine trade negotiators meet their DG Trade counterparts for a first round of trade talks, five months after they were announced, but nobody expects a cakewalk.
PH to push agri agenda at PJEPA talks
The Philippines will put forward its interests on agriculture sector during the renegotiation of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA).