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US trade czar Tai to discuss trade deal with UK next week
Newly confirmed US Trade Representative Katherine Tai will speak with her British counterpart, Secretary Liz Truss, next week to further talks on a possible trade agreement.
India-EU trade talks may see progress at Portugal summit
India and the European Union (EU) may announce some progress in negotiations relating to a broad-based trade and investment agreement during the India-EU summit scheduled for 8 May.
In Washington, ‘free trade’ is no longer gospel
Like its predecessor, the Biden administration has largely dispensed with the idea of free trade as a goal in and of itself.
Pakistan promotes Belt and Road port for Central Asian trade
Pakistan is offering access to Gwadar port, a strategic component in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to landlocked Central Asian countries in the hope of stimulating activity at the idle facility.
Kenya must up industrial game to survive trade deal with UK
About 82.6% of goods and services originating from the UK will benefit from preferential access to the Kenyan market. KAM says the country must improve her manufacturing competitiveness ahead of the trade liberalization.
Kenya Flower Council pushes for approval of the Kenya-UK trade deal to guarantee export of flowers to the UK
Kenya Flower Council (KFC) has expressed its support for the immediate approval of the Kenya-UK trade deal signed on December 8 2020.
EU/Morocco free trade agreement: Polisario Front optimistic about European Court of Justice verdict
The Polisario Front is optimistic about the new verdict of the European Court of Justice concerning the motion for annulment of the agreement on the extension of the EU/Morocco free trade and association agreements in the territory of Western Sahara.
To what extent will the AfCFTA impact the number of ISDS cases involving African States?
Only 21% of cases administered by ICSID involve African investors, however, this may change with the introduction of AfCFTA, and we may begin to see more disputes involving African investors and African states.
“Super-protections” for corporations
How investment treaties and investor-to-state dispute settlement grant foreign investors greater rights than Dutch and EU law.
India, Bangladesh to sign economic pact over next five years: EIU
India and Bangladesh are expected to sign an economic partnership agreement over the next five years which will preserve trade rights for Bangladesh.
Critics raise alarm over EU-China deal
An investment deal between China and the European Union restricts Europeans from investing in Chinese media and entertainment companies but does not block Chinese firms from investing in European ones.
EU begins legal action against UK over Brexit violation
It follows Britain’s unilateral decision to delay implementing a key part of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland.
China-EU comprehensive agreement on investment: Ineffective in protecting labour rights and acting on environmental justice
Without thinking about environmental action beyond emissions and enacting binding agreements on protecting workers’ rights, China and the EU fail at making meaningful change for both labour and environmental justice.
Why Britain is tilting to the Indo-Pacific region
Critics warn of imperial fantasy but the economic and political forces pulling the UK back to the region are real.
Canada UK begins trade negotiations
Canada launched public consultations on new trade negotiations with the United Kingdom.
UK’s organic farmers raise concerns about future of ag sector and potential trade deals
Roger Kerr, CEO of Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), has penned an open letter in response to the UK’s Trade and Agriculture Commission report.
The House of Lords discusses Sahara and UK-Morocco association agreement
The UK-Morocco association agreement and including the Sahara within the territorial scope of said deal was discussed this week at the House of Lords.
EU hesitates over investment deal with increasingly authoritarian China
Beijing and Brussels are trying to finalise what has been described as ’the biggest investment agreement’ in history. But will it ever be ratified?
Stop EU-Mercosur coalition statement
More than 450 organizations launch a joint statement calling on governments to stop the EU-Mercosur agreement.
Taiwan allows US pork imports to open free trade with Washington – opposition
Taiwan on January 1, lifted a ban on U.S. pork imports containing a leanness-enhancing additive despite strong public opposition to gain free trade with Washington, oppositions aid Friday.