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  • 21-Dec-2004 Scoop
    Release of NZ-Thai CEP agreement texts
    The New Zealand government today published the text of the Closer Economic Partnership agreement between New Zealand and Thailand.
  • 21-Dec-2004 Prensa Latina
    Ecuador y Chile firmarán un TLC en marzo de 2005
    Ecuador y Chile firmarán un Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) en marzo del 2005, resaltó hoy Roberto Aspiazu, vocero del Comité Empresarial Ecuatoriano.
  • 20-Dec-2004 Reuters
    Japan panel urges steps to speed free trade accords
    Japan needs to work on loosening restrictions in domestic agriculture and labour and to work effectively to more swiftly forge free trade agreements (FTAs), the government’s top advisory panel said on Monday.
  • 20-Dec-2004 Jakarta Post
    The benefits and dangers of bilateral FTAs for Indonesia
    It might be that the best path of all for the Indonesian government to reassess its commitment to pursue free trade. Bilateral FTAs are nothing more than hidden tools used to secure the privileges and the wealth of multinational corporations and to advance the interests of powerful governments.
  • 20-Dec-2004 Times of India
    Malaysian PM calls for FTA with India
    Malaysian PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmed Badawi on Monday underlined the need to strengthen India-Malaysia economic and trade co-operation through a free-trade agreement (FTA).
  • 19-Dec-2004 Znet
    Analysis: Why say no to FTAA
    Colombia will suffer the same fate with either the FTAA or the [US] FTA, since it is clear that it is the same policy initiated in 1990, but elevated to the nth power.
  • 19-Dec-2004 The Daily Star
    Assess strengths, needs before going for FTA
    Speakers at a business session yesterday said Bangladesh and Malaysia can strike a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) after taking into account the strengths and needs of both these countries.
  • 19-Dec-2004 The New Nation
    Saifur favours FTA with Malaysia
    Bangladesh Finance Minister Saifur proposed to initiate Bangladesh-Malaysia free trade agreement if sub-regional economic bloc among the OIC [Organisation of the Islamic Conference] member-states is not possible.
  • 19-Dec-2004 Courrier international
    L’Arabie saoudite isolée face à ses partenaires du CCG
    L’Arabie saoudite a levé son opposition à l’accord de libre-échange que Bahreïn a conclu avec les Etats-Unis.
  • 19-Dec-2004 Korea Times
    Prospects for Korea-US free trade agreement
    While there have been suggestions that the second GW Bush administration may consider an FTA with Korea, any such agreement would be an uphill battle for several reasons.
  • 18-Dec-2004 AFP
    Congreso salvadoreño aprobó Tratado de Libre Comercio con EEUU
    El congreso salvadoreño ratificó este viernes el Tratado de Libre Comercio con Estados Unidos [CAFTA], con lo cual se convirtió en el primer país centroamericano en dar ese paso, pese al rechazo de la oposición de izquierda.
  • 18-Dec-2004 Yomiuri Shimbun
    Japan-S. Korea FTA faces stormy ride
    Negotiations to conclude a free trade agreement between Japan and South Korea are expected to face tough going because of ongoing disputes in specific areas of bilateral trade.
  • 18-Dec-2004 Taipei Times
    ASEAN and China sign ’dirty’ FTA
    ASEAN on Dec. 2 signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, a move that has grabbed the world’s attention. The agreement won’t take force until 2010. But since it involves a realignment in the region’s integration, it has caused a domino effect.
  • 18-Dec-2004 Channel News Asia
    Japan proposes FTA talks with South Korea in January
    Japan’s Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura proposed Saturday Japan and South Korea hold talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) as early as January next year.
  • 17-Dec-2004 PDI
    Viewpoint: Is ASEAN irrelevant?
    Drastic imbalance is likely to be the result of the China-ASEAN FTA. But the blame for this is not China’s. The responsibility is largely ASEAN’s. We had 30 years to build an ASEAN house, and we blew it.
  • 17-Dec-2004
    Allgeier praises growth of bilateral trade between Uruguay and the U.S.
    Deputy United States Trade Representative Peter F. Allgeier states recently signed BIT with Uruguay will raise investor confidence and lower the perceived country risk.
  • 17-Dec-2004 Diario El Mundo
    El Salvador: Movimiento anti-TLC se toma la Asamblea
    Unas 200 personas pertenecientes al Movimiento Popular de Resistencia 12 de octubre “MPR-12” se tomaron por una hora y media las instalaciones de la Asamblea Legislativa para protestar en contra del Tratado de Libre Comercio con Estados Unidos.
  • 16-Dec-2004 Mail and Guardian
    Egyptians protest trade accord with Israel
    Scores of Egyptians protested across the country on Tuesday against the signing of a strategic trade and industry accord between Egypt and Israel, slamming the agreement as a form of colonialism.
  • 16-Dec-2004 Daily Star
    Agriculture: Arab trade agreement may be fatal for Lebanon’s farmers
    Lebanese farmers say the Greater Arab Free Trade Agreement (Gafta) could wipe them out when it goes into effect Jan. 1. If that happens, they promise to take to the streets in protest.
  • 16-Dec-2004
    Egypt-Israel-US trade pact sparks demonstrations
    As the first Arab nation, the government of Egypt yesterday signed a trade pact with its neighbour Israel that will help breaking the latter’s economic isolation. After the controversial trade agreement was made known, demonstrations broke out throughout the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
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