The US has said it looks forward to resolving outstanding issues with the Philippines and exploring the best method in which to strengthen and expand trade relations between the two countries.
Despite serious concerns on copyright piracy, the EU has raised the Philippines’ standing from “bad” to “better” in the area of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The US Trade Representative (USTR) has looked that having a free trade agreement with the Philippines is a reasonable first step in their strategy in the Asia Pacific region.
Trade Justice Pilipinas is alarmed over reports that the European Union is wavering on its commitment to protect and promote human rights in the context of its long-term strategic partnership with the Philippines.
Voting 19-0, the Senate on Monday, March 5, concurred in the ratification of the free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states, composed of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
Move seen as part of President Duterte’s push for an independent foreign policy.
The Philippines is demanding its fellow negotiating-countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to seriously commit to a speedy conclusion of their trade deal, as the latest round of talks still failed to progress beyond trade in goods modalities.
Manila will continue to focus its efforts to concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) despite the breakthrough made by the 11 remaining negotiating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Philippines’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is conducting internal studies and consultations on a possible free trade agreement with US. Philippines also hopes a substantial conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a renegotiation with Japan.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has submitted to the Senate for concurrence his ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between the Philippines and four of the world’s wealthiest states under EFTA (European Free Trade Association).
Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines in the Pacific region are among the countries in the list to start a dialogue on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which will pave the way towards FTA for promoting trade liberalization.
Taiwan and the Philippines sign a new bilateral investment agreement in Makati.
A wide-ranging meeting held November 29 between trade representatives of the Philippines and the United States covered economic issues including a bilateral free trade agreement.
The call “Southeast Asia is not for sale. We are not for sale!” echoed as hundreds marched to the historic People Power Monument along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in Manila, Philippines.
As the world financial crisis persists, developed countries like the United States and China are taking increasingly protectionist stances while they are also aggressively pursuing further liberalization of less developed countries.
Manila is sending a mission to Washington later this month to begin preliminary talks on the US-Philippines free-trade agreement.
The United States will consider a possible free trade agreement with the Philippines, a Cabinet official said.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an informal dialogue that is the first of its kind between APEC and ASEAN.
Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez stated that the Philippines is not joining the TPP, contradicting the position of Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez who renewed his interest of joining the TPP.
The struggle against TPPA is thus not yet over, but needs to be intensified as zombie TPPA-minus US proves to be worse than its predecessor.