The art of the free trade agreement

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The Hindu | June 07, 2017

The art of the free trade agreement

Prabhash Ranjan

A European Court of Justice ruling will have bearing on India-EU pacts

During their recent meeting in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on the need to resume India-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA) talks. These negotiations, covering trade, investment protection and intellectual property, have remained deadlocked since 2013. Continue reading “The art of the free trade agreement”

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Reformed ISDS

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The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism has come under fire in the past few years. As a result of many controversial cases, civil society groups, international organisations, academics, lawyers and state officials have argued that the arbitration process has had a negative impact on public interest and is need of reform or should be scrapped altogether.

Therefore tweaked versions of the system have been proposed to avoid the most undesired “side effects” of standard ISDS rules. At least 45 countries and four regional blocs are revising or have recently revised their investment model agreements. Continue reading “Reformed ISDS”

Investment protection in EU Vietnam FTA

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Vietnam Briefing | 24 August 2018

Investment protection in EU Vietnam FTA

by Koushan Das

Vietnam and the EU recently completed the legal review of their EU Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). The agreement will now be translated into 22 EU official languages and sent to the European Parliament for final approval. Along with the FTA, EU and Vietnam has also concluded their discussions on an Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which they decided to keep it separate from the FTA. The IPA, which is currently undergoing a legal review, aims to protect investors and investments in EU and Vietnam. Continue reading “Investment protection in EU Vietnam FTA”

Moon’s ’anti-corruption’ move invites ISDS lawsuits

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Korea Times | 26 September 2018

Moon’s ’anti-corruption’ move invites ISDS lawsuits

By Nam Hyun-woo

The Moon Jae-in administration’s campaign to “root out archaic irregularities” appears to have backfired as global private equity funds are rushing to file investor-state dispute settlements (ISDS) over the controversial merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries in 2015.

Following Elliott, which went after the Moon Jae-in government’s acknowledgement of the previous administration’s intervention in the merger, a separate U.S. private equity fund, Mason, has recently issued a similar claim. Those moves are placing the government in a dilemma over whether it should deny its own rationale or pay more than 1 trillion won (890 million) in compensation. Continue reading “Moon’s ’anti-corruption’ move invites ISDS lawsuits”

Nguyên Tổng bí thư Đỗ Mười và cuộc chống lạm phát 700% sau Đổi mới

VNE – Thứ ba, 2/10/2018, 17:09 (GMT+7)

Năm 1987, lạm phát lên 700%, Chủ tịch Hội đồng Bộ trưởng Đỗ Mười đã thực hiện nhiều giải pháp đưa tỷ lệ này xuống 10% vào năm 1992.

Là trợ lý của nguyên Tổng bí thư Đỗ Mười trong nhiều năm, ông Lê Đức Thúy, nguyên Thống đốc Ngân hàng Nhà nước chia sẻ với VnExpress những ấn tượng lớn nhất về cố Tổng bí thư.

Ông Lê Đức Thuý, nguyên Thống đốc Ngân hàng Nhà nước: Ảnh: VT.

Ông Lê Đức Thuý, nguyên Thống đốc Ngân hàng Nhà nước: Ảnh: VT.

Vietnam’s Party chief Trong presented as presidential candidate

VNE – By Viet Tuan   October 3, 2018 | 06:59 pm GMT+7

Vietnam’s Party chief Trong presented as presidential candidate
Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is seen at a reception ceremony in Hanoi, January 23, 2018. Photo by Reuters/Kham

The Party’s Central Committee has nominated General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to be the country’s next president.

The committee voted on Wednesday to introduce Trong as a candidate for the head of state post to Vietnam’s legislative National Assembly, which will be in sesssion between October 21 and November 19. No other candidates have been proposed for the job. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Party chief Trong presented as presidential candidate”