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EU, ASEAN decide to resume FTA talks
Representatives from the Association of South East Asian Nations and the European Union have confirmed their "commitment to intensify work towards the timely resumption of region-to-region free trade agreement negotiations."
Key to lead mission to India; ASEAN FTA review announced
Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a trade agreement with the highly protected agricultural giant is "the primary reason we’re going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress
Activists reject ratification of seed patent in ASEAN RCEP
An activist group is calling on the government to not ratify the ASEAN Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) clause on International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 1991, saying that it will increase global corporations’ monopolistic control over small farmers.
Myanmar government seeks parliament nod for Asean protocol
The Myanmar government is seeking parliament approval to ratify the protocol to the Asean Charter on Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
China, Asean ‘need fast RCEP deal’
ASEAN-China trade is contracting, making it necessary to speed up the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations, says a top Chinese think-tank.
Mustapa: Asean-EU-FTA talks not affected by Brexit
The Asean-European Union free-trade agreement negotiations will not be affected by Brexit, Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.
ASEAN, EAEU favor setting up free trade zone - minister
Countries members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Association of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) want to create a free trade zone.
NTBs progressively reduced in Asean : Mustapa
Non-tariff barriers – regarded as the main stumbling block in the shaping of the Asean Economic Community – have been progressively reduced.
New industrial law drawn up ahead of AEC
An industrial policy to bring Myanmar into the 21st century will be presented to parliament, with the aim of updating the law to equip the country to better compete in the ASEAN Economic Community.
Myanmar farmers wary of free trade deadline
Six months into the grace period, Myanmar farmers are worrying what will happen when free trade finally comes to all ASEAN members in 2018.
‘Brexit offers a vital lesson for Asean’
Brexit shows where the European Union has gone wrong: because it failed to improve economic benefits for all.
Asean to press RCEP to cut tariffs on 92% of goods
ASEAN countries will propose to the 16 member states of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to eliminate tariffs on 92 per cent of trade in goods to promote economic integration of the grouping.
Asean told to refocus on RCEP
Thailand and other Asean nations should review their stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and rather refocus on materialising the Regional Cooperation on Economic Partnership, said former WTO chief.
China-backed Asean opposes India’s stand on RCEP
Beijing is demanding greater tariff reduction
The ASEAN Economic Community and what it means for intellectual property
The establishment of the AEC will almost certainly make IP protection even more, rather than less of an issue for foreign businesses.
Removing non-tariff barriers a priority of ASEAN Economic Community 2025 blueprint
Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang outlines efforts that the economic grouping will focus on going forward, to implement outstanding measures and to deepen cross border relations.
Asean-Hong Kong FTA set to be finalised
ASEAN and Hong Kong are set to wrap up their free-trade agreement negotiations, with the aim of promoting trade, services and investment between the two sides.
Summit significant, ASEAN seriously looking at FTA with EAEU
Southeast Asia nations reached a consensus to seriously look into establishing a free trade deal with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), of which Russia is a party to.
Asean enhances trade in services
Senior officials from Asean member countries are working on the arrangements and adoption of protocol in relation to the trade in services and to ensure the region is fully integrated into global supply chains in goods and services.
Financial fissures weaken ASEAN community
The economic gap between high flyers like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and laggards like Laos and Myanmar is too wide to be easily bridged.