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Israel, South Korea announce free trade deal

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen calls the deal 'historic,' saying it is Israel's first such agreement with an east Asian nation

'HISTORIC.' South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee (L) and Israeli Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen stand after signing a free trade agreement between Israel and the Republic of Korea in Jerusalem on August 21, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Trump, Trudeau mend fences at White House meeting

Jun 21, 2019 - 6:27 AM

The two men have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec last June

NEIGHBORS. US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Philippines, South Korea begin free trade deal talks

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:30 PM

With the start of negotiations for a free trade agreement, the Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry says it expects better bilateral ties with South Korea

TALKS BEGIN. The Philippines and South Korea officially begin negotiations which is expected to lead to a free trade agreement. Photo from DTI

Philippines, South Korea to pursue free trade agreement

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) If the deal pushes through, it would be the Philippines' second economic partnership, after the one with Japan

Trump hails 'most important ever' U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade pact

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Analysts say USMCA is similar to NAFTA in many respects but there is improved access for US agricultural goods, including the dairy products which Canada in particular had tried to limit

NEW TRADE PACT. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

U.S., Mexico, Canada agree on free trade pact to replace NAFTA

Oct 01, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) updates and replaces the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which President Donald Trump had labeled a disaster and promised to cancel

THE USMCA. In this file photo taken on September 24, 2017 the Mexican, US and the Canadian flags sit in the lobby where the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations are taking place in Ottawa, Ontario.  File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Canada, U.S. in last-minute NAFTA deal – media

Oct 01, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Reports of a deal cause a jump in the Canadian dollar on early Asian trading with the loonie up 0.7% from its Friday close at $1.2814

NAFTA DEAL. US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.S., Canada hold last-minute NAFTA talks as deadline looms

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'Lots of progress, but we're not there yet,' David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, said in Ottawa before heading back to Washington earlier on Sunday

No new progress reported in U.S.-Canada trade talks

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters negotiations had been 'continuous' and 'constructive' but in contrast to previous encounters over the past month she refrained from saying the sides had made progress

CHRYSTIA FREELAND. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'More work' to get a continental trade deal – Trudeau

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Negotiators have been in talks nearly non-stop for a month as they try to overcome hurdles and agree on a NAFTA rewrite

NAFTA. In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018. File photo by Lars Harberg/AFP

U.S., Canada to try to salvage 3-country NAFTA

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Legislators and trade law experts have warned that Donald Trump does not have the authority to supplant the 3-nation NAFTA with a bilateral pact with Canada

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump 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 threatens to exclude Canada from new NAFTA deal

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Trump's tweet seems designed to greatly ramp up the pressure on Canadian negotiators

TIT FOR TAT. In this file photo taken on June 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. presses ahead with Mexico trade pact, talks with Canada resume next week

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says that a 'win-win-win agreement is within reach' among the 3 countries

US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018.  President Donald Trump said Monday the US had reached a "really good deal" with Mexico and talks with Canada would begin shortly on a new regional free trade pact."It's a big day for trade. It's a really good deal for both countries," Trump said."Canada, we will start negotiations shortly. I'll be calling their prime minister very soon," Trump said.US and Mexican negotiators have been working for weeks to iron out differences in order to revise the nearly 25-year old North American Free Trade Agreement, while Canada was waiting to rejoin the negotiations.  / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Roadblocks remain as U.S.-Canada NAFTA talks go down to the wire

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:50 PM

With the US deadline to get an agreement by Friday, there are reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on the NAFTA mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada's managed dairy market

NAFTA DEAL. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S., Canada agreement on NAFTA 2.0 appears to be in reach

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is a possibility of getting to a good deal for Canada by Friday,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

NAFTA TALKS. 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

Mexico president-elect wants Canada in new NAFTA

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The ball is now in Canada's court after the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on Monday, August 27

NAFTA. In this file photo, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

U.S., Mexico finalize trade pact; Canada to rejoin talks August 28

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The uncertainty around the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement now revolves around whether it can remain a 3-nation deal, as President Donald Trump suggests he could cut Ottawa out

NAFTA. US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mexican president sees 3-way NAFTA deal 'this week'

Aug 28, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The United States and Mexico had been holding two-way talks to iron out lingering issues, before bringing Canada back to the table

NAFTA DEAL. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a special message to the media pledging to strengthen mechanisms to guarantee the safety of journalists, at the Los Pinos Residence in Mexico City, on May 17, 2017.  Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Trump hints U.S., Mexico on verge of trade agreement amid NAFTA renegotiation

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:46 PM

'Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour,' tweets United States President Donald Trump

TRADE TALKS. US President Donald Trump says the trade agreement between his country and the Mexico may be happening soon. File photo by AFP

Trump: Trade deal with Mexico 'could be happening soon'

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:26 PM

His tweet follows a similarly optimistic message from Mexico's economy minister who said that Canada was set to rejoin talks as soon as they were called

TRUMP. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mexico, U.S. close to a deal on NAFTA overhaul

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said he hoped to conclude 'in the next few hours or days' bilateral talks with US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer

NAFFTA TALKS. Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo answers journalists questions as he leaves the Office of the US Trade Representative after a day of meetings on the NAFTA treaty on August 22, 2018 in Washington DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Trump presses Mexico to speed up NAFTA talks – Lopez Obrador

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:37 PM

NAFTA talks are due to resume on July 26, in Washington between Canada, Mexico and the United States, and Mexico City has said a deal could be struck by the end of August

FIRST PHONE CALL. US President Donald Trump and newly elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speak in a phone call. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

British PM wins cabinet backing for UK-EU free trade area

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Less than 9 months before Britain leaves the EU, May's government is finally setting out exactly what it wants following public splits about how aligned it will remain with the regional bloc

CABINET MEETING. In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photo by Crown Copyright (Joel Rouse)/AFP

Canada hits back at U.S. with tariffs on metals, bourbon, orange juice

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The tit-for-tat duties are a response to the punishing US steel and aluminum tariffs imposed at the start of June

TIT FOR TAT. In this file photo taken on June 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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