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US, Panama to begin free-trade negotiations in late April
The United States and Panama announced March 26 that they will begin free-trade negotiations in Panama City, Panama, during the week of April 26, according to a press release issued by the Office of the US Trade Representative.
America will not wait for the won’t-do countries -Zoellick FT op-ed
The final minutes of the World Trade Organisation session in Cancun were symptomatic of the whole meeting: we stalled after representatives of the least developed, African, and Caribbean countries reported that their colleagues had rejected any negotiation to update the 1947 rules on customs procedures.
Chile aims for free trade talks with China
Chile said Wednesday it wants to improve ties with China in the hope of eventually signing a free trade agreement and has set a date with Beijing for preliminary talks.
Dhaka set to sign Tifa with Washington
Bangladesh is set to sign a trade and investment accord with the US aimed to give bilateral trade and commerce a shape, as trade officials of the two countries sit at the commerce ministry today to thrash out some minor outstanding issues.
Pakistan, US meeting in April under TIFA
Pakistan and the United States will hold in early April their first bilateral meeting in Washington under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) signed last year to increase commercial cooperation between the two countries.
Bangladesh TIFA with US in three months
Bangladesh has agreed to sign the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the United States within the next two to three months.
Saudi-US TIFA designed to boost ties after Sept. 11 events
Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Hashim Yamani and US Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick signed in Washington last week a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) designed to boost bilateral relations in the wake of the Sept. 11 events and the Iraq war. The agreement, signed in Washington on July 31, was released by the US Embassy here yesterday.
New ACP-EU trade arrangements: New barriers to eradicating poverty?
The liberalisation of trade between the EU and ACP countries through the current EPA negotiations will be detrimental to poverty reduction programmes and could even undermine the Cotonou Agreement itself. This is the conclusion of a new independent civil society study published by Eurostep and its partners from five ACP countries.
FTAAs/IIRSA, Plan Colombia and the Axis of Western Development
The North American Free Trade Treaty (NAFTA, Jan 1994), the Free Trade Area for the Americas (FTAAs, December 1994), Plan Colombia (1999), the Regional Integration of Infrastructure in South America (RIISA, September 2000) and the Plan Puebla Panamá (PPP, March 2001) are the building blocks of the US hegemonic policy for the Americas and the Caribbean.
Korea: Employers Concerned About FTA With Japan
The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) on Friday proposed that the government take a cautious approach to the ongoing Korea-Japan free trade agreement (FTA) talks, demanding a delay of in the schedule for cutting tariffs on Japanese imports.
SAFTA Is On Track, But FTA...?
When the seven SAARC members signed the free trade agreement (SAFTA) in January 2004, there was some scepticism regarding its progress and implementation, given that SAARC itself had been mired under inter-state tensions.
Operation enduring free trade: War, the Middle East and Bush’s bilateral free trade and investment crusade
While US forces bombed, murdered and maimed their way to "freedom" and "democracy" in Falluja and across Iraq, George Bush reiterated his vision for the Middle East to the US public on April 13th, 2004
US and Malaysia sign TIFA
The United States and Malaysia have signed an agreement to set up a special forum to address trade issues, Washington’s fifth such pact with export-driven Southeast Asian nations.
US and Colombia to Begin FTA Negotiations on 18 May 2004
Following meetings between President Bush and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, the United States and Colombia announced today that free trade negotiations between the two countries, and possibly other Andean countries, will begin May 18-19. U.S.
PICTA, PACER and EPAs: Where are we going?
It has been a relatively easy matter for Pacific Islands Country (PIC) governments to sign regional trade agreements such as PICTA (Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement - excluding Australia and New Zealand) and PACER (Pacific Agreement for Closer Economic Relations - including Australia and NZ.)
US pushes for all-embracing free trade pact with Thailand
US business groups pushed for a comprehensive free trade agreement with Thailand, including quota-free sugar imports opposed by American farmers and a Thai guarantee to weed out corruption.
Cabinet urged to approve FTA talks with US
The Commerce Ministry will seek Cabinet approval tomorrow to kick off formal talks with the United States on striking a comprehensive pact on bilateral free trade.
FTA teams to take cautious approach
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has decided not to rush into free trade agreements (FTAs) due to the rise of strong opposition, a trade negotiator said yesterday.
Free trade worries at Nadi meeting
Nadi - There has not been enough public discussion on the creation of a Pacific free trade area, Fiji interest groups said yesterday. The issue was led by Stanley Simpson, of the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG).
FTA talks with US to start in June
Washington has made another step toward the Thai-US free trade area by convincing its Bangkok counterparts that the first round of negotiations can start in the next three months.