Member states are currently engaged in negotiations on issues that are essential for trade in services under the AfCFTA to begin.
The Office of the US Trade Representative released late last year a summary of negotiating objectives spanning 22 areas, including telecommunications and financial services.
This case involves a dispute between TECO, an energy company incorporated in the United States, and the Republic of Guatemala, over electricity rates.
South Korea’s trade ministry said Monday it plans to hold the second round of FTA negotiations with Russia in the service and investment segments, in line with the government’s efforts to deepen bilateral economic ties.
Ukraine and Israel have agreed to start to work on the expansion of the free trade agreement to cover services.
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South Korea and Russia initiated the two sides’ FTA negotiations in service and investment in Moscow on June 20.
Malaysia has signed the Asean Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the Asean Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).
China used the negative list system for the first time to conduct negotiations on service trade and investment during the second phase of China-South Korea Free Trade Agreement talks.
Trade agreements like the RCEP are designed to make it easier for foreign multinational corporations to invest and do business. In doing so, they put the rights of citizens and workers second to profits.
UK investors could seek to move their investments to jurisdiction such as Singapore and Hong Kong where they can take advantage of investment treaty protection, if a potential new Labour govenment were to nationalise public services.
French waste and water group Suez SA has contacted "specialised funds" about possibly selling its debt claims to Argentina, the group announced.
Hungarian State has been ordered to pay Sodexo an award of about 73 million euro, before interest.
US businesses are seeking a comprehensive trade deal with Japan that also includes services and investments even as Tokyo tries to limit the scope of upcoming bilateral talks to goods only.
In services sector, India is pushing for business visitor commitment for smooth movement of professionals, according to the government official.
ASEAN Economic Ministers and AEC Ministers signed the ASEAN Agreement on e-Commerce, concluded the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and finalised the fourth protocol to amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).
The German Supreme Court dismissed the original arbitration decision against Slovakia concerning the ban on health-insurance companies’ profits.
Trade agreements currently being negotiated or already approved introduce numerous restrictions over the right of states to regulate, especially in the field of financial regulation, and limits their capacity to react to ensure financial stability.
The agreement poses direct threats to the provision of high-quality public services, such as education, in particular through restricting governments’ capacity to regulate in the public interest, encouraging further liberalisation of services and expanding the rights of multinational corporations.