Free trade agreements have become a major social and political issue in Thailand since former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra agreed in 2003 to negotiate a comprehensive bilateral agreement with the United States. A broad multi-sectoral coalition in Thailand, called FTA Watch, monitors and mobilizes Thai FTA policy quite often, given the deep and extensive nature of these agreements for Thai society. Thailand has signed 12 agreements (6 bilateral and 6 multilateral) with 9 free trade agreements under negotiation or under leadership. These agreements could have a big influence on Thailand`s future trade and investment in the coming years. In addition to these examples, there is a specific FTA term called “ratchet mechanism” or “Automatically initiates the unilateral liberalization of new services under this agreement.” This mechanism, if included in the free trade agreement clause, is only a means of blocking any modification or future modification of national laws, directives or regulations, in particular for trade in services and investment parties, and cannot be replaced by more restrictive amendments than the previous conditions. Thus, this mechanism is being developed to ensure that measures under national legislation gradually become beneficial IIA Mapping Project The IIA Mapping Project is a cooperative initiative between UNCTAD and universities around the world to map the content of IIAs. The resulting database serves as a tool to understand trends in the development of the IIA, assess the prevalence of different policy approaches and identify examples of contracts. The “Mapping of IIA Content” allows you to browse the results of previous projects (the page will be updated regularly when the new results are updated). Please cite as: UNCTAD, Mapping of IIA Content, available under investmentpolicy.unctad.org/international-investment-agreements/iia-mapping For more information: Mapping Project Page Project Description & Methodology Document IIA Navigator This IIAs database – the IIA Navigator – is managed by UNCTAD`s IIA Section.
You can browse the IIAs concluded by a particular country or group of countries, view the recently concluded ais or use the extended contract search for demanding research tailored to your needs. Please cite UNCTAD, International Investment Agreements Navigator, available in investmentpolicy.unctad.org/international-investment-agreements/ The provisions of the DBA apply to persons established in one or two Contracting States. . . .