Free Trade Agreements

28 Jan 2022 – FPI supports call for Senate approval of mega-trade deal

Published by rudy Date posted on January 28, 2022

Louella Desiderio – The Philippine Star  January 28, 2022 | 12:00am The STAR / Paolo Romero MANILA, Philippines — The Federation of Philippine Industries Inc. (FPI) is supporting calls for the Senate to immediately approve the country’s participation in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.

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24 Jan 2022 – Industries have differing views on RCEP

Published by rudy Date posted on January 24, 2022

Industries have differing views on RCEP By …- January 24, 2022 By JED MACAPAGAL and IRMA ISIP, Malaya Industries and business groups have banded to lobby for the concurrence by the Senate to the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, saying they will miss out on opportunities if the Philippines does not…

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Regulating free trade agreement management in Asia-Pacific

Published by rudy Date posted on July 14, 2021

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Impact of FTA on Philippine industries: Analysis of network effects

Published by rudy Date posted on December 17, 2020

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“Free trade” agreements and the pandemic

Published by rudy Date posted on August 20, 2020

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EU removes Philippines from priority watchlist

Published by rudy Date posted on January 27, 2020

by Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star), 27 Jan 2020 MANILA, Philippines —The European Union (EU) has removed the Philippines in its list of countries with weak intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement.

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The proliferation of FTDs: free trade disagreements

Published by rudy Date posted on December 10, 2019

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‘Right conditions’ necessary for next round of EU-Phl FTA talks

Published by rudy Date posted on July 12, 2019

by Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) – Jul 12, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — The next round of talks for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Philippines would take place when the conditions are right as the country’s implementation of conventions on human rights, labor rights, environment as well as good governance are seen by…

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12 July 2019 – ‘Right conditions’ necessary for next round of EU-Phl FTA talks

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on July 12, 2019

‘Right conditions’ necessary for next round of EU-Phl FTA talks Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) – July 12, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The next round of talks for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Philippines would take place when the conditions are right as the country’s implementation of conventions on human rights,…

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Extended families: Regional integration easier than global agreements

Published by rudy Date posted on April 29, 2019

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Philippines in early free trade talks with 2 countries

Published by rudy Date posted on November 19, 2018

by Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Business World, Nov 19, 2018 THE PHILIPPINES is exploring bilateral free trade agreements (FTA) with two more countries, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said, adding that the talks are preliminary and exploratory.

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FTA with Phl not a priority for US

Published by rudy Date posted on July 31, 2017

By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Jul 31, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the US may not be happening anytime soon, the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines said.

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Next round of FTA talks with European Union seen in Sept.

Published by rudy Date posted on February 27, 2017

by Danica M. Uy, Businessworld, Feb 27, 2017 THE GOVERNMENT’S representatives will be meeting with delegates from the European Union (EU) in September for the second round of free trade agreement (FTA) talks.

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EFTA wants Phl free trade deal enforced soon

Published by rudy Date posted on October 16, 2016

by Richmond Mercurio, The Philippine Star, Oct. 16, 2016 Read the article here.

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Asean to press RCEP to cut tariffs on 92% of goods

Published by rudy Date posted on June 27, 2016

PETCHANET PRATRUANGKRAI, THE NATION, June 27, 2016, http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Asean-to-press-RCEP-to-cut-tariffs-on-92-of-goods-30289152.html ASEAN countries will propose to the 16 member states of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to eliminate tariffs on 92 per cent of trade in goods to promote economic integration of the grouping soon.

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Phl inks pact with European Free Trade Association

Published by rudy Date posted on May 8, 2016

by Pia Lee Brago, Philstar, May 8, 2016 The Philippines has signed a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) composed of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. signed the agreement with EFTA states on April 28 in Berne, Switzerland.

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PHL, EU launch formal FTA talks

Published by rudy Date posted on December 22, 2015

The Philippines and the European Union (EU) announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to start formal negotiations for a free-trade agreement (FTA), three years after laying down the foundation for it. Outgoing Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo and EU Trade Commissioner Anna Cecilia Malmström said they “share the ambition” to conclude an FTA that covers…

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Highlights of agreements and bilateral meetings

Published by rudy Date posted on December 9, 2015

Highlights of agreements and bilateral meetings [Signed and conducted on the margins of the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting] As of 25 November 2015 ASIA-PACIFIC Australia AGREEMENTS SIGNED JOINT DECLARATION ON A PHILIPPINES-AUSTRALIA COMPREHENSIVE PARTNERSHIP The Joint Declaration on the Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership acknowledges the increasing breadth and depth of our relations setting the tone,…

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PH eyes free-trade deal with EU

Published by rudy Date posted on December 7, 2015

BOOST TRADE, INVESTMENTS WITH 28-MEMBER BLOC THE PHILIPPINES is hoping to start by early next year the formal negotiations with the European Union on a free-trade agreement (FTA), a move that will dovetail with the country’s aggressive thrust toward further solidifying its ties with Europe.

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Phl makes significant strides in pursuit of FTAs with Europe

Published by rudy Date posted on December 7, 2015

The Philippines is making significant strides in its pursuit of free trade agreements (FTA) with Europe as several major developments are seen happening before the current administration steps down from office next year.

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Less than half of Phl firms use free trade deals

Published by rudy Date posted on November 24, 2015

Despite a number of free trade agreements (FTAs) secured by the country to date, less than half of Philippine firms are aware and actually utilize the benefits of such deals, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is reached

Published by rudy Date posted on October 5, 2015

World Leaders React to Trade Agreement ATLANTA — The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday reached final agreement on the largest regional trade accord in history, teeing up what could be the toughest fight President Obama will face in his final year in office: securing approval from Congress.

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Philippines, Canada ink pacts

Published by rudy Date posted on May 9, 2015

THE Philippines and Canada have signed several bilateral agreements, including the launch of exploratory discussions towards a possible free trade agreement between the two countries, Malacanang said Saturday. President Benigno Aquino III and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper witnessed the signing of the agreements on trade, development assistance, and occupational health and safety, during the…

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EU pursues FTA talks with Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on March 30, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) is pursuing discussions with the Philippines within the year for a possible free trade agreement (FTA) as the country’s ongoing economic reform process shows readiness to commit to an ambitious bilateral deal.

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Phl eyes free trade deal with EU in 4-5 years

Published by rudy Date posted on January 19, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is hoping to complete a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) within four to five years to be able to allow greater access for exports to the bloc even after it graduates as a beneficiary of Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+), the Department of Trade and…

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UN trade body criticises free trade

Published by rudy Date posted on September 10, 2014

The UN’s trade body has joined a chorus of criticism of globalisation, warning that developing countries reap little value from taking part in global supply chains and that the costs of joining free-trade agreements may outweigh the gains.

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PH in Afta: Moving forward in 2015

Published by rudy Date posted on July 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines–If integration of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is not in President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, it should be.

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FTA negotiations between Phl, EFTA to start next year

Published by rudy Date posted on July 15, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) aim to start negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) by early next year and complete the deal by 2017, a trade official said.

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Tokyo: TPP talks reach agreement on labour, health issues

Published by rudy Date posted on July 13, 2014

OTTAWA/TOKYO: Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

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PH, Efta nations boost trade ties

Published by rudy Date posted on June 30, 2014

The Philippines and the four member states of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) signed in Iceland last week the Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC), which allowed both parties to further enhance their bilateral economic relations, including through the establishment of a Joint Efta-Philippines Committee. These four countries are Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. According…

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