The 8th Meeting of the Continental Task Force (CTF) on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) commenced on Monday, 27 March 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. The meeting is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission.
Theresa May will be urged by pro-EU Conservatives to reach a quick deal over the divorce bill from Brussels in order to maximise the chances of reaching a free trade deal within the tight deadline for Brexit talks.
New Zealand and China announced Monday they would open talks soon to expand a successful free-trade deal in place for nearly a decade.
China, Russia and the United States said on Monday they were taking an interest in Brexit, a World Trade Organization source said, after a question about a tricky but vital reform required by Britain arose at the Geneva-based trade body.
WTO members discussed five new or enhanced proposals to advance services negotiations at meetings of the Working Party on Domestic Regulation and the Services Council on 14-17 March 2017. Four of these proposals aim to ensure that domestic licensing procedures and technical standards do not constitute unnecessary barriers to trade while one proposal relates to the establishment of a trade facilitation agreement for services.
The White House is preparing to issue the notification to Congress that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Japan yesterday cautioned against haste in the conclusion of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) stressing “substance is more important than timing.”
Diep Thanh Kiet, vice chairman of the Vietnam Leather, Footwear, and Handbags Association (Lefaso), said that a 0 per cent tariff rate will be applied to around 50 types of Vietnamese-made footwear products exported to Europe.