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Chile promotes rapprochement with Indonesia, ASEAN
Chile expects to increase relations with Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) starting from the state visit of president Michelle Bachelet.
ASEAN, Canada agree to enhance role of SMEs
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, along with Canadian experts, are currently conducting a preliminary feasibility study of the ASEAN-Canada FTA.
Asean Minus X formula to fast-track RCEP–PHL
Philippines has asked fellow RCEP negotiating countries to consider the use of “opt out and reciprocity” flexibilities to speed up the negotiations
Beyond investment protection: group warns of intensified corporate attacks vs people’s rights as ASEAN leaders meet in PH
The People Over Profit network together with local civil society organizations in the Philippines warn of intensifying corporate attacks on people’s rights and join calls for an independent, sovereign and peaceful Southeast Asian region.
Negotiations this week on EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement
Negotiators discussed the EU’s reformed approach to investment protection and investment dispute resolution.
RCEP to boost global economic growth: ASEAN leaders
Leaders from the ASEAN have said that the RCEP will boost global trade
Difficult trade-offs necessary for RCEP to be worthwhile: PM Lee Hsien Loong
Asean is keen to conclude a region-wide trade agreement with its key partners, but the pact must have substance to be worthwhile, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Malaysia-EU FTA talks to include palm oil resolutions
The free trade agreement negotiations between Malaysia and the European Union will include a discussion on the recent resolution by the EU parliament to phase out the use of certain vegetable oils.
Why Singapore doesn’t want to see a HK-ASEAN free-trade deal
Once the ASEAN opens its service sector to Hong Kong companies, Singapore could be the hardest hit, and hence its staunch opposition to it.
Fine tuning RCEP could take till 2019: Ramon Lopez
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that an agreement on the RCEP has not yet happened as member countries need to fine-tune details of the pact
RCEP is part of top agenda at the ASEAN Summit
Conclusion of the RCEP deal will be a priority at the ASEAN Summit in Manila
Will RCEP be a reality by the end of 2017?
Asean hopes to seal a landmark trade deal, but it may be hard to sew up negotiations this year
Asean eyes early conclusion of RCEP pact
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations remains committed to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at the soonest , said the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
PH eyes more FTA deals
Asean where the Philippines is part mulls free trade agreements with Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, the European Union as well as the Eurasian Economic Union.
Philippines Department of Trade and Industry says RCEP will boost growth in the region
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the conclusion of the ASEAN-led free trade agreement RCEP is expected to further strengthen trade in the region.
Japan, ASEAN push for speedy RCEP conclusion
Japan’s economy minister Hiroshige Seko and his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member nations will seek an early conclusion of the RCEP deal.
As India remains hard-nosed on its demands, foreign and trade policy gap widens
The Indian resistance to RCEP can be traced to the disappointment with outcomes of earlier FTAs with RCEP members.
US and Vietnam renew trade dialogue during TIFA meetings
The US and Vietnam met under their Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to discuss deepening trade ties between the two nations as well as address outstanding bilateral trade issues.
US, Laos hold first meeting under TIFA
The United States and Laos affirmed their interest in growing bilateral trade and investment‎ between them, committing to continue work on outstanding bilateral issues.
How far can the RCEP ship sail?
Pressure on RCEP to emulate the ’gold standard’ TPP agreement on the occasion of 50th anniversary of ASEAN