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The NHS will be part of any post-Brexit US free trade deal—here’s why
“Free trade” deals are often a cover for privatising public services and US negotiating texts already mention British drug and tech companies.
Ukraine, Turkey to hold next round of FTA talks in January
Ukraine and Turkey will hold the next round of talks on signing the free trade agreement between the two countries in January 2020.
Ukraine ready for conclusion of FTA with UK, and hard Brexit trade representative
Ukraine is ready for conclusion of a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom and for economic cooperation in the face of hard Brexit.
Can Britain reach a trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020?
Few experts believe transition period is long enough, raising continued threat of no-deal Brexit.
China, EU reach ’hallmark’ bilateral trade GI agreement: MOFCOM
This is the first comprehensive, high-level bilateral agreement China has ever signed with foreign businesses to protect geographic indication.
The UK will never get the US trade deal it wants
The United Kingdom is likely to be confronted by a phalanx of hard-nosed American trade officials who will attempt to pry open British markets to more American goods.
Kuwait wins int’l property ownership case
ICSID dismisses lawsuit filed by Egyptian company.
RCEP: Does free trade reduce inequalities, ask Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo in their new book
Data shows that poverty reduction slows down in areas impacted the most strongly by trade liberalisation, says the book.
Africa offers a test to von der Leyen’s ‘geopolitical Commission’
The African Union Commission’s high representative on Cotonou has warned that keeping the ACP framework will make it harder for the EU to agree on a ‘continent-to-continent instrument’.
Has India lost its free trade mojo? Or will Delhi substitute the RCEP for the EAEU?
he EAEU deal may well be championed in India as a game-changer, and in certain sectors it will be. But what India really needs is the motivation and initiative to compete with China.
China urges RCEP members to include India in trade bloc
A Chinese state-run English daily said, “the countries involved in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership shouldn’t lose the chance to include India."
Australia still in the cold while NZ lands plum trade deal with China
Australian businesses in China have praised a New Zealand trade deal which overcomes prohibitive red tape and any unofficial go-slow at Chinese ports that can plague Australian exporters.
Somkid affirms interest in Hong Kong FTA talks
Despite the ongoing protests, Thailand remains confident about the potential of Hong Kong and is negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement with the autonomous territory.
RCEP agreement no guarantee of increased Australian exports to ASEAN countries
In the short- and medium- terms, however, it seems unlikely that those additional rules will facilitate any significant increase in Australian exports to ASEAN.
RCEP: The meaning of India’s exit
Benny Kuruvilla from Focus on the Global South spoke with trade expert, Prof. Biswajit Dhar from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ranja Sengupta, senior economist with the Third World Network.
India exits the RCEP: What happens next?
While India has now opted out of the RCEP negotiations, it has not completely abandoned its policy of pursuing free trade agreements
Japan seeks to keep India in China-backed regional trade pact
China aims to press ahead with 15 remaining RCEP members. Japan had sought to balance China by involving India.
Could join RCEP if demands are met, says Piyush Goyal
But decision to stay out is final for now, says Commerce Minister.
Free trade agreements are often ignored by business. So why has Australia signed a new one?
FTAs can be downright harmful. These agreements often include clauses that deliver power to foreign corporations to launch legal action against democratically elected governments on decisions they believe harm their commercial interests.
Thailand awaits Pakistan’s progress on FTA: Thai envoy
Thailand has already submitted a list of around 200 items to be traded between the two countries under the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA), but Pakistan government’s response and progress was waited.