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TTIP and You (Part 2): The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s impact on U.S. SMEs

In last week’s blog, we looked at what TTIP is meant to achieve on a macro scale, as well as examining its impact on Ireland’s business community. In this continuation of that piece, we’ll be looking at what the agreement means for different sectors of the United States’ economy, and particularly what it means for Read more about TTIP and You (Part 2): The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s impact on U.S. SMEs[…]

Why isn’t the government being held to account on the China free trade deal?

Written by Greg Jericho If you want to see a government being held to account, you should plug your ears when you hear talk about the benefits of the China-Australia free trade agreement. Based on old, irrelevant modelling, the benefits of the agreement have been taken by too many in the media as given, rather than Read more about Why isn’t the government being held to account on the China free trade deal?[…]

China says FTA with South Korea may be effective in 2015

(Reuters) – A free trade agreement between China and South Korea should be effective in the second-half of next year if all goes well, a top commerce ministry official said on Monday, ending negotiations that started in 2012. The Chinese and South Korean governments said last week that they had “effectively” reached a free trade agreement that would remove Read more about China says FTA with South Korea may be effective in 2015[…]

Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal

Written by Matt Siegel (Reuters) – China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world’s second largest economy and one of Washington’s closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to Australian farm Read more about Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal[…]

Irrational fear risks depriving Europe of the benefits of trade

Written by Katinka Barysch See on FT: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/53563c12-5b9e-11e4-a674-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3IwXgpzoV The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership now being hammered out between the US and the EU is shaping up to be one of the boldest free trade agreements in recent history. It is designed to remove remaining tariffs between the world’s two richest economic blocs and to lower barriers to trade Read more about Irrational fear risks depriving Europe of the benefits of trade[…]

Obama says momentum building on ‘historic’ trans-Pacific trade deal

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he sees momentum building for a Washington-backed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific, after arriving in Beijing on the first leg of an eight-day Asia tour. U.S officials had ruled out a major announcement on the ambitious 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Beijing, where Obama will attend the Read more about Obama says momentum building on ‘historic’ trans-Pacific trade deal[…]

India to sign free trade with ASEAN soon: Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher (03/09/2014)

By PTI | 3 Sep, 2014, 12.48PM IST Signing of the two pacts – FTA in services and investments – were scheduled during the India-ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting in Myanmar last week. But the meeting was postponed as Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was not able to attend the meet due to domestic compulsions. Read more about India to sign free trade with ASEAN soon: Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher (03/09/2014)[…]