Australia's prime minister said Monday that he was looking forward to discussing a free-trade deal with Indonesia while attending a regional forum in Jakarta.
Senior officials from 16 Asia-Pacific countries wrapped up their talks on Friday with no major breakthrough on what could be an alternative regional free trade deal to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The optimism is mainly driven by the upcoming signing of the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement expected to come into effect in 2018, said EuroCham President Michael Bahren at a meeting with Deputy PM, FM Minh on Friday.
Taiwan is seeking a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)-like bilateral agreement with India to boost trade and investments even as its companies are looking to relocate some of their manufacturing facilities from mainland China to India and Southeast Asia.
South Korea and the South American trade block MERCOSUR will launch their official negotiations on a trade pact before the first half of this year, the trade ministry here said Friday, amid the country’s efforts to tap deeper into the region.
Canada is throwing its weight behind an early “progressive” bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with India before it concludes a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to ensure a stable and predictable environment for its investors.
Vietnam’s upcoming free trade agreement with the European Union (EVFTA) is expected to make Vietnam the most promising business destination for European companies in Southeast Asia.
When U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement in January, in the name of helping Americans, Vietnam noticed big time