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EU Commission proposes conclusion of FTA’s with Japan and Singapore 
“The Japan agreement is the biggest bilateral partnership ever negotiated by the European Union. … The trade and investment agreements with Singapore are the EU’s first completed bilateral deals with a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.”
[European Commission]

EU Council approves modernised trade defence rules
“The changes to the EU’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy regulations will make the EU’s trade defence instruments more adapted to the challenges of the global economy: they’ll become more effective, transparent and easier to use for companies. In some cases they will also enable the EU to impose higher duties on dumped products.”
[European Commission]

EU rules out concessions to avoid Trump tariffs
“The EU commissioner for trade, Cecilia Malmström, demanded on Wednesday (18 April) a ‘permanent and unconditional’ exemption from U.S. President Donald Trump´s tariffs [on steel and aluminium] and said the EU would not negotiate anything ‘under threat.’”

New Zealand urges trade deal with EU
“New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday pushed for a ‘progressive’ free-trade agreement with the European Union in the coming months, while saying British aspirations of turning the Commonwealth into a trading platform were a ‘longer run aspiration.’”
[Yahoo News]

Middle East

Jordan and Turkey to resume trade talks
“Earlier this month, the ministry [of industry, trade, and supply] announced several conditions for resuming the deal including the Turkish side’s consent to measures Jordan will devise to protect local industries and agreement to increase technical assistance to Jordan as stipulated by the FTA. Ankara is also requested to reconsider the ‘strict’ rules of origin specifications it applies to Jordan’s exports.”
[The Jordan Times]


Nigeria could lose port revenue from continental FTA 
“Nigeria may lose over 60 percent revenue currently being generated from her seaports across the country when signatories to the African Continental Free Trade Area ratify the pact and the common Economic Community of West African States tariff fully implemented. The implementation of common ECOWAS tariff will make Nigeria lose businesses because it means that once a tariff is paid in one country, no other tariff will be paid in any other country in West Africa.”
[This Day]

Mozambique trade with China up 24 percent

Cross-border trade between Kenya and Tanzania flourishes
“Kenya and Tanzania have seen a steady growth in revenue from cross-border trade since the introduction of the one-stop border posts four years ago. Kenya Revenue Authority’s deputy commissioner for the Southern Region Nicholas Kinoti told The East African that trade volumes have risen, revenue has doubled, and it has become easier to do business across borders.”
[The East African]