WTO achieve TFA

The first Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) came into force yesterday when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) gathered the two-thirds acceptance it needed from its 164 members. The full text of […]

World Bank publishes Doing Business 2017 report

The World Bank has published its Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All report. You can find a copy of the report here. The press release as published on the […]

Argentina plans major business and investment forum

Argentina is planning a major business and investment forum on 12th – 14th September. The initiative is being driven by the country’s new president, Mauricio Macri as he takes the […]

Canada and Ukraine sign Free Trade Agreement

Canada and Ukraine signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), yesterday. The text of the press release published on the Canadian prime minister’s website is […]

Trans Pacific Partnership agreement signed by twelve countries

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has been signed by twelve countries in a deal that has taken seven years of negotiations to come to fruition. The agreement was signed by Australia, […]

Iranian President embarks on trade offensive

Now that sanctions against Iran are starting to be removed Iranian President has engaged in a flurry of visits to open up trade with key partners. In the past week […]

Cabinet agrees to fix investor problems

The Bulgarian Cabinet has identified ten problems facing investors and has agreed to set a timeline of January 2016 to get them fixed. The report in the Sofia Globe outlines […]

President inaugurates New Suez Canal today

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will inaugurate the New Suez Canal project today at 2 p.m. local time. The project was started a year ago at a cost of $6 billion. […]

Clean Power Plan announced

President Barack Obama has announced the details of his Clean Power Plan, an initiative to cut greenhouse emissions from US Power Stations by a third within 15 years. Power plant […]

Obama and Kenyatta address Entrepreneurship Summit

United States President Barack Obama is visiting Kenya. During his visit he attended a meeting of the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi. The summit is an initiative by […]

Vietnam and Thai Cabinets sign joint statement

The Vietnamese and Thai Cabinets met on 23rd July at a Joint Cabinet Retreat and agreed to increase bilateral trade between the two countries from $25 billion to $20 billion […]

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Iran and the E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security […]

SEZs planned on borders with neighbouring countries

Thailand is developing a series of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) designed to connect with neighbouring countries as well as developing the infrastructure necessary to support them. The announcement was made […]

Airports Commission recommends third Heathrow runway

The United Kingdom’s Airports Commission has published its report for expanding aviation capacity in the UK. The report is long awaited and is bound to be politically difficult for the […]

President signs important Trade Acts

President Barack Obama signed two important Acts yesterday, the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trade Preferences Extension Act, which includes the Trade Adjustment Assistance. The Acts include a so called […]

Australia and China sign Free Trade Agreement

Australia and China have signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which is estimated to be worth around $17 billion to Australian exporters. Prime Minister Tony Abbott was present at the […]

Zimbabwe Dollar demonetised

President Robert Mugabe has issued Statutory Instrument 70 of 2015 titled: “Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (Demonetisation of Notes and Coins) Notice 2015 which demonetises the Zimbabwe dollar in favour of […]

Tripartite Summit agrees Free Trade Agreement

Egypt is hosting a meeting of the third COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Summit during which 26 nations covering large tracts of Africa have signed a Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) after five […]

2015 Vietnam Business Forum opens

The 2015 Vietnam Business Forum opened in Hanoi yesterday (9th June 2015) in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the World Bank Group. You can read […]

South Korea and China sign FTA

South Korea and China have signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Chinese President Xi Jinping said “Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the trade volume of both countries increased over […]

Modi addresses India-China Business Forum

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently completing a three day official visit to China. During the course of his stay he is reported to have signed 24 agreements deepening […]

PM stands down

Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev has tendered his resignation following the approval of the 2014 report by the Cabinet to parliament. The Prime Minister took office a year ago and is […]

Full text of PM speech to Invest Malaysia 2015

Prime Minister Najib Razak was the key speaker at the Invest Malaysia 2015 conference at which he delivered a speech entitled “Malaysia’s Competitive Frontier”. Around 2,000 delegates comprising global fund […]

Tourism Minister announces major marketing campaign

Egypt is planning to run a three year Tourism marketing campaign worth $40 million, open two new resorts and attract 20 million tourists by 2020 says newly appointed Tourism Minister […]

Egypt changes investment laws ahead of conference

Ahead of an investment conference which starts today and continues until Sunday (13th – 15th March) President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has approved a number of changes to the country’s investment […]