bilaterals.org logo
bilaterals.org logo

Articles by language


Low-key EU player’s new job may help sell Mercosur deal
The late-July selection of veteran EU insider Denis Redonnet as chief trade enforcement officer coincides with the 27-nation bloc’s continuing preparations to vote on its hard-fought — and controversial — draft accord with the Mercosur group.
Farmers impacted by USMCA trade agreement
The USMCA trade agreement under President Trump is negatively impacting local farmers, but economists said the agreement assures low priced produce in stores.
Ukraine, Turkey planning to restart talks on FTA – Petrashko
Ukraine and Turkey are planning to restart protracted negotiations and find a mutually beneficial solution to a free trade area.
Pacific trade agreement opponents to have their say
Australian, Tongan and Fijian opponents to a new Pacific trade agreement will give evidence at a parliamentary hearing.
Zimbabwe is offering land back to BIPPAs and black farmers. Betrayal or the law? Here are the facts
There are only two types of farmers that can be compensated for both land and improvements on farms. On of them is farmers whose land was protected by Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements.
Climate protest against the EU-Mercosur trade deal
A protest against the planned EU-Mercosur trade agreement was held on 28 August, with the participating groups citing the incompatibilities of the EU’s climate ambitions with actions taken by the Brazilian government.
EU countries sign intra-EU BIT termination agreement, ushering in brave new world of investor-state dispute settlement on the European continent
While the termination agreement is in many ways the culmination of a process seeking to put an end to intra-EU investor-State dispute resolution, the story is far from over.
Barrick to appeal lost challenge over PNG mining rights
Barrick Gold Corp has lost a court challenge in Papua New Guinea over rights to a highlands gold mine and intends to appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.
US to launch new annual economic dialogue with Taiwan
The United States will hold a new annual senior-level economic dialogue with Taiwan to strengthen bilateral economic ties, after Taiwan pledged last week it would open its market to previously banned categories of American pork and beef.
The Mercosur-EU agreement and its main problems to Brazil
The fundamental bargain is quasi colonial: this means that Mercosur countries are left with the task of providing commodities, agricultural produce, ore and energy products, while the EU will provide higher value-added products and services.
Big Oil is in trouble. Its plan: flood Africa with plastic.
Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.
Knezevic warns Darmanovic he will sue the state before the international court of arbitration
Knežević and the Atlas Group’s affected companies have the right to initiate arbitration proceedings against Montenegro, according to the arbitration rules of UNCITRAL, ICC or ICSID.
India can benefit from African Continental trade pact: MEA
Underscoring India’s commitment towards growth in relations with Africa, New Delhi said the country’s businesses could benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement that was gathering pace.
Japan and Britain delay agreement on post-Brexit trade pact
The Japanese and British governments stopped short of reaching a broad accord on a new bilateral trade deal, citing the need for further negotiations on how to handle Japanese tariffs on British blue cheese.
Why China’s diplomatic push may not be enough to secure EU investment deal
Despite a recent charm offensive by senior Chinese diplomats, the chances of wrapping up a landmark investment deal with the European Union remain uncertain, analysts said.
Pig farmers protest government move to ease imported pork restrictions
Some 200 pig farmers and workers staged a protest in front of the Yunlin County government building to oppose the central government’s decision to allow imports of US pork containing the controversial veterinary drug ractopamine.
Taiwan paves way for US trade deal by easing pork, beef imports
Taiwan paved the way for an eventual free trade deal with the United States by announcing an easing of restrictions on the import of US beef and pork.
PH, Korea to resume free trade talks in September
The Philippines and South Korea will resume bilateral free trade negotiations in the second week of September in order to finalize an agreement before the end of the year.
S. Korea, Cambodia to hold 2nd round of FTA talks
South Korea said Monday it will launch the second round of free trade negotiations with Cambodia this week as the country broadens efforts to expand its export portfolio to cushion the economic fallout from the new coronavirus pandemic.
India seeks stronger rules of origin as it urges ASEAN for FTA review
India has pitched for stronger provisions in the rules of origin, removal of non-tariff barriers and better market access in the existing FTA with the the ASEAN, arguing the changes should kick off sooner rather than later.