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New threat against affordable medicines in trade negotiations with India and ASEAN
Access to affordable medicines could be severely restricted for millions of people around the world under the current proposals in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement?
RCEP - draft IP chapter (15 Oct 2015 version)
As published by KEI
Indonesia-EU free trade talks take big step forward
Indonesia and the European Union are one step closer to realising a free trade agreement after talks to discuss the scope of documents outlining the items they want to include in the negotiations.
ASEAN cautiously speeds steps toward financial integration
ASEAN finance officials have adopted a new timeline for integrating financial services across the regional bloc, aiming to tear down market barriers more quickly.
Investment protection in ASEAN – part 1: the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement
The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) was adopted in 2009 to establish an investment environment based on international best practices.
Offers and counters ahead of RCEP talks
Hard bargaining between potential partners.
Businesses call for FTA reform as Indian exports continue to fall
Business leaders have called on the Indian government to conduct a thorough review of the country’s trade agreements as experts predict this year’s exports will slump to 2010 levels.
Whose healthy ASEAN Community?
The liberalization of health care under the ASEAN Economic Community is clearly biased toward curative services as being more profitable than health promotion.
EU asks Indonesia to eliminate import duties
The EU’s request for an import duty reduction of 95 percent for all trade items is a particular obstacle because Indonesian industrial products cannot compete with European products.
ASEAN economic ministers committed to implementing matters agreed to in RCEP talks
Several countries have said they find it difficult to eliminate 65 per cent of the tariff lines upon signing of the RCEP, rising to 80 per cent in 10 years.
Harmonising IP laws across ASEAN: Is it possible?
The economic integration of the ASEAN Economic Community leads to many challenges in the harmonisation of trade-related laws across ASEAN’s 10 member nations.
Delhi dialogue VIII: India calls for fast tracking RCEP
India has exhorted ASEAN countries to fast track the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and underlined the need to forge regional value chains and production networks.
Thailand’s challenges on TPP framework
Thailand has decided to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). That will be the key message Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver to President Barack Obama at the special Asean-US meeting.
Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asian nations
A summit between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn’t include China.
AEC not so sweet a deal: sugar exporter
The sweet promise that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) would pave the way for a single market among the 10-member bloc of more than 600 million people at the end of last year has so far excluded sugar exports from Cambodia.
Trade-friendly Vietnam now offers far more than just low-cost labor
Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council explains why foreign investors are interested in Vietnam
Hun Sen to join Asean leaders in US meeting with Obama
Prime Minister Hun Sen will join other Asean leaders for a special meeting with US President Barack Obama.
Eyeing Beijing, Obama plans summit with ASEAN leaders
The U.S. aims to build a unified front against China’s efforts to control the South China Sea. Obama is expected to call for ASEAN members’ cooperation and urge more of them to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
No fanfare as AEC era begins
Southeast Asian nations officially launched an EU-inspired economic bloc aimed at boosting the region’s trading clout and attracting more investment. But analysts said a true single market was still a long way off.
AEC ‘ignoring human rights’
Upholding human rights and democratic values is not in the interests of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), since member states are driven only by market-oriented goals.