As Singapore becomes chairman of grouping, it hopes to get members to share common vision on terrorism, climate change and trade.
The fourth round of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement is scheduled to be held in Surakarta in February.
Indonesia seeks to initiate negotiations on trade agreements under both bilateral and regional schemes this year to help jack up the country’s exports.
It is highly probable that the Asean countries will use the official visit to gain some political mileage and push India towards steeper commitments on dismantling tariffs and improve market access commitments to RCEP members.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has taken a strong stand that the country should restrain itself from concluding free trade agreement from which it would not gain in the medium term.
Time and again India has flagged its concerns on the slow pace of services trade.
The call “Southeast Asia is not for sale. We are not for sale!” echoed as hundreds marched to the historic People Power Monument along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in Manila, Philippines.
As the world financial crisis persists, developed countries like the United States and China are taking increasingly protectionist stances while they are also aggressively pursuing further liberalization of less developed countries.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Hong Kong, China signed free trade and investment agreements, the sixth economic deal entered into by the 10-member countries.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will not reach an agreement in 2017 while Japan signs deal with ASEAN covering services and investment.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an informal dialogue that is the first of its kind between APEC and ASEAN.
Civil society urges the ASEAN Member States to take people-centred approach.
ASEAN member states must end policies, laws and institutional practices, including free trade and investment agreements that violate the people’s rights.
The grouping fell short of its target of realising the Asean Economic Community (AEC) by the end of 2015, deferring 105 of its 506 measures.
The 10 member states of Asean and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will sign the Asean-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and Investment Agreement on in Vietnam.
Digital technology offers exciting new opportunities and advances for ASEAN member states, individually and as a region. The benefits have so far been captured by first movers, especially in the United States.
Participants are disagreeing over how much to open their markets under RCEP
RCEP negotiations should not restrict global access to affordable medicines and vaccines
RCEP will give multinational corporations unprecedented rights
A group of non-governmental organizations in the regions reject free trade agreement between ASEAN and the European Union.