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Mexico wants steel dispute ended before new NAFTA signed: minister
Mexico wants to end to a tariff dispute over steel and aluminum with the United States prior to signing off on the reworked trade agreement.
Dairy farmers protest as NAFTA talks continue
Some 300 farmers from across Canada took to the streets of Montreal to demand the Trudeau government make good on its promise to defend supply management.
Eurogroup for Animals launches a study on biodiversity provisions in EU FTAs
Trade and Sustainable Development provisions in EU FTAs remain aspirational and there is no clear trend of improvement.
Tensions grow over the future of the ACP group
The African Union wants to have a continent-to-continent dialogue with Europe, a change that could make the framework of the Cotonou Agreement implode and leave the Pacific and Caribbean states out in the cold.
Costa Rica and China sign agreement to encourage investment and commerce
Costa Rica and China signed a cooperation agreement regarding the Silk Road Economic Belt, a Beijing initiative that aims to encourage trade and investment.
Global day of action against WTO and free trade agreements – Call to mobilise!
WTO and a host of multi-lateral and bilateral Free Trade Agreements have created criminal levels of inequality.
Revised TPP to come into force within months
The revised Trans Pacific Partnership could be in force by Christmas, opening up trade among eleven Pacific Rim nations.
Trump: Revised KORUS FTA may be signed during UN General Assembly
US President Donald Trump said that a revised trade deal between the US and South Korea may be signed later on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
India proposes stricter country of origin norms in RCEP pact
India has mooted stricter rules of origin in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement to prevent Chinese goods from indirectly flooding the country.
EFTA and Indonesia continue 15th round of negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement
The intersessional exchanges and the second half of the 15th round allowed delegations to conclude negotiations in most areas, subject to legal review of the texts, leaving only a few areas where some open issues and follow-up work remain.
Economic partnership pact with Turkey inked
Qatar and Turkey yesterday signed a bilateral economic partnership agreement, aiming at cementing trade exchange and easing restrictions on investments, trade in services and e-commerce.
Thai women’s group oppose Thailand joining CP-TPP
It is alarming to note that all the ‘impact assessments’ of CP-TPP have been conducted by large corporations, and it makes quite clear that for Thailand to join CP-TPP, only big businesses and corporations will benefit from this trade agreement.
US arbitration court can rule on Vattenfall’s German nuclear claim
A US arbitration court has rejected a German government petition that said the panel had no right to rule on a damages claim by Sweden’s Vattenfall. Berlin cited a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Algeria joins China’s Belt, Road Initiative
Algeria and China have signed a memorandum of understanding on Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.
RCEP talks may spill over to 2019, Govt to hold parleys with China, others: Prabhu
India will hold talks with Australia, New Zealand and China on Free-trade agreement in addition to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
RCEP talks: India manages major breakthrough
New Delhi won’t not take additional commitment on intellectual property rights beyond the TRIPS agreement it has already accepted at the WTO; investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism only for limited sectors.
Canada won’t compromise on culture, dispute resolution in NAFTA talks: Trudeau
Trudeau said Canadians will not sign onto a deal that does not include a dispute resolution mechanism and exemptions for cultural industries.
An FTA between China, African nations will boost global trade
Many have suggested that China and African countries, represented by African Union, should launch a feasibility study on free trade and investment facilitation negotiation.
Africa prepares to drive a hard trade bargain with EU
Increasing trade between the EU and the ACP, particularly African countries, lay at the heart of the ambition of the Cotonou Agreement. But it has not worked out that way.