Puerto AngamosPort Strike in Chile – Union workers have gone on strike at key Chilean ports San Antonio and Angamos. The strike began after the union’s request for regular salary talks to include part-time and non-union workers was not addressed. Part-time and non-union workers make up the bulk of those in the port industry.

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Panama Canal Authority Refuses to Pay Cost Overruns – Last week the consortium of builders working on the Panama Canal requested a payment of $1.6 billion in cost overruns from the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) in order to continue working on the expansion. The PCA rejected this demand and is preparing to bring in a third party to finish the project if no deal is reached.

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Japan Negotiates FTA with Turkey Japan and Turkey are negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that is expected to deepen economic relations and boost bilateral trade. With the FTA, small-medium enterprises (SME) in Turkey will be given more opportunities to export their products to Japan, one of the country’s most important markets.

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Suez Canal Plan Finalization in the Works – Egypt has invited more than a dozen business groups to bid on a chance to develop the Suez Canal, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia. A winning consortium will be selected in the next three months and will be given six months to come up with a master plan.

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