September 2013

Ghana stands to lose US$88 million revenue annually under EPA with EU says consultant

Bernama, 30 September, 2013
Ghana will lose on average of about US$88.575 million annually if it signs onto the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, says a consultant, Osman Mensah, at a forum held to commission a report on the EPA. More..

European parliament enjoys ‘great and growing role’ in EU free trade agreements

The Parliament, 30 September, 2013
With Doha in the doldrums, the negotiation and enforcement of the EU’s many bilateral free trade agreements is of crucial importance to Europe’s spirits sector, argues spirits Europe’s Paul Skehan. More..

Japan, U.S. begin 2nd round of trade talks in parallel with TPP

Global Post, 29 September, 2013
japan and the United States on Monday began a second round of bilateral talks on autos and trade barriers in parallel with Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade. >More..

EU signal needed’ for investment agreement

China Daily, 28 September, 2013
Beijing is still awaiting a signal from Brussels on the launch of long-awaited negotiations for an investment agreement that would expand bilateral market access, said a senior Chinese diplomat. More..

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)

Malta Independent, 28 September, 2013
The first of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations took place from 8 July to 12 July in Washington DC, which was led by the Office of the United States. >More..

Ukraine angry as Canada suspends free-trade talks

The Star, 27 September, 2013
After three years of talks and five rounds of negotiations, the Canadian government suddenly suspended free trade negotiations with Ukraine. More..

S. Korea, Indonesia make significant progress in free trade talks: minister

Yonhap News, 27 September, 2013
South Korea and Indonesia have made “significant” progress in their negotiations that started last year for a bilateral free trade deal, Seoul’s top economic policymaker said Friday. More..

Trade commission recognizes damage from EU FTA to S. Korean firms

Yanhap News, 27 September, 2013
South Korea’s trade commission has recognized damage to five local firms from the country’s bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, the government said Friday. More..

Japan, EU to speed up trade talks

The Japan News, 26 September, 2013
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday that Japan and the EU should accelerate their free trade talks. More..

Lobby groups frozen out of Pacific free trade talks

The Australian, 25 September, 2013
A free trade agreement with 12 nations across the Pacific is being negotiated in secret to avoid lobby groups undermining the talks, trade and investment minister Andrew Robb says. More..

Rinkevics calls for signing of several bilateral trade agreements with

The Baltic, 25 September, 2013
As part of his visit, Rinkevics met with Sartaj Aziz. More..

Britain leads push to convince Washington to back transatlantic free trade deal

The Telegraph, 24 September, 2013
The deputy prime minister will launch a British embassy report which argues that a free trade deal would create around 740,000 American jobs and benefit all 50 US states. More..

New Zealand PM admits EU free trade agreement to take time

Eastday, 24 September, 2013
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has sought French President Francois Hollande’s backing for a New Zealand-EU free trade agreement, but admitted that such a deal is a long way off, according to reports. More..

PM to intervene in deadlocked EU-Canada trade negotiations

Irish Examiner, 24 September, 2013
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper is seeking to break a deadlock in trade talks with the EU by stepping up his part in negotiations, people familiar with the strategy said. More..

Busy trade agenda for Robb

Country Life, 23 September, 2013
NEWLY appointed Minister for Trade Andrew Robb might bridle at the description but if, at the end of his tenure, he is known as “Mr 90 per cent” he would not be unhappy. >More..

Why embracing free trade may be more complicated than it looks

Food Magazine, 23 September, 2013
In announcing his new Ministry last week, Tony Abbott has made significant changes to the Trade portfolio. >More..

Singapore, EU move closer to ratifying free trade agreement

The China Post, 21 September, 2013
Singapore and the European Union moved a step closer Friday to ratifying a free-trade agreement that includes a key “green” component. >More..

S. Korea to seize on delay of cross-strait trade pact approval

The China Post, 21 September, 2013
As political wrangling and public scrutiny mire the approval process of the recently inked cross-strait service industries trade pact. More..

Taiwan pushes for Thai trade deal

Bangkok Post, 20 September, 2013
Taiwan, already ranked third among foreign investors here, is mobilising efforts to form a bilateral economic partnership with Thailand, noting that such an agreement would also boost Thai trade and investment. More..

Singapore, EU move closer to ratifying free-trade pact

Ahramonline, 20 September, 2013
Singapore and the European Union moved a step closer Friday to ratifying a free-trade agreement that includes a key “green” component. More..

US Wants Immediate Conclusion To Azerbaijan WTO Talks – Envoy

Bernama, 20 September, 2013
The United States (US) wants an immediate conclusion to bilateral negotiations with Azerbaijan on its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Azerbaijan’s Trend news agency. More..

Paraguay’s new leader wants back into Mercosur

Swissinfo, 20 September, 2013
Paraguay’s new president expects the country to be fully reintegrated into the South American Mercosur trade block next year, and he will ask the group to allow his country to negotiate independent bilateral trade pacts. >More..

List of countries for bilateral talks with Azerbaijan on joining WTO expands

Trend, 18 September, 2013
Argentina expressed a desire to start bilateral negotiations with Azerbaijan within the framework of the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization. More..

The transformation of American trade strategy

Turkish Weekly, 17 September, 2013
United States policies have traditionally promoted multilateral trade policies, but in the wake of the deadlock in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) the U.S. has launched a new trade strategy emphasizing bilateral agreements. More..

EU lawmakers: No China investment talks without better market access

LSE, 17 September, 2013
The European Union should not launch negotiations with China on an investment agreement unless the country is willing to give fairer access to its market, European Parliament lawmakers demanded Tuesday. More..

TPP: Abbott may cave on foreign investor rights to sue govts

Scoop, 16 September, 2013
Secret talks on the deadlocked investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) between the US, Australia and 10 other countries are being held this week in Washington. More..

Asean eyes free-trade pact with Hong Kong

The Nation, 16 September, 2013
ASEAN and Hong Kong plan to start discussing a free-trade deal by early next year in a move to promote trade and economic growth. More..

Uncertainties continue to plague FTA deal with Europe

Bangkok Post, 16 September, 2013
It seems like welcome news for civil society groups which have been keeping a close watch on Thai-EU free trade agreement negotiations. >More..

Asia-first approach in Australia’s interest

China Daily, 16 September, 2013
With Tony Abbott, leader of the Liberal-National coalition, winning the federal elections to become Australia’s new prime minister on Sept 7. More..

Palm oil export barriers to be addressed at next TPP meeting: MITI Sec-Gen

Bernama, 10 September, 2013
The barriers to palm oil exports are expected to be among the key points to be addressed by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) at the next Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement meeting. More..

S. Korea considering joining TPP: report

Global Post, 09 September, 2013
South Korea has decided to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership and is studying the schedule and potential impact, a Seoul daily reported Monday. More..

BIT optimistic

Business Recorder, 09 September, 2013
Just days after the new government took office in the country delegates from the US government are busy lobbying Pakistani ministers and bureaucracy.. More..

S. Korea, Vietnam agree to conclude free trade deal next year

Global Post, 09 September, 2013
South Korea and Vietnam agreed Monday to conclude a bilateral free trade agreement next year and cooperate closely for nuclear power. More..

Kenya, Nigeria bilateral trade relations is the way to go

Standard Digital, 08 September, 2013
The Nigerian delegation that visited Kenya last week buoyed hopes that the dream of African Renaissance, articulated way back. More..

Truly Global Free Trade

National Review Online, 2013
As the U.S. and several Asian Pacific nations resume discussion this week over the the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it is noticeable that in this and the other main trade deal in the offing. More..

China, S. Korea Complete First-stage FTA Talks

The Peninsula, 04 September, 2013
China and South Korea completed first-stage negotiations on the bilateral free trade agreement ( FTA), setting foundations for more in-depth talks over mutual opening and liberalization, Seoul’s trade ministry said Friday. >More..

S. Korea, Indonesia to hold 5th round of FTA negotiations next week

Yonhap News, 06 September, 2013
South Korea and Indonesia will hold a fresh round of negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) here next week, the Seoul government announced Friday. More..

Guatemala Opts Into Central American FTA With Mexico

Tax-News, 05 September, 2013
It has been announced that, as Guatemala has now approved its participation in the free trade agreement (FTA) between Mexico and the other Central American countries. More..

Transatlantic alliance to cost Turkey ‘$20 billion’

Daily News, 05 September, 2013
Turkey’s exclusion from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) of the US and the EU would cause 2.5 percent of its national income to melt, a recently published study shows. More..

Singapore firms to play bigger role in Qatar

The Peninsula, 04 September, 2013
As the GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (GSFTA) entered into force from September 1, Singaporean and Qatari companies will now be able to play an increasing. >More..

EU-US trade deal may remove barrier to chemicals imports

European Plastics, 04 September, 2013
The European Union might accept US-made plastics as being safe enough to sell in the EU without them being subject to full-scale European chemical controls. More..

Data secure status for India is vital: Anand Sharma on FTA with EU

Economic Times, 03 September, 2013
India has a “very good agreement on table” for the European Union on bilateral free trade pact but data security status is all important for the country. More..

GCC-Singapore FTA comes into effect

Saudi Gazette, 02 September, 2013
The agreement will further enhance Singapore’s growing economic relations and trade with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of six countries in the Middle East. More..