July 2013

Canada Should Ease Up on Food Trade Barriers: Think Tank

The WSJ, 31 July, 2013
As Canada pushes to forge bilateral and multi-lateral free trade deals, it continues to keep trade. More..

Free-trade deal given shot in arm

The New Zealand Herald, 31 July, 2013
Smart political footwork by Prime Minister John Key has put the South Korean free-trade agreement back on the agenda. More..

China-U.S. talks yield “incremental progress”: U.S. trade chief

Xinhuanet, 31 July, 2013
The United States and China made “incremental progress” on a number of issues in the recent high-level bilateral talks, U.S. trade chief Michael Froman said on Tuesday. More..

Froman sees Pacific trade deal

Washington Times, 30 July, 2013
The top U.S. trade official said Tuesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the nation’s ability to complete a major free-trade pact with. More..

US hopes free trade negotiations will drive changes in Europe’s economy to promote growth

Washington Post, 30 July, 2013
The U.S. hopes negotiations for a free trade deal with the European Union will drive growth-oriented reforms in the EU economy, the top American trade official said Tuesday. More..

Korean FTA could be signed within year – PM

New Zealand Herald, 29 July, 2013
New Zealand is more likely than not to secure a much-coveted free trade deal with South Korea and it could be signed within a year, Prime Minister John Key says. More..

Govt keen to quickly wrap up FTA with EU, says top negotiator

The Nation, 29 July, 2013
Thailand is eager to wrap up a free-trade agreement with the European Union after the bloc began pursuing bilateral deals with many major markets. More..

Enduring policies

NST, 27 July, 2013
The Look East Policy has strengthened ties between Malaysia and Japan. More..

Bilateral negotiations, alliances key in TPP talks

The Japan News, 27 July, 2013
In Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral trade discussions, where the interests of participating nations are complexly intertwined, it will be key for Japan to focus on bilateral negotiations and form alliances with countries with which it shares common interests. More..

Envoy notes strong ties between Brazil, Thailand

The Nation, 27 July, 2013
Brazilian Ambassador to Thailand Paulo Vasconcellos says: “We are a key member of the BRIC grouping. More..

Potential EU-China investment negotiations mired in trade disputes

International Law Office, 26 July, 2013
On May 23 2013 the European Commission announced that it is to seek a negotiating mandate from member states for a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between the European Union and China. More..

TPP Nations To Pursue Bilateral Tariff Talks

Nikkei, 26 July, 2013
Negotiators from 12 nations agreed to ramp up discussions on tariffs through bilateral meetings as the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks. More..

Sth Korean trade stance unfair – Key

Stuffco,nz, 26 July, 2013
The South Korean Government is treating New Zealand unfairly, Prime Minister John Key has told Kiwi Korean War veterans as he ramps up pressure for a free trade deal. More..

Minister urges leading role in FTA talks with China, Japan

Global Post, 25 July, 2013
South Korea’s finance minister on Thursday called on the government to show leadership in negotiations with Japan and China. More..

Government to examine if FTA’s have delivered: Minister

Economic Times, 25 July, 2013
The government aims to closely examine the results of FTAs and PTAs entered into earlier before signing more such trade agreements with other countries. More..

EU And Armenia Agree Trade Deal

RTT News, 24 July, 2013
The European Union and Armenia on Wednesday successfully concluded negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), as part of the bilateral Association Agreement. More..

The beachhead in East Asia

Business Line, 24 July, 2013
The India-South Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), now in its third year, was not just the first comprehensive trade deal that India signed with another nation. More..

Japan joins TPP as 12th member

Business Times, 24 July, 2013
Japan officially joined the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) yesterday, welcomed by its trading buddies like Malaysia to one of the most challenging free trade talks by 12 countries. More..

U.S. car sales in S. Korea soar after FTA, official says

Yonhap News, 24 July, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Tuesday that U.S. automobile sales to South Korea have sharply grown since a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) went into effect in March last year. More..

US business in joint plea on nuclear trade

World Nuclear News, 23 July, 2013
Three US business associations have directly asked the US administration to adopt a more assertive approach to fostering international nuclear trade. More..

SADC trade talks are “95% settled” – De Gucht

Mmegi Online, 23 July, 2013
The European Union’s trade commissioner, Karel De Gucht, says negotiations with Botswana and other SADC states for a new Economic Partnership Agreement are 95 percent settled with solutions for the outstanding issues reachable in months. More..

Georgia-EU free trade talks end with progress on agreement

Euro News, 23 July, 2013
Economic ties between the European Union and Georgia will be strengthened after the two successfully concluded talks on a free trade agreement. More..

‘Free trade pacts good for country’

News Traits Times, 23 July, 2013
IT bodes well for Malaysia to take part in bilateral and plurilateral free trade agreements as they can help the country achieve developed nation status in seven years’ time, says a United Nations study. More..

EU And Georgia Conclude Talks On Deep And Comprehensive Free Trade Area

Eurasia Review, 22 July, 2013
The European Union and Georgia concluded Monday negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), as part. More..

TPP must strike a balance in IP

Business Times, 22 July, 2013
The Asia Pacific region is leading the world in mobile computing, enabling the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to leapfrog into large business opportunities. More..

Bilateral rewards from new FTA

China Daily, 22 July, 2013
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has successfully concluded her historic state visit to China known as the “journey of faith”. More..

Israel: A bitter harvest

Financial Times, 21 July, 2013
In a refrigerated shed, shielded from the blazing summer heat of the Jordan Valley, about 15 Palestinian. More..

Critics urge provinces to hold public hearings on EU trade deals

The Globe and Mail, 21 July, 2013
Critics of the free trade talks with Europe are urging provinces to ensure any negotiated deal gets a full public airing before it is formally signed. More..

Malaysia detains 14 trans-Pacific free trade deal protesters

ABC online, 21 July, 2013
Malaysian police have detained 14 people protesting against ongoing negotiations for a huge trans-Pacific free trade deal. More..

Prospects high for fruitful end to Thailand-EU FTA talks

The Nation, 20 July, 2013
Michelangelo Pipan, Italy’s ambassador to Thailand, is bullish on the prospects of a successful free trade agreement between Thailand and the European Union. More..

Banks to thrive on China trade deal

The Australian, 20 July, 2013
THE Australian financial services sector could be a major beneficiary if the Labor government is able to finalise the long-awaited free trade agreement with China. More..

FTA to bring more opportunities for Singapore, Costa Rica

Channel News Asia, Singapore, 19 July, 2013
The Singapore-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (SCRFTA) took effect on July 1. Under the agreement. More..

EDITORIAL: Diplomacy flies out of the window

Business Day, 19 July, 2013
BILATERAL trade negotiations are tough, with neither side under any illusion that the other is there to make concessions from the goodness of their heart. More..

3 chambers say aye to TPP, but ACCCIM wants China included

Malaysia Chronicle, 18 July, 2013
Chambers of commerce in the country have lent their support to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations, saying it promotes a secure and. More..

Free-trade push may open door to China

The Australian, 18 July, 2013
HE history of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) began in December 1994, when it was formed to replace the Preferential Trade Area (PTA), which had existed from the earlier days of 1981. More..

Swiss mark free trade deal with China visit

World Radio, Switzerland, 17 July, 2013
President Ueli Maurer began his 5-day official visit to China today. More..

EU visit to partners

Informante, 17 July, 2013
EU Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, was in Windhoek this week to discuss ways to strengthen trade and investment relations. More..

Canada urged to reject TPP drug patent proposal as bad for poor countries

Global News, 17 July, 2013
Canada is pushing back against a campaign by activists trying to block what they say are onerous. More..

Customs regime: Is it vital for Zambia?

Zambia Daily Mail, 17 July, 2013
HE history of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) began in December 1994, when it was formed to replace the Preferential Trade Area (PTA), which had existed from the earlier days of 1981. More..

Namibia Dairies Wants Milk Import Restrictions

AllAfrica, 16 July, 2013
NAMIBIA Dairies has applied to the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the introduction of ‘Quantitive Restrictions’; a move that will limit the amount of imported dairy products into Namibia. More..

The US-EU trade deal: don’t buy the hype

The Guardian, 16 July, 2013
There has been a big push out of Washington to convince the public that an economic bonanza awaits us if we can just complete a trade deal with the European Union. More..

Moves to fast-track China trade deal

The West Australian, 16 July, 2013
Kevin Rudd will accelerate efforts to stitch up a fresh trade deal with China ahead of the election and plans to send new Trade Minister Richard Marles to hold top-level talks in Beijing next week. More..

‘Promotion of SAARC trade top priority’

The News International, 16 July, 2013
The Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Ishaq Dar, said Monday that promotion of trade among Saarc countries was one of the top priorities of the government.He was talking to the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka. More..

EU, US trade deal round concludes

New Europe, 15 July, 2013
The first, week-long, round of the negotiations on a free trade deal between the EU and the US was completed in Washington on July 12. More..

Lim Hng Kiang to visit Colombia and Costa Rica

Channel News Asia, 14 July, 2013
Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang will visit Colombia and Costa Rica from July 16 to 19 to promote greater economic engagement and ties. More..

US and China reach agreement over investment treaty

The Irish Times, 13 July, 2013
Talks between the US and China ended with an agreement to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty between the world’s two largest economies, a development seen by Washington as a significant step in reforming China’s economy. More..

Kim Campbell: Trans Pacific Partnership about more than trade

The New Zealand Herald, 12 July, 2013
The drawn out Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are about much more than freer trade access with the United States and the other countries alone. More..

The major obstacles to the EU-US free trade deal

Public Service Europe, 11 July, 2013
The first round of negotiations in the European Union-United States trade deal – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or ‘TTIP’ – has started. More..

US-EU trade pact threatened by spying scandal

Press TV, 11 July, 2013
The United States and the European Union have begun negotiations on a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement, which must be concluded before 2014. More..

Trans-Pacific: A unique opportunity to build world’s strongest trade partnership

The Sacbee.com, 10 July, 2013
The United States and the European Union have begun negotiations on a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement, which must be concluded before 2014. More..

NZ Taiwan trade deal puts heat on China FTA

Australian Financial Review, 10 July, 2013
The Rudd government is likely to face new pressure from rural exporters to push ahead with a free trade agreement with China after New Zealand signed a breakthrough deal with Taiwan on Wednesday. More..

Sri Lanka business chamber wants CEPA and more trade agreements

News360, 10 July, 2013
Sri Lanka’s main business Chamber urges the government to fast track the signing of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement. More..

New Zealand, Taiwan sign free trade deal

Kansas City News, 10 July, 2013
New Zealand on Wednesday signed a free trade agreement with Taiwan in a deliberately low-key ceremony designed to demonstrate the South Pacific nation’s fealty to its formal relations with mainland China. More..

Taiwan-New Zealand trade pact to boost bicycle, electronics sales

Focus Taiwan, 10 July, 2013
The Economic Cooperation Agreement Taiwan and New Zealand signed Wednesday afternoon is expected to benefit Taiwan’s bicycle, petrochemical and electronics sectors, according to assessments of the pact. More..

The Biggest Trade Deal Ever Could Collapse Because Of the NSA Spying Program

Policy Mic, 10 July, 2013
Talks on the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, the EU-U.S. free trade agreement, started in Washington on Monday despite France’s threat. More..

Challenges of Tomorrow: What the Future Holds for the WTO

Diplomatic Courier, 09 July, 2013
Twenty years ago, votes in favor of implementing the Uruguay Round trade agreements established the World Trade Organization (WTO). Since its creation. More..

Bennett plans free trade deal with China

Ynet News, 09 July, 2013
Economy minister meets senior Chinese government officials, says agreement will lead to significant growth in trade between countries. More..

Taiwan, New Zealand to sign economic cooperation pact July 10

Focus Taiwan, 09 July, 2013
Taiwan and New Zealand will sign an economic cooperation agreement (ECA) Wednesday, a senior Taiwanese official confirmed on Tuesday. More..

Amending trade agreement a democratic right: expert

Taipei Times, 09 July, 2013
The addition of reservations and amendments by the legislature to provisions of the cross-strait service trade pact signed last. More..

The Left must not derail an EU-US free trade agreement

The Commentator, 08 July, 2013
This week marks the start of negotiations between the European Union and United States to reach agreement on the largest bilateral trade deal in history. More..

EU-US free trade talks start, overshadowed by espionage allegations

RT.Com, 08 July, 2013
Talks on the biggest bilateral trade deal in history – the EU –US free trade agreement – start in Washington on Monday despite France’s threat to postpone over accusations of US spying on EU diplomats. More..

EU-US trade negotiations given green light despite “transatlantic espionage row”

The Parliament.com, 08 July, 2013
The “transatlantic espionage row” will not delay trade negotiations between the EU and the US. More..

Taiwan urged to settle disputes over trade pact with China

The China Post, 07 July, 2013
Taiwan should solve its domestic disputes over the recently signed service trade pact with China or it could face bigger challenges once China and South Korea ink a bilateral free trade agreement, a local scholar warned Saturday. More..

Vietnam, EU hail progress made in FTA talks

Saigon GP, 06 July, 2013
Vietnam and the European Union (EU) have re-emphasised the importance of a proposed bilateral free trade agreement and resolved to continue negotiations so as to reach a positive outcome. More..

Battle lines drawn for EU-US trade talks

The Telegraph, 06 July, 2013
Washington DC is not a city that lacks for bureaucrats. This week there will be even more of them than usual. More..

EU wants US beef ban lifted under TTIP

Global Meat News, 05 July, 2013
European Union (EU) representatives travelling to Washington DC next week for the first round of negotiations with the US to forge a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). More..

China, Switzerland Sign Free Trade Agreement

Jakarta Globe, 06 July, 2013
China and Switzerland on Saturday signed a free trade agreement (FTA) — Beijing’s first in continental Europe. More..

Seoul notes progress in latest round of FTA talks with China

Yonhap News, 04 July, 2013
South Korea and China have made significant progress in their latest round of talks for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), nearly reaching agreement on the level of market liberalization for their industrial products, the Seoul government said Thursday. More..

UAE trade team to holds talks with India

Albawaba, 04 July, 2013
Top officials from the UAE Ministry of Finance will hold bilateral investment promotion agreement (BIPA) discussions with its Indian counterparts on Wednesday, M.K. Lokesh, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, told Gulf News. More..

Freeing trade between South Africa and Nigeria

The Final Call (IPS), 03 July, 2013
If a Free Trade Area were to be negotiated between Africa’s two largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, it would have a. More..

EU envoy prods Canada to finalize free trade deal

CBC News, 03 July, 2013
With negotiators poised to meet next week in Ottawa, the European Union is once again ratcheting up the pressure on Canada to conclude long-running free trade talks. More..

Next round of EU-Malaysia FTA talks to resume In Q4, says

Bernama, 03 July, 2013
The next round of negotiations on the EU-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is expected to resume in the fourth quarter. More..

Trade secrets – Draft EU documents reveal trade agenda with

IATP, 03 July, 2013
Transparency and trade negotiations don’t seem to go together these days. Recent revelations in Spiegel disclosed that the U.S. government had been spying. More..

Fading trade timelines

Business Standard, 03 July, 2013
The timelines for a possible India-Europe bilateral trade and investment agreement are getting tight with both sides supposedly failing to close the deal on some critical issues. More..

Will European requirements for labeling GMO foods survive new trade negotiations?

Huffing Post, 03 July, 2013
This week U.S. and European negotiators will begin secret talks that could bargain away a key element in American resistance to GMO foods. The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also referred to as a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement. More..

Obama’s Africa trip bolsters US interests

AlJazeera, 02 July, 2013
Barack Obama wound up his first lengthy trip to sub-Saharan Africa as US president on Tuesday having tackled concerns that he is less interested. More..

Snowden’s Revelations Could Jeopardize EU-US Trade Deal

Reason.com, 02 July, 2013
Edward’ Snowden’s revelations are not only embarrassing to the Obama administration, they could potentially. More..

Canada-Japan trade deal could be a quick and easy win

The Globe and Mail, 02 July, 2013
Free trade with Europe and the Trans-Pacific Partnership grab most of the headlines. More..

Japanese automakers in Canada urge both governments to advance bilateral trade negotiations for an early win

The Wall Street Journal, 02 July, 2013
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association of Canada (JAMA Canada) continues to be encouraged by the efforts of the Canadian and Japanese governments to. More..

Barack Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claims

The Guardian, 02 July, 2013
Barack Obama has sought to limit the damage from the growing transatlantic espionage row after Germany and France denounced the major snooping activities of US agencies and warned of a possible delay in the launch next week of ambitious free-trade talks between Europe and the US. More..

Will Asia’s largest FTA make a difference?

Jakarta Post, 01 July, 2013
The first round of negotiations to establish the Asian Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — a free trade agreement (FTA) across ASEAN+6 (the 10 ASEAN members plus Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, India and New Zealand) — was held in Brunei in May. More..

Gulf states take harder line with EU over free-trade agreement

The National, 01 July, 2013
The stakes have been raised in attempts to revive talks between the GCC and the European Union over a free-trade agreement after Arabian Gulf states threatened not to renew a cooperation deal between the two blocs. More..

GCC-EU free trade agreement soon

Gulf Daily News, 01 July, 2013
TALKS that could lead to a historic GCC-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have reached the final stages, it was declared yesterday. More..

Turn back the limousines: EU-US trade pact faces rocky road

BBC News, 01 July, 2013
Allegations that the US bugged the embassies of EU countries have soured relations between the supposed allies. More..

ACP states dismayed at EU decision to cut sugar quotas in 2017

Bilaterals.org, 01 July, 2013
ACP sugar supplying states are appalled by the decision reached by the EU institutions on Wednesday 26 June to abolish EU beet and iso glucose sugar quotas in 2017. More..

Bilateral FTAs Critical to Health of US Pork Industry

The Pig Site, 01 July, 2013
The National Pork Producers Council says the successful completion of bilateral free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union offer tremendous potential benefits for US pork producers, Bruce Cochrane writes. More..

China’s Bilateral Investment Treaties

China Briefing, 01 July, 2013
China has been entering into bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with other countries since the early 1980s, when the nation began its path to reforms under then-Premier Deng Xiaoping. More..

Complex trade pacts promote land grabs

IPP Media, 01 July, 2013
Multiplicity of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) leave room for some investors to take advantage of African resources, it has been asserted. More..