Bilateral & Regional Trade

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Launches a General Strike

Original Publication Date: 
20 November, 2006
Full-pledged General Strike Being Launched from November 22 in Korea.

South Korean police brace for mass protests against US free trade deal

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19 November, 2006
South Korean police said Tuesday they are bracing for mass protests across the country against a proposed free trade agreement with the United States.

South African govt official on FTA w/ US

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16 November, 2006
Talks between South Africa and the US on a free trade agreement hit a snag as US demands for complete access to South African markets were unacceptable, trade and industry director-general Tshediso Matona said

Japan, RP pact biased towards, Japanese Exports

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14 November, 2006
The promised benefits to Philippine exports of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) may not materialize because the pact is biased towards Japanese imports, according to independent think-tank IBON Foundation.

Democrats pledge joint stance on global trade

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8 November, 2006
As if to pre-empt the warnings that more Democrats meant more protectionism, newly powerful Democratic lawmakers were straight out of the traps yesterday promising bipartisan co-operation on international trade.

US, Japan may use ASEAN to railroad bilateral trade pacts

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8 November, 2006
The US and Japan may use the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to negotiate and hasten onerous free trade agreements (FTAs) with member-countries to further consolidate transnational corporate dominance over local economies, according to independent think-tank IBON Foundation.

Women ‘most vulnerable’ under US-M’sia FTA

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29 October, 2006
Women will be the worst affected by the US-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), said activists who co-organised a protest against the ongoing talks in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

Protest Against 3rd Round of US-Malaysia FTA talks

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29 October, 2006
Some 300 activists today held a noisy protest calling for the suspension of free-trade agreement (FTA) talks with the United States, Malaysia's major trading partner.

Leading Ministers of ACP states criticize EPA process, content

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26 October, 2006
Leading Trade Ministers in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of states have strongly criticised the lack of development content of the Economic Partnership Agreements that they are negotiating with the European Union Commission.

Leading Ministers of ACP states criticize EPA process, content

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2006
Leading Trade Ministers in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of states have strongly criticised the lack of development content of the Economic Partnership Agreements that they are negotiating with the European Union Commission.

Multiple problems in EPAs highlighted at workshop

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26 October, 2006
The absence of development content and the severe effects of rapid trade liberalization were among key problems highlighted by policymakers and NGO participants at a workshop held here on the Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.

Multiple problems in EPAs highlighted at workshop

Original Publication Date: 
26 October, 2006
The absence of development content and the severe effects of rapid trade liberalization were among key problems highlighted by policymakers and NGO participants at a workshop held here on the Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.

Workers urge Senate and Congress to junk the All-Trade Pact Toxic waste provisions prove again that JPEPA is disadvantageous for Filipinos

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24 October, 2006
Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) today issued strong opposition to the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) approved between the RP and Japan governments.

Anti-free trade alliance plans mass protest during US-Malaysia trade talks at end-Oct

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18 October, 2006
Malaysian activists Thursday announced a mass a protest during U.S.-Malaysia talks later this month on a free trade pact, saying such an agreement could jeopardize jobs and deprive poor people of cheap, generic drugs.

UK urges Brussels to relent over new trade rules for poor nations

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15 October, 2006
Poor countries must not be forced into opening markets or obliged to accept new rules governing foreign investment and competition law, the UK has told the European Commission.

India, EU Work Toward Trade Pact - Bid for Agreement by 2009 Underlines Bilateral Focus In Wake of Doha Collapse

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12 October, 2006
The European Union and India stepped up free-trade negotiations that could one day link two of the world's biggest markets. Both sides said they hope to complete a deal by early 2009.

Overview of bilateral free trade and investment agreements

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12 October, 2006
This 22-page document gives a general overview of free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that have been signed or are being negotiated all over the world.

Small Nations' Doubts About EU Get Bigger

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11 October, 2006
BRUSSELS, Oct 12 (IPS) - A proposal by Senegalese Trade Minister Mamadou Diop to postpone the 2008 deadline for signing trade agreements with the European Union found much support at a meeting here Thursday.

Japan-RP economic pact brings dubious gain

Original Publication Date: 
10 October, 2006
The agreement is biased towards the more powerful Japanese economic interests, so how can JPEPA be positive for the Philippines in terms of trade and investment?

New EU trade strategy severely criticised

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5 October, 2006
Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson is