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Canada's Trudeau rejects U.S. proposal for bilateral trade pact

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'Canada's position is, and always has been that the trilateral approach is actually better for Canada, for Mexico and for the United States,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

NAFTA. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejects a US proposal to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of a bilateral trade pact. File photo by AFP

Trump would prefer separate deals with Canada, Mexico – White House

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:54 PM

'He prefers bilateral negotiations and he is looking at two much different countries,' says Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Fox News.

SEPARATE DEALS. US President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trudeau, Trump: NAFTA talks could conclude soon

May 15, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Canada, Mexico, and the US are renegotiating their 24-year-old free trade pact – a process triggered last year by US President Donald Trump, who called the deal a 'disaster' that has destroyed US jobs

US-CANADA. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

World Bank recommends free trade zone in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi area

Apr 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'With zero tariff and few non-tariff barriers, Basulta could return to a version of the barter trade that made it prosperous in the past,' says the World Bank

UNLIKE ANY OTHER. Magnificent sunrise in Tandu Banak, Sibutu. Photo by Glen Santillan/Rappler

44 African nations sign pact establishing free trade area – African Union

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:35 PM

'The agreement establishing the CFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) was signed by 44 countries,' says Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the AU commission

FREE TRADE AREA. Photo from Twitter account of Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Mexico vows U.S. steel tariff retaliation

Mar 07, 2018 - 8:48 AM

'We would have to target our response at the things they export that are most politically sensitive and hit exactly those goods. We have the ability to respond,' says Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo

NAFTA RENEGOTIATION. (L-R) Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer gather for a trilateral meeting at Global Affairs on the final day of the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations in Ottawa, Ontario, September 27, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Trump vows Mexico, Canada steel tariffs without 'fair' NAFTA deal

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The US leader links his planned steel and aluminum tariffs to the ongoing talks with Mexico and Canada in his latest anti-NAFTA rampage on Twitter

US President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in of the White House senior staff at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway will accord duty-free market access to all industrial and fishery products from the Philippines

Canada looks to Pacific as NAFTA under threat

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Canada announces it will sign on the Trans Pacific Partnership, moving to diversify its trade relationships as Canadian, US and Mexican negotiators kick off a sixth round of talks NAFTA

JOINING TPP. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 annual meeting, on January 23, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

PH wants free trade agreement with U.S.

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:01 PM

At the bilateral meeting between Trump and Duterte, the Philippine side says it's about time a free trade agreement is sealed between the two allies

ASEAN, Hong Kong sign deal in 'vote for open trade'

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The signing takes place during the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Manila

FREE TRADE. Southeast Asian nations and Hong Kong sign an agreement for open trade. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

What’s next for the ASEAN economy in a post-American world?

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:15 AM

The US-led global order that fostered stability and globalization is crumbling and ASEAN economies will have to be linked closer than ever to thrive in the uncertain new world

Canada, Mexico stick to NAFTA guns despite Trump threats

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Visiting Mexico on the heels of a tense trip to Washington, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplays US President Donald Trump's attacks on NAFTA as part and parcel of the negotiations on updating the 23-year-old accord

Canada, U.S., Mexico herald 'astonishing' progress in trade talks

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:17 AM

The negotiations wrapped up as a row erupted over Canadian aircraft sales to the United States

NAFTA RENEGOTIATION. (L-R) Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer gather for a trilateral meeting at Global Affairs on the final day of the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations in Ottawa, Ontario, September 27, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Landmark EU, Canada trade deal enters into force

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Observers have said the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could set a model for future ties between Britain and the EU after Brexit

This file photo taken on September 20, 2016 shows a man holding a placard depicting a no entry sign with the TTIP and CETA logos, during a demonstration outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels. John Thys/AFP

ASEAN to sign Hong Kong free trade deal in November

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Hong Kong also completes negotiations on an investment pact with ASEAN says Philippine Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo

TRADE CENTRAL. Shipping containers stacked at a port terminal in Hong Kong on July 6, 2012. Dale dela Rey/AFP

Second round of NAFTA talks amid Trump threats

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:53 AM

UPDATED There are 25 issues on the agenda for this round each being discussed at a separate roundtable including e commerce the environment anti corruption measures investment and access to property markets

NAFTA. US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

NAFTA renegotiation talks open amid high expectations

Aug 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

There are high expectations but vastly different views on how to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA into a deal that pleases all sides

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks before Rex Tillerson was sworn in as Secretary of State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

UK may seek temporary customs union after Brexit

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Department for Exiting the EU says it will seek to agree a time limited period of implementation to provide certainty for businesses and allow for new customs arrangements to be set up

Canary Wharf, the London financial district, and the river Thames is seen in London on June 24, 2016. Leon Neal/AFP

U.S. seeks to renegotiate South Korea free trade deal

Jul 13, 2017 - 12:33 PM

The US free trade agreement with South Korea known as KORUS went into force in March 2012 since when Washington says its trade deficit with the country has more than doubled

This picture taken on September 3, 2016 shows a general view of the Hanjin Incheon Container Terminal in Seoul.  Ed Jones/AFP

Merkel takes aim at Trump ahead of stormy G20

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:57 PM

UPDATED Merkel vows to make a stand next week for climate protection and open markets at what is expected to be the most fractious G20 summit in years

REFLECTION. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reflects in a window as she gives a speech at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on June 29, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Canada to be 'firm' in trade conflicts with US – Trudeau

May 20, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will work very very hard to defend Canada s trade interests

WORLD LEADERS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

How Chooks to Go built a business bigger than GMA Network

May 06, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated – the group behind brands Chooks To Go Uling Roasters and Reyal – was not an overnight success While an egg takes about 21 days to hatch BAVI took 15 years

ASEAN PLAYER? Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated, the largest poultry integrator in the Philippines and company behind the brand Chooks to Go, Uling Roasters, and Reyal, is setting its sight on regional expansion.

ASEAN ministers to raise flag vs protectionism

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Yes [we are] against protectionism Any move to reverse the track towards globalization it will be hard Integration should push through so trading as well as flow of goods and services will be easier Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says

AGAINST PROTECTIONISM. 'Any move to reverse the track towards globalization, it will be hard. Integration should push through, so trading as well as flow of goods and services will be easier,' Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says. Screenshot from Rappler livestream

Canada, Mexico win NAFTA breathing space

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:42 AM

But US President Donald Trump still left open the possibility of withdrawing from the pact if talks fail

WARM WELCOME. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump agrees to NAFTA talks, no exit – for now

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:28 AM

3rd UPDATE Trump s unrelenting back and forth seemed certain to keep Washington s two closest trade partners on edge as they move to revamp one of the world s biggest trading blocs

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks before Rex Tillerson was sworn in as Secretary of State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Why you should care about ASEAN integration

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:15 AM

From working or studying abroad to traveling more overseas to having a better job these are ways the ASEAN integration can personally affect you

Villarin: PH to lose $12.8B in EU trade if death penalty returns

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says one of the considerations for countries to continue having tariff free trading with the European Union is the non imposition of the death penalty

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin is one of the lawmakers opposing the return of the capital punishment. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

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Feb 16, 2017 - 10:24 AM

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Canada's Trudeau to visit the White House on Feb 13

Feb 10, 2017 - 9:50 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says strong ties with the United States help the middle class in both our countries

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference in Ottawa, Ontario, September 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Lars Hagberg

Trump vows to 'start renegotiating' NAFTA

Jan 23, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Since Trump s November victory both Canada and Mexico have announced that they are willing to sit down with the new US administration to reexamine the free trade agreement

US President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in of the White House senior staff at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

DTI chief Lopez: Trump's reforms align with Duterte's

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:13 PM

In an early session at the World Economic Forum 2017 DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez says he has observed that the US new economic priorities are aligned with Duterte s thrust to spur economic growth

ALIGNED POLICIES. Photo taken when Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez introduced President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Philippine-China Trade and Investment Forum held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

PH shelves TPP membership, eyes China-led RCEP

Nov 21, 2016 - 6:29 PM

UPDATED The Philippines eyes the China led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as an ideal and lucrative market

TALE OF TRADE DEALS. With the TPP now apparently dead in the water, the Philippines puts focus on exploring opportunities in China-led RCEP. Background Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Asia-Pacific leaders defend trade against Trump tide

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:50 AM

US President elect Donald Trump s attacks on free trade deals are causing jitters in the Pacific Rim

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and others listen to US President Barack Obama (R) make a statement before a meeting November 19, 2016 in Lima, Peru. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

APEC: China pushes free trade as Trump leaves void

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Chinese President Xi Jinping pushes Beijing s free trade plans at a summit of Asia Pacific leaders stepping up to fill the void left by US President elect Donald Trump s protectionism

APEC 2016. Leaders take part in the start of the ABAC and APEC Leaders' Dialogue at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima on November 19, 2016. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Asia-Pacific leaders talk trade in a Trump world

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 3 big factors looming over the 21 nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima Peru

A man arrives at the convention centre prior to the upcoming APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting, in Lima, on October 12, 2016. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Asia-Pacific leaders to talk trade in a Trump world

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

This year s APEC Summit to be held in Peru may be unlike any other coming on the heels of Trump s shock win in the November 8 election

READY FOR APEC. A worker sweeps the front stairs of the convention centre prior to the upcoming APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting, in Lima, on October 12, 2016. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Bracing for Trump, some in Canada see 'nothing good'

Nov 10, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Canada s exports to the US account for 20 of its gross domestic product and most analysts predict a drop in trade if Trump follows through with protectionist measures

Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

IMF warns of protectionist threat to global growth

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The International Monetary Fund cuts its economic outlook for the United States but upgrades those for Japan and the eurozone

This IMF handout photo shows International Monetary Fund Economic Counsellor Maurice Obstfeld as he answers questions during the World Economic Outlook Press Conference at the IMF Headquarters during the 2016 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings October 4, 201 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / IMF / Stephen Jaffe / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /IMF/Stephen JAFFE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Britain faces free trade headache after Brexit vote

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:54 AM

International trade experts highlight Britain s lack of experience in free trade negotiations

BREXIT. A man in a pro-Brexit counter protest against pro-Europe marchers on a March for Europe demonstration against the Brexit vote in central London on September 3, 2016. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

UK trade envoy: Brexit opens door to new era of trade with PH

Aug 27, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Richard Graham MP Prime Minister Theresa May s handpicked trade envoy to the Philippines says negative perceptions on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines are unlikely to affect potential UK investments

IMF says not recanting on neoliberalism, austerity

Jun 03, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Maurice Obstfeld the International Monetary Fund s top economist says an article by 3 other IMF economists was widely misinterpreted

IMF economists question faith in neoliberal doctrine

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:05 AM

Instead of delivering growth some neoliberal policies have increased inequality says 3 economists from the International Monetary Fund

epa04824587 (FILE) A file photo dated 18 May 2011 showing the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. Greece will not make the 1.6-billion-euro (1.8-billion-dollar) repayment due 30 June 2015 to the International Monetary Fund unless it strikes a deal in the coming hours with its creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in Athens as the deadline loomed. He implied that his left-wing government would resign if Greeks vote 'yes' in a planned 05 July referendum on a renegotiated bailout. The Greek vote is widely seen as deciding whether the near-bankrupt country stays in the eurozone. No country has left the currency bloc since its founding in 1999. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Global recovery 'too weak, too fragile' – IMF chief

Apr 05, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Christine Lagarde hints the International Monetary Fund will cut its global growth forecast for the year amid increasing risks

epa05244579 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde attends during a conference at the House of Finance of the university in Frankfurt, Germany, 05 April 2016. IMF Director Lagarde is holding a lecture in Frankfurt on 05 April with welcome remarks by Bundesbank president Weidmann. EPA/BORIS ROESSLER

US, Canada and Mexico sign clean energy pact

Feb 13, 2016 - 9:38 AM

The trio will also collaborate on environmental stewardship

Jokowi: Peraturan kawasan perdagangan bebas dan pemerintah daerah tak harmonis

Jan 05, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Kata Jokowi peraturan tentang Free Trade Zone Batam Bintan dan Karimun bermasalah

Presiden Jokowi pimpin Rapat Terbatas di Kantor Presiden, pada 5 Januari 2016. Foto dari Setkab.go.id

EU, Philippines to begin free trade talks

Dec 22, 2015 - 10:42 PM

A senior EU official says that the free trade talks will begin early 2016

PH, European negotiators narrow gap in free trade talks

Dec 07, 2015 - 5:59 PM

The Philippines and the European Free Trade Association eye another meeting in early 2016 on the planned free trade agreement

NEGOTIATIONS. Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. (left), spokesperson for the Philippines and Ambassador Didier Chambovey, spokesperson for European Free Trade Association meet for a fourth round of negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland in November. Photo from EFTA website

APEC 2015: Summit ends with looming trade deal competition

Nov 19, 2015 - 7:52 PM

The leaders declaration reiterates the need for an APEC wide free trade agreement

CONCLUDING. The leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) 21 economies discuss how to boost regional trade at the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

IN PHOTOS: MSMEs showcased at APEC's Int'l Media Center

Nov 19, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Philippine based micro small and medium enterprises feature culture history versatility in their craftsmanship

From Expo Mandaue. A 1959 Porsche convertible (not for sale) hand-made with coconut twigs and ratan encased in fiber glass is displayed at Expo Mandaue in the IMC. It was designed by Clayton Togonon. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler