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  • 15-Dec-2004 ANN
    Twelve-country report on FTAs
    A report on the status of FTA fever in 12 Asian countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • 15-Dec-2004 The Nation
    South Korea is a latecomer on freer trade
    Until April, South Korea was the only member of the World Trade Organisation other than Mongolia without a free-trade agreement (FTA). Now it is trying to catch up in a hurry.
  • 15-Dec-2004 Pravda
    Cuba and Venezuela slam US Free Trade Area of the Americas
    In a new bid to challenge the US backed Free Trade Area of the Americas, Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Tuesday announced in Havana an alternative bloc for the region based in mutual cooperation among states rather than in pure pro-market policies.
  • 14-Dec-2004 La patria en línea
    Bolivia: advierten que los conflictos sociales se profundizarán el 2005 por ingreso al TLC
    Varias organizaciones sociales y sindicales advirtieron el lunes que los conflictos sociales se profundizarán el 2005 por la decisión unilateral del gobierno de ingresar a negociar el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) Andino con Estados Unidos
  • 14-Dec-2004
    Signing of Qualified Industrial Zones Agreement (QIZ)
    On December 14, Israel, Egypt and the United States will sign the agreement leading to the establishment of Qualified Industrial Zones in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 14-Dec-2004
    Egypt, Israel sign deal on free trade with US
    Egypt and Israel will sign a joint free-trade agreement with the United States in Cairo today
  • 14-Dec-2004
    Gov’t seeks ’Kaesong provision’ in future FTAs
    The South Korean government said that it will seek provisions in future free trade talks that will permit preferential duties for products from the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea so that they will be treated as if produced in the South.
  • 14-Dec-2004
    New FTA website to be created
    A new website dedicated to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Bahrain and the US is being created by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • 14-Dec-2004
    Third round of Thai-US FTA talks postponed until after election
    The third round of free trade talks between the United States and Thailand has been postponed until after the latter’s general election in February 2005, local press reported on Monday.
  • 14-Dec-2004 GURN (135kb PDF)
    Labour: The spread of bilateral trade agreements
    This report looks at major Customs Unions, Free Trade Areas, and economic association agreements around the world, with particular attention to any clauses covering social issues, core labour standards and trade union participation.
  • 14-Dec-2004 University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
    China’s new regional trade agreements
    This paper discusses the recent regional trade agreements that China has concluded rapidly following accession to the WTO in 2002.
  • 14-Dec-2004 Khaleej Times
    Egypt, Israel, US sign partial free trade deal
    The agreement on Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs) opens the US market to goods produced in Egypt with Israeli inputs, promises jobs for Egyptians while offering Israel a symbolic economic foothold in the largest Arab nation.
  • 13-Dec-2004
    Tectonic trends in trade [Christian Science Monitor viewpoint]
    Two political tremors in recent days reveal that the global trading system may be creaking and groaning into isolated blocs of countries - without the United States.
  • 12-Dec-2004
    Chile, Peru to start FTA negotiations in January
    Chile and Peru will start negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) in January, local press cited Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker as saying on Saturday.
  • 12-Dec-2004
    Pakistan, Mexico will negotiate free trade agreement
    Mexico City: President Pervez Musharraf said on Friday that Pakistan and Mexico had agreed to negotiate a free trade agreement, hoping it would pave the way for booming bilateral trade.
  • 12-Dec-2004
    ’Singapore can be Iran’s anchor into Asia’
    Singapore can be a springboard for oil-rich Iran to expand its business links in Asia, Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang said Thursday as the city-state emphasised its desire for closer bilateral trade ties, IRIB reported.
  • 12-Dec-2004 ColomboPage News Desk
    Sri Lanka, Iran sign bilateral agreements
    Sri Lanka and Iran signed a preferential trade agreement and several memoranda of understanding yesterday at the Islamic Republic Mansion in Tehran, the Office of the President said.
  • 12-Dec-2004
    Sino-Asean free trade pact a bane to RP, says Ibon
    An economic research group warned an upcoming free trade agreement between China and the Association of Southeast Nations will have adverse effects on the country’s economy.
  • 12-Dec-2004
    Asian free trade vogue could heat up
    Free trade agreements are flying around East Asia these days, with even India, from South Asia, getting a piece of the action.
  • 12-Dec-2004 Globes [online]
    Tefron’s Yosef Shiran: Free trade agreement a death blow to local textile industry
    Delta Galil Industries chairman Dov Lautman, currently in London, told "Globes" this morning that the free trade agreement with Egypt was not only an economic achievement, but also a major political one. "The agreement will contribute to Israel’s economy, and to political reality in the Middle East."
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