Wondering what the Americans might want from Canada in a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Multiple clues might be embedded in a document published by the U.S. government.
Trade negotiations between the 28-nation European Union and Indonesia are kicking into gear, according to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. The two sides launched negotiations last year, confirming plans to hold their first negotiating round in 2016.
US President Donald Trump has announced plans to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington to discuss trade and security matters in what will be the first face-to-face talks between the leaders since Trump took office last month. The leaders had earlier met informally in New York in November.
The United Kingdom and the United States are examining how to move ahead with preliminary trade negotiations, according to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who met with her American counterpart last week.
"The first week of Donald J. Trump's presidency of the United States has included both executive action and plans for meetings focused on trade, giving some early signals of the possible direction of the White House trade agenda and other policy priorities.
Exploratory discussions between the UK and Australia for a post-Brexit trade deal are expected to continue this week, media reports suggest, with some officials noting that migration will likely be an area of interest during the talks.
The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement negotiated between Canada and the EU, acquired the support of the European Parliament’s trade committee (INTA) on Tuesday 24 January, advancing one step closer towards ratification of the deal. The recommendation was approved by INTA during a two-day meeting of the committee.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Sydney last weekend to discuss a host of trade issues, including their plans to move forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The TPP, a planned pact between 12 nations in the Asia-Pacific, covers 37 percent of global GDP and a population of over 819 million.
Efforts to ratify an EU-Canada trade deal have seen progress in Europe, with the agreement receiving the backing of the European Parliament's environment, public health, and food safety (ENVI) committee last week. The 12 January vote featured 40 lawmakers in favour, 24 against, and one abstaining.
For the first time in generations Britain's ability to negotiate free trade agreements will be un-frozen. Proponents of free trade see in Brexit a global vision that could drive financial inclusion across the developing world and kick-start a new economic engine.