August 2013

Pak-Indonesia PTA to be operational from September 13

Daily Times, 31 August, 2013
The Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) will become operational from September 13. More..

Ministry plans to cut time it takes to complete FTA

The Nation, 31 August, 2013

The Commerce Ministry aims to speed up the time it takes to complete talks on free-trade agreements from the current average of two years. More..

Port Hawkesbury Paper deal violates free trade: U.S. congressman

CBC News, 29 August, 2013

Government funding for the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill violated free trade laws, a U.S. congressman says. More..

Colombia farmers’ strikes spread to cities

3News, 29 August, 2013

Nationwide agricultural strikes are continuing in Colombia after more than a week of ongoing roadblocks, marches and clashes with the police. More..

Minimal Progress Made At 19th Round Of TPP Negotiations

Bernama, 28 August, 2013

Minimal progress has been achieved on most outstanding areas in the 19th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place here since Aug 22. More..

TPP sides set to keep food safety regimes

The Japan Times, 28 August, 2013

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are unlikely to ease their individual food safety. More..

Building momentum: The anti-free trade strike in Colombia

CounterPunch, 27 August, 2013

As Colombian peasants ended their eighth day of an anti-free trade agreement strike last night by forcing President Juan Manuel Santos to the negotiating table. More..

Fast-track: Enabler of the “Free Trade” Agenda

The Newamerica, 27 August, 2013

There is likely no historical record of a population drowning in alphabet soup, but nations in the 21st century appear to be working on it. More..

Trade Ministers Reaffirm Commitment To TPP By End-2013

Tax News, 26 August, 2013

Following meetings in Brunei, the trade ministers of the countries negotiating the extended Trans-Pacific Partnership have reaffirmed their commitment to conclude the treaty by the end of this year. More..

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks hit roadblock over anti-smoking policies

The Globe and Mail, 25 August, 2013
Fast-moving trade talks aimed at reaching an ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal have hit a major snag over anti-smoking policies. More..

Bilateral trade: Russia reiterates desire for trade

The Express Tribune, 25 August, 2013

Russia considers Pakistan an important country of the region as it has great economic potential and wants to increase bilateral trade and cooperation with Pakistan in diversified areas of economic activity. More..

Japanese PM renews push Gulf trade agreement

Arabian Business, 25 August, 2013

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed a push for a free trade agreement with Gulf countries during a visit to the region. More..

Asean, 6 trading partners eyeing more tariff cuts under new Asia-Pacific FTA

InterAksyon, 23 August, 2013

Asean and its six free trade agreement (FTA) partners are eyeing more tariff cuts under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. More..

S. Korea, Turkey End 4th FTA Talks

CRI English, 23 August, 2013

South Korea and Turkey ended the fourth round of negotiations for their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in the service and investment sectors, Seoul’s Trade Ministry said Friday. More..

Economic ministers agree to establish Asean+6 FTA by 2015

The Nation, 23 August, 2013

The ministers agreed that this free-trade agreement should be a single schedule of commitment that should not be separately negotiated by some countries,” Thai Commerce Minister Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan said yesterday. More..

Proposal to upgrade AGOA Into a US-Africa FTA

Tax News, 22 August, 2013

A paper has been issued by the Heritage Foundation (HF) that urges Congress and the Obama Administration to work together to renew and upgrade. More..

China-Australia friendship keeps blooming

The Australian, 21 August, 2013

IN three years as Chinese ambassador to Australia, I have witnessed the rapid development of China-Australia relations. More..

Pakistan, Thailand vow to double trade

The Nation, 21 August, 2013

Pakistan and Thailand on Tuesday expressed the resolve to build a strong economic partnership, double their trade. More..

Ukraine’s EU deal: good or bad for the oligarchs?

Public Service Europe, 20 August, 2013

With three months to go before the European Union’s Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, the major obstacle standing in the way of the signing of an Association Agreement with Ukraine is the country’s non-compliance. More..

RCEP Is Not A Bloc To Compete With TPP, Says Mustapa

Bernama, 20 August, 2013

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is not a bloc to compete. More..

Thailand set to resume talks for FTA with Europe

Daily Times, 13 August, 2013

Thailand will soon resume the long-suspended free-trade talks with the European Free Trade Association in order to ensure a level playing field with other Asean countries. More..

M’sia Cabinet drops TPP timeline

AnuwarIbrehimblog, 19 August, 2013

Under pressure from the a larger coalition against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Malaysian Cabinet has decided to stick to several. More..

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs want TPP deal this year

Japan Times, 18 August, 2013

Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman agreed Sunday to work together toward concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks by the end of the year. More..

S. Korea, Turkey to hold FTA talks on service, investment

Global Post, 16 August, 2013
South Korea and Turkey will seek to complement their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) next week with fresh agreements in the service and investment sectors, the Seoul. More..

Thai-Chilean FTA to be signed in Oct on president’s visit to Kingdom

The Nation, 16 August, 2013
The Thailand-Chile Free-Trade Agreement will be signed by October when Chilean President Sebastian Pinera visits Thailand, in an attempt to boost bilateral trade and investmen. More..

Russia accused of triggering trade war with Ukraine

Financial Times, 15 August, 2013
Ukrainian companies are accusing Russian customs officials of discriminating against their exports with heightened and time. More..

Namibia and the Economic Partnership Agreement

Pambazuka, 14 August, 2013
The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) have been negotiated for just over a decade between the EU and the ACP countries without satisfactory results. Most of the ACP countries have refused. More..

Bilateral TPP talks eyed with 10 members in late August

The Japan Times, 14 August, 2013
Japan is arranging one-on-one meetings with the 10 other countries, apart from the United States, involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. More..

Strengthening Bangladesh-India bilateral trade — Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

Daily Times, 13 August, 2013
Recently, Bangladesh and India took their economic relations one step ahead by deciding to build land ports at their borders. More..

EU confirms no block-to-individual Mercosur member trade negotiation has been requested

MercoPress, 12 August, 2013
The EU is committed to conclude an ambitious, wide ranging and balanced agreement with Mercosur. More..

Turkey, Japan take important step toward reaching free trade accord

Daily News, 12 August, 2013

A study group established by Turkish and Japanese representatives has presented a report on a potential free trade agreement. More..

Brazil reaches out to EU for trade deal

Financial Times, 11 August, 2013
Brazil’s rising prosperity has led it to consider pushing for its own trade deal with the EU, after years of struggling. More..

Trade agreement ‘diplomatic coup for Taipei: CSIS paper

Taipei Times, 10 August, 2013
Taiwan’s trade agreement with New Zealand — signed last month — “represents a diplomatic coup for Taipei. More..

Japan, U.S. wrap up 1st TPP-linked talks on trade barriers

Global Post, 09 August, 2013
Japan and the United States wrapped up Friday their first round of bilateral trade negotiations that are linked to the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade. More..

Serbia’s free trade agreements with Turkey and Russia creates a golden opportunity

Balkan’s Business News, 08 August, 2013
Most people are aware of Serbia’s free trade agreement but what is less known is Serbia’s free trade agreement with Turkey. More..

Japan, U.S. start TPP-related talks

The Japan News, 08 August, 2013
Japan and the United States launched talks on bilateral trade issues in Tokyo on Wednesday, following Japan’s debut in the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral trade negotiations last month. More..

Why are Vietnam-US not strategic partners?

Vietnam net, 08 August, 2013
The “Comprehensive Partnership” between Vietnam – U.S. is mainly an agreement describing step by step progress. More..

Taking steps to ensure compliance with EU food norms: Govt

Economic Times, 07 August, 2013
Admitting to increased stances of rejection of food consignments by EU in the last three years, government today said it is taking steps to ensure compliance with the European norms. More..

Vietnam, New Zealand talk ways to advance partnership

Saigon GP Daily, 06 August, 2013
Vietnam and New Zealand have agreed on a range of concrete measures to further develop their bilateral comprehensive partnership in the time ahead. More..

EU Criticises Impasse In Bosnia Trade Talks

Tax-News, 05 August, 2013
In light of Croatia’s accession to the European Union (EU), negotiations are being held to adapt the EU-Bosnia and Herzegovina Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA). More..

’Indo-Swiss FTA likely by 2015’

Indian Express, 05 August, 2013
A Free-Trade Agreement between India and Switzerland, which is currently under negotiations. More..

FTAs actually restrict free trade

New Straits Times, Malaysia, 03 August, 2013
Governments of TPPA nations may be sued by foreign companies that don’t have their interests at heart. More..

EU free trade agreements: an overview

The Baltic Course, 02 August, 2013
The EU’s bilateral trade and investment agreements play an important role in increasing European wellbeing, creating growth and jobs. Over the next years, 90% of world demand will be. More..

Statement on the negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina on the bilateral trade regime after the accession of Croatia to the EU

Invest EU, 01 August, 2013
The European Commission regrets the continuous stalemate in the negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina on the bilateral trade regime after the accession of Croatia to the EU. More..

Japan, U.S. to hold TPP-related bilateral talks in Tokyo next week

Global Post, 01 August, 2013
Japan and the United States will hold next week in Tokyo trade negotiations in parallel with the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks. More..

South Africa: Joint Press Communique of the Argentina and South Africa Bilateral Commission in Buenos Aires

All Africa, 01 August, 2013
The Ministerial meeting was preceded by a Senior Officials´ Meeting, which served to evaluate progress made. More..

The EU’s bilateral trade and investment agreements – where are we?

Europa, 01 August, 2013
Over the next years, 90% of world demand will be generated outside the EU. That is why it is a key priority for the EU to open up more market opportunities for European business by negotiating. More..

TPP: The fight over investment rights

Lowy Institute, 01 August, 2013
After three-and-a-half years of negotiation, the investment chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional trade agreement being negotiated by countries across Asia and the Pacific. More..

Trade Agreements With Mexico And South Korea Turned Out To Be Disasters For US: So Why Pursue TPP And TAFTA/TTIP?

Tech Dirt, 01 August, 2013
Two massive trade agreements currently being negotiated — TPP and TAFTA/TTIP — could potentially affect most people on this planet, either directly or indirectly through the knock-on effects. Like all such agreements, they have been. More..

Bishop: PACER Plus negotiations need new start

The Fiji Times Online, 01 August, 2013
THE Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations seem not to have advanced and in fact have stalled, says Australia’s deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop. More..