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Thailand expects some progress on RCEP pact finalisation before July
Thailand is expecting “some progress” towards finalisation of the long-delayed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) before July as a ministerial-level meeting is likely soon to address many of the pending issues.
Indonesia calls for unified ASEAN position in RCEP talks
Indonesia has called on ASEAN member countries to develop a unified position in negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Australia, ASEAN leaders pledge commitment to free trade, highlight regional cooperation
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia met in Sydney on 18 March to discuss the next steps for their Strategic Partnership, initiated in 2014, with regional trade agreements, digital trade, and sustainable urbanisation high on the agenda.
Statement of Trade Justice Pilipinas : Human rights should be central to EU- Philippines partnership
Trade Justice Pilipinas is alarmed over reports that the European Union is wavering on its commitment to protect and promote human rights in the context of its long-term strategic partnership with the Philippines.
ASEAN countries unconvinced by EU trade pact
South East Asian countries are dragging their feet on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU, with officials saying that the countries still need to be convinced of the benefits of the region-to-region deal.
EU, ASEAN ministers call for greater efforts to advance trade talks
Officials from the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) pledged on Friday 2 March to speed up their efforts to negotiate free trade agreements, both at the bilateral level and eventually at the region-to-region level, following a meeting in Singapore.
Palm oil issue must be resolved ahead of Asean-EU FTA, says Mah
Palm oil would be at the top of Malaysia’s agenda on its free trade talks under the Asean with the European Union (EU).
Singapore calls on ASEAN to enhance economic integration
Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang said on Thursday all ASEAN members must keep pursuing deeper economic integration and liberalization so that citizens can enjoy the benefits of their collective community efforts.
Asean, EU to meet tomorrow to discuss possible FTA resumption
The Ministry of international Trade and Industry (Miti) said the session would also be discussing implementation of the 2017-2018 Asean-EU trade and investment work programme, stock-take on Asean-EU relations and exchange views on the recent global and regional economic developments.
Tea growers demanded renegotiation of ASEAN– India FTA agreement
Large portion of Indian tea sector is skeptical about outcome of free trade agreement of India with ASEAN countries. After the agreement comes into full effect, duty cut in import of the green beverage is feared to cause severe adverse impact on Indian tea production sector.
Asean has core role in negotiations for RCEP trade pact: Chinese Foreign Ministry
China has affirmed Asean’s core role in negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Free trade – not turf rows – tipped to top China, Japan, South Korea summit agenda
The leaders of three of Asia’s biggest economies will aim to advance a free-trade agreement and economic cooperation, putting territorial rows and military tensions aside at an expected trilateral summit in April, Chinese diplomatic observers said.
From Tokyo with love for global trade
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, is going ahead in the absence of the US is a testament to Japan’s role in shepherding the tough negotiations through some tumultuous times.
Asean pushes for liberalised trade pact with India
The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have mounted pressure on India for clinching a liberalised pact in goods and services also involving six other countries, including China, by this year.
Sri Lanka eyes FTA with Indonesia, in continued engagement with ASEAN
Sri Lanka and Indonesia had agreed to study a free trade agreement during a state visit of President Joko Widodo to Colombo.
China seeking more free-trade deals as Trump tramples them
China is redoubling its effort to seal free trade agreements with many countries. It has already covered nearly 21 countries, contrary to 20 covered by the US.
Can Modi free India’s trade policy from ’swadeshi’ shackles?
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, India is likely to meet a lot of offers for free trade and investment deals. With US, France and Canada leaders meeting their Indian counterpart in coming few months, it is likely that India may enter into a free trade agreement with them. Though, it will be interesting to know how Prime Minister Modi go ahead with these offers.
India pushes for concluding balanced RCEP deal that includes services pact
India’s Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said RCEP negotiations may be taking longer than expected because of the economic diversity among member countries.
Trade talks: a busy year ahead for India
The year 2017 began with uncertainties in the global environment. On trade policy, the year did not end on any clearer terms than it started with. Uncertainty remains over several ongoing negotiations with different sets of countries. It is most visible at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and in India’s bilateral trade relations with Europe and the US.