3rd March 2015
Sri Lanka to re-apply for GSP+ “within three months”
Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry said in late February that the country will re-apply for admission to the EU's duty-free GSP+ programme as "important tasks undertaken by his Ministry in...
27th February 2015
EU negotiators still reluctant to forecast agreement on Vietnamese FTA
EU free-trade negotiators with Vietnam sounded very uncertain in February about a speedy agreement. EU free-trade negotiators with Vietnam are positive about progress on rules about merchandise, Mauro Petriccione, the EU...
23rd February 2015
EU-India free trade:”ball in India’s court” says EU ambassador
The EU is "looking for the Indian authorities to define their position" on further negotiations about and EU-India free trade deal, and "the ball is in India’s court" to signal...
28th January 2015
Philippines announce negotiations on EU Free Trade Agreement. The EU doesn’t
Ceferino Rodolfo,Industry Development and Trade Policy assistant secretary at the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry, told a local audience on January 22 that his colleagues “ are going to start negotiations by...
9th January 2015
Sri Lankan President, conceding defeat, leaves office.
Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted defeat in the January 8 Sri Lanka presidential election, and his press officer said early on January 9 that he " had already left his official residence...
17th November 2014
Grandiose trade deals: the puzzling case of the ignored Apparel Periphery
China's November 11 call for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) seems to add yet another grandiose trade plan doomed for oblivion to a puzzling set of projects which...
11th November 2014
Are we seeing the industry’s first social accountability tipping point?
In the decade or so I've been sharing my views in my monthly FlanaRant, one paradox has particularly puzzled me: Big apparel buyers have consistently laid down tight specifications for...