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Vietnam frees dissidents as it eyes US & regional trade deals
Vietnam has released two more high-profile dissidents, making a total of four political prisoners freed over the past three weeks.
TPP talks with US forge on
With US President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo approaching, Japanese and US trade chiefs are set to face off again in Washington as they strive to break a deadlock in talks on a massive free trade zone in the Pacific region.
Mercosur proposal to present the EU expected to be ready by end of April
Argentine cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich confirmed on Tuesday ’significant advances’ in the elaboration of Mercosur’s joint proposal to exchange with the European Union for discussions on a much delayed wide ranging cooperation and trade agreement.
Comprehensive FTA with South Korea proposed: Mamnoon
President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday urged the need for transforming the traditional close and cordial relationship between Pakistan and Republic of Korea into a substantive trade and economic partnership to the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries. The President stated this during his meeting with Chung Hong-won, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea here at the Presidency.
FTA signing highlight of Najib’s Ankara trip
The signing of a Free Trade Agreement between Kuala Lumpur and Ankara will be the highlight of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s two-day visit to Turkey.
The tar sands mystery and the smoking TTIP gun
The EU’s motivation for a proposal to scrap greenhouse gas intensity targets in its flagship Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which regulates emissions from transport fuels, has been shrouded in mystery since it was first mooted three months ago, but EurActiv has uncovered new information.
Fresh TPP talks to start Tuesday
Japan and the United States will hold working-level talks on the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative in Washington from Tuesday to Thursday, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Saturday.
China wants to import workers under FTA
The Australian government is facing demands from China that it be allowed to import workers for projects funded by Chinese investors as part of the free-trade agreement.
Australia seeks GCC free trade agreement
Australia is keen to resume its negotiations with Gulf countries on a free trade agreement, or FTA, in addition to foreign investment in a number of sectors, Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said in Dubai on Sunday.
Pakistan seeks free trade agreement with South Korea
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Monday that Pakistan sought a free trade agreement with South Korea, DawnNews reported.
SUNFLOWER SIEGE AFTERMATH: FTAs are critical for competitiveness: representative to US
New Representative to the US Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡) on Friday said that the signing of free-trade agreements (FTAs) is critical to Taiwan’s competitive edge and its economic future.
Govt backs TPP to trump Aust-Japan trade deal
Trade Minister Tim Groser is not impressed by Australia’s free trade agreement with Japan and hopes it will be ignored by the United States within the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Rules for foreign investment in farmland ’won’t change’ despite free trade talks with China: Robb
Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb has assured his Coalition colleagues there will be no changes to foreign investment rules on farmland as part of a trade deal with China.
‘Signing EPA or not will come with a cost’
Minister of Trade and Industry Haruna Iddrisu has indicated that Ghana has no choice but to sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
The significance of Taiwan’s anti-service trade agreement movement
On Thursday, Taiwan’s anti service trade agreement movement will leave the Legislative Yuan and the occupation will come to an end. Some of its participants think that the movement has not achieved its aims and do not want to leave. As outsiders it is difficult for us to judge.
El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of ’assault on democratic governance’
A multinational mining company has been accused of launching "a direct assault on democratic governance" by suing El Salvador for more than US$300m (£179m) in compensation, after the tiny Central American country refused to allow it to dig for gold amid growing opposition to the exploitation of its mineral wealth.
The straight talk on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
We need to build a movement against the TPPA. This involves breaking through the media blackout and demanding that our governments be transparent about the full implications and realities of the TPPA. One of the ways that we plan to do that in South Korea is through a TPPA international forum of activists and intellectuals from April 16 to the 18.
We’ll block FTA plans, say Greens and Xenophon
The Greens and independent senator Nick Xenophon have said the government will face a tough battle if it seeks to ease foreign investment restrictions.
Experts deeply split on prospects for quick EU-Mercosur free trade deal
The European Union and the Mercosur bloc have been negotiating a Free Trade Agreement for about 15 years now and after a several-year impasse talks seemed to gather new impetus in 2010 but the opinions of pundits talking to the Herald are deeply divided about the prospects of a quick accord.
Congress top obstacle to TPP deal
Failure by Japanese and U.S. negotiators to reach a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is making headlines across Japan and raising concerns about the implications for U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip here later this month.