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Australia and New Zealand to pursue ‘TPP 12 minus one’

Australia and New Zealand say they are hopeful of pressing ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, despite America’s formal withdrawal. The US-led, 12-nation agreement was set to cover 40% of the world’s economic output. Pulling out of the TPP was one of Mr Trump’s first executive orders and fulfils a long-held campaign promise. Australia has already devised a …

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Presiden Trump tarik AS dari Kemitraan Trans-Pasifik

Donald Trump menandai hari pertamanya sebagai presiden Amerika Serikat dengan mengambil keputusan untuk mundur dari perjanjian perdagangan bebas, Kemitraan Trans-Pasifik, TPP. Ia memperingatkan akan ada sanksi bagi perusahaan-perusahaan Amerika Serikat yang memindahkan lapangan kerja ke luar negeri. Keputusan mundur dari TPP ini sebenarnya langkah simbolik karena kesepakatan TPP yang dirudingkan oleh pemerintah Barack Obama tak pernah diratifikasi oleh Kongres. Mundur …

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Uni Eropa dan Indonesia memulai Tahun Baru dengan putaran kedua perundingan Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas yang komprehensif

The negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Indonesia were officially launched on 18 July 2016. The first negotiating round took place in Brussels from 20-21 September 2016. The EU negotiating team was led by Ms Helena König, Director for Asia and Latin America, while the Indonesian team was led by Pak Iman Pambagyo, Director General …

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The past and present of “free trade” and investment agreement

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (May16/06) 9 May 2016 Third World Network Dear friends and colleagues, We are pleased to share with you several recent articles that shed light on the nature of past and present “free trade” and investment agreements. In the first article (1), Executive Director of the Geneva-based South Centre, Martin Khor, writes of …

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Gov’t Ready to Accelerate Trade Negotiation With EU

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: The Ministry of Trade is ready to restart the negotiation of Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU CEPA). The trade agreement is expected to boost competitiveness of Indonesian products in Europe. The negotiation is scheduled to be launched during President Joko Widodo’s visit to Brussels in the end of this month. Meanwhile, Lembong along with Minister of …

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Jokowi Sets to Start Indonesia-EU Negotiations

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong expressed optimism that Indonesia-European Union trade negotiations would be kicked off soon. Lembong believes that the implementation of the economic cooperation would realize government’s nine-priority agenda in a bid to increase people’s productivity and competitiveness in the international market. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been scheduled to launch the negotiation during his working visit …

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What’s the problem with free trade?

What’s the problem with free trade? by Dave Johnson Our country’s “free trade” agreements have followed a framework of trading away our democracy and middle-class prosperity in exchange for letting the biggest corporations dominate. There are those who say any increase in trade is good. But if you close a factory here and lay off the workers, open the factory …

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How TPP, TTIP and agriculture are shaping EU Japan trade talks

How TPP, TTIP and agriculture are shaping EU Japan trade talks by Iana Dreyer The factors that shape EU trade policy are many. But among those that shape most actual and current negotiation dynamics in the EU Japan FTA negotiations, which started in 2013, a few months before the transatlantic TTIP talks, two stand out: United States free trade agreements …

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International investment law, development and sovereignty: no harm?

International investment law, development and sovereignty: no harm? by Nicolás Marcelo Perrone Nicolás Marcelo Perrone is an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Externado de Colombia. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include foreign investment, the international investment regime, and development. Foreign investment-led development and the international investment regime Since the …

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President says Indonesia intends to join TPP trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo, speaking after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, said his Southeast Asian country intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the United States has forged with 11 other nations. “We are the largest economy in Southeast Asia,” Widodo said through a translator. “And Indonesia intends to join the TPP.” …

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