November 2013

Global Trade Winds Leave the Poor Gasping

Independent European Daily Express, 29 November, 2013
For years, it was the power chamber at the headquarters of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva – the Director General’s Conference Room, more popularly known as the Green Room. More..

Reciprocity in trade must not undermine the EU’s trade policy

Brussels Office Weblog, 29 November, 2013
A draft law that could bar non-european firms from bidding for public procurement contracts in the European Union unless their home countries allow. More..

S. Korea to hold talks on joining trans-Pacific trade accord

Global Post, 29 November, 2013
South Korea intends to hold talks to explore the possibility of joining a U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal by holding bilateral discussions with. More..

Ukraine, Russia to hold talks over restoring ties

Global Times, 27 November, 2013
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Tuesday announced here that his country would hold talks with Russia over improving bilateral trade and economic relations in early December. More..

Australia, New Zealand hold ministerial meeting for closer economic relations

Global Times, 27 November, 2013
New Zealand Closer Economic Relations (CER) Ministerial Meeting, which aims to provide ministers with the opportunity to review the Australia-New Zealand trade relationship and consider ways. More..

Belgian blow to trade pact

Business Standard, 27 November, 2013
The proposed India-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA), whose fate already hangs in balance, got another blow with Belgium once again demanding access to public procurement market. More..

American Insurance Association Supports Inclusion of Financial Services Regulation in TTIP

The Wall Street Journal, 26 November, 2013
Stephen M.H. Simchak, director of international affairs for the American Insurance Association (AIA), issued a statement supporting the inclusion of insurance in the regulatory efforts of. More..

EU ready for bilateral talks with Russia over Ukrainian trade deal – official

RT.COM, 25 November, 2013
The European Union is ready to discuss issues that are of concern to “Ukraine’s neighbors” in the format of bilateral talks. More..

EU trade chief says China investment pact must open markets

Business Recorder, 23 November, 2013
Europe has no interest in a bilateral investment pact with China that omits measures to prise open the Asian giant’s markets, the European Union’s trade commissioner said on Friday, after a summit with Chinese leaders announced plans for treaty talks. More..

Sino-European 2020 plan ‘unprecedented’: Li Keqiang

China Times, 23 November, 2013
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday described as “unprecedented” a plan for bilateral cooperation between China and Europe. More..

EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: the missing chapter

International Law Office, 22 November, 2013
The European Union and Singapore initialled a free trade agreement on September 20 2013. It is expected to enter into force in late 2014 or early 2015. More..

S. Korea, Turkey near trade agreement on service, investment: Seoul

Yonhap News, 22 November, 2013
South Korea and Turkey are close to a free trade deal on the service and investment sectors that will complete their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) signed earlier in the year, the Seoul government said Friday. More..

EU, Japan Aim to Speed Up Trade Talks

ICTSD, 21 November, 2013
EU and Japanese officials are hoping to speed up negotiations for a bilateral trade pact, officials said this week, ahead of a key April deadline for reviewing the talks’ progress. More..

RI-Oz trade in danger over spying

Jakarta Post, 21 November, 2013
Indonesia says it is considering halting its ongoing talks on a bilateral economic pact with Australia as tensions escalate between the two governments following reports of the continent spying on the archipelago. More..

U.S. and Europe talks advance towards liberalizing bilateral trade

Merco Press, 20 November, 2013
A week of trade talks in Brussels have taken the European Union and the United States a little closer to a deal to liberalize bilateral trade. More..

Sino-South Korean trade offers myriad possibilities

Global Times, 19 November, 2013
On November 16 to 17, 2005, then Chinese president Hu Jintao paid a State visit to South Korea. In the China-South Korea joint communiqué issued during the visit, the two countries set “$200 billion” as a target for bilateral trade in 2012. More..

Japan, EU Eye Early Conclusion of FTA Talks

CRI English, 19 November, 2013
Japan and the European Union (EU) reiterated their commitment to conclude a bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement and Free Trade Agreement at an early date. More..

Bilateral relations: PM Nawaz extols virtues of regional trade

Tribune, 19 November, 2013
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he strongly believed that promotion of bilateral regional trade was an effective way to promote sustainable economic growth. More..

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Australia’s right to know

The Conversation, 19 November, 2013
In the history of trade agreement negotiations, most have been undertaken in secret, justified on the grounds that the. More..

Japan business heads visit

Global Times, 19 November, 2013
A Japanese delegation of around 180 executives started its seven-day visit to China on Monday in a bid to promote bilateral economic ties. More..

EU and Thailand strengthen ties in SME policy, sustainable tourism

Travel Daily News, 18 November, 2013
The European Union (EU) and Thailand today strengthened their bilateral ties in Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Policy Dialogue and Sustainable Tourism. More..

Pakistan wants to get going on FTA

The Nation, 18 November, 2013
PAKISTAN is looking forward to word from the Thai government on when it wants to start negotiations on a free-trade agreement, new Ambassador Sohail Khan has said. More..

Robb will resist trade traps

The Land, 18 November, 2013
TRADE Minister Andrew Robb says ¬Australia will oppose any move in the world’s biggest multilateral trade pact that forces consumers to pay more for subsidised drugs. More..

Korea, China begin second phase FTA negotiations

Arirang, 18 November, 2013
Korea and China began their second phase negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement this Monday, in Korea’s western port city of Incheon. More..

Multilateral, regional, bilateral: which agreement is best?

The Conversation, 15 November, 2013
One of the first acts of Tony Abbott’s government was to declare it intended to “embrace free trade” in its first term in office. More..

Russia bans two Ukraine meat firms, as meat war threatens

Global MeatNews, 14 November, 2013
Russia Veterinary service. More..

EU, Vietnam expect to sign FTA pact in 2014

Global times, 14 November, 2013
The European Union (EU) and Vietnam are working hard together to conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement by late 2014, which is expected to accelerate Vietnam-EU economic and trade ties. More..

Australian trade minister to visit Korea, Japan, China for free trade talks

Global Times, 14 November, 2013
Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit South Korea, Japan and China from November 14 to 22 to restart negotiations on the stalled Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with Australia’s three. More..

China, EU ‘to launch investment treaty talks’

ECNS, 13 November, 2013
China and the European Union are expected to start negotiations on a landmark bilateral investment treaty during the upcoming China-EU summit, the top EU envoy in China said. More..

Free Trade Agreements are a concern for local industry: Poll

Manufacturers’ Monthly, Australia, 12 November, 2013
The third Cirrus Media Industrials poll reveals that industry is concerned about the impact of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) which the Government is attempting to forge with China, South Korea and Japan. More..

Economic Daily News: Taiwan-Singapore economic pact opens doors

Focus Taiwan, 11 November, 2013
The trade pact between Taiwan and Singapore, officially known as the Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan. More..

Spy claims cloud fresh round of EU-US trade talks

Business Line, 11 November, 2013
The European Union and the United States are due to begin their second round of free trade negotiations in Brussels on Monday, after US spying allegations threatened a breakdown in trust between the traditional allies. More..

New Canada-EU free trade pact on CCA radar

Daily Commercial News, 08 November, 2013
Although a formal agreement remains to be concluded, trade associations in the construction and engineering sectors are taking a look at provisions. More..

President Park discusses stronger economic cooperation with Belgian prime minister

Arirang News, 08 November, 2013
President Park’s bilateral talks with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo Thursday were mainly focused on boosting economic cooperation. More..

Ford Wants Trade Deal to Bar Currency Manipulation

Wardsauto, 07 November, 2013
Ford says countries manipulating their currencies should lose benefits gained through a free-trade deal such as the proposed agreement between the U.S. and the EU, which is expected to be the world’s biggest once concluded. More..

TheCityUK Calls on S Korea Regulators to Implement Free Trade Agreement Provisions

The Economic Voice, 07 November, 2013
TheCityUK welcomes the State Visit of the President of the Republic of Korea to the UK and calls on South Korean regulators to implement Free Trade Agreement provisions. More..

Farmers forge ties despite trade differences

ABC, 07 November, 2013
Most farmers love a good stickybeak at what their neighbours are up to, and that’s no different when the neighbours are across the water, not just across the fence. More..

Taiwan, Singapore ink economic cooperation agreement

Global Post, 06 November, 2013
Taiwan and Singapore signed an economic partnership agreement Thursday to boost bilateral trade and economic cooperation, the culmination of nearly three years of negotiations, the two sides announced. More..

Labour standards increasingly included in bilateral and regional free trade agreements

4 Traders, 06 November, 2013
The number of trade agreements that include labour provisions has increased significantly over the past two decades, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). More..

Don’t rush into trade agreements, Chidambaram warns

The Times of India, 06 November, 2013
It was supposed to be a brainstorming session convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss India’s trade engagement with the rest of the world. More..

Canada, Honduras to sign free trade deal two years after concluding talks

Brandonsun, 04 November, 2013
Canada and Honduras are expected to finally sign a free trade agreement Tuesday after concluding negotiations two years ago. More..

Peru, Israel foster agriculture cooperation, eyeing for FTA

ANDINA, 04 November, 2013
Peru and Israel have signed a declaration aimed at increasing agriculture cooperation and optimization of water resources, striving towards a bilateral Free Trade Agreement. More..