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Indonesia sends trade mission to South Asia
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita kicked off the trade mission on Monday to two South Asia countries — India and Pakistan — taking with him 61 businesspeople to explore the cooperation with their counterparts in the two countries.
Tall order as Singapore takes Asean chair: The Nation
Singapore has assumed the ASEAN 2018 chair. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced that his theme for the undertaking would be "Resilient and Innovative". It will be challenging for Singapore amidst multilateral trade and the Rohingya calamity in the region.
Singapore takes the hot seat: Steering Asean amid challenges
As Singapore becomes chairman of grouping, it hopes to get members to share common vision on terrorism, climate change and trade.
Indonesia-EU CEPA 4th round to be held in Surakarta
The fourth round of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement is scheduled to be held in Surakarta in February.
Indonesia to start trade talks to boost exports
Indonesia seeks to initiate negotiations on trade agreements under both bilateral and regional schemes this year to help jack up the country’s exports.
Big Asean presence on R-Day will have ripple effect on mega trade pact talks
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.
RCEP: India hardens stand ahead of summit with ASEAN
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.
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): India pushes for greater market access, ASEAN irked
Time and again India has flagged its concerns on the slow pace of services trade.
Civil society commits to push back corporate power at 2017 ACSC/APF
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.
Rising US, China protectionism: Philippines still on losing end
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.
ASEAN signs FTA, investment deal with HKC
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.
RCEP trade agreement delayed till 2018
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will not reach an agreement in 2017 while Japan signs deal with ASEAN covering services and investment.
Duterte calls for stronger ties between APEC, ASEAN
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at an informal dialogue that is the first of its kind between APEC and ASEAN.
CSOs take a stand against corporate agenda at ASEAN People’s Forum 2017
Civil society urges the ASEAN Member States to take people-centred approach.
ASEAN economic integration by whom? for whom?
ASEAN member states must end policies, laws and institutional practices, including free trade and investment agreements that violate the people’s rights.
AEC 2025: Will the ASEAN Economic Community finally be realised?
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.
Asean, Hong Kong to ink free trade agreement this Saturday
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.
The risks for ASEAN of new mega-agreements that promote the wrong model of e-commerce
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.
RCEP deal unlikely this year: South Korean official
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 negotiations should not restrict global access to affordable medicines and vaccines