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IPEF draft ministerial text - trade pillar (Jul 2022)
Draft ministerial text for trade pillar of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF)
IPEF negotiations expected to start in August
The US and South Korean governments are expected to initiate negotiations on the framework proposed by US President Joe Biden in August (2022).
Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is a paradigm shift
The United States can no longer afford to buy geopolitical allies with market access.
Why the US’ Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is really all about India
The framework is another attempt to bring India into the Western fold while positioning it more strategically in the Indo-Pacific trade network
14 nations hold informal IPEF ministerial meeting
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai convened an informal ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework partner countries.
Competing US, Canadian strategies in the Indo-Pacific
Minimum core labour standards appear to be a first principle of the US’ IPEF whereas Canada has already signalled to the Indonesian government that worker rights are negotiable in its Indo-Pacific trade deals.
Indo-Pacific Economic Framework seeks to protect US, not Malaysian, interests
The Consumers’ Association of Penang is extremely concerned over the announcement by Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry that Malaysia will join a new economic agreement led by the United States.
The what, where, how and why of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
Unlike traditional FTAs, the IPEF employs a menu-based approach in which countries would launch separate negotiations under the four pillars of the initiative.
Fiji to join Biden’s economic framework aimed at countering China
Fiji will become the 14th country and first Pacific island nation to join the US’ economic framework, the White House announced, delivering a boost to Washington’s efforts to counter growing Chinese influence in the Asia Pacific.
Farmers for Free Trade asks value of IPEF without tariff reduction
The IPEF will see commitments with partners that facilitate agricultural trade through science-based decision making and the adoption of sound, transparent regulatory practices, says USTR.
Statement: International Civil Society reactions to announcement of IPEF member Countries
Academics and representatives of CSOs in IPEF member countries, reflect a shared demand for any Indo-Pacific discussions to advance a genuine alternative to the failed 20th century free trade model, which has undermined governments’ ability to regulate Big Tech and other large corporations.
Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is not an FTA: 5 things to know
Tailored pact seeks to counter China’s clout while protecting US workers.
The US kicks off neocolonialism via Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
The IPEF represents continuity between the colonialist past and neocolonialist present in the Indo-Pacific region.
Thailand to join talks on US-led Indo-Pacific framework
This decision to engage in negotiations is not a commitment by Thailand to join the final arrangement, the government said.
US picks negotiators for Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
Sharon Yuan, a veteran of the Treasury Department who worked on the abandoned Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been hired to oversee staff work on the main points of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
What consequences will joining Biden’s IPEF have for S. Korea?
The US-led economic framework is designed to reorganize supply chains around the US — possibly sowing the seeds of conflict with China.
‘Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’ not a blessing to Asia
IPEF is created to encourage regional economies to “decouple” from the Chinese market by leading them to alternative supply chains.
US proposes pick-and-choose Indo-Pacific economic framework
A State Department spokesperson said the US was still discussing the mechanics of the framework with its partners but will design IPEF to prioritise flexibility and inclusion
AfCFTA: Cross-border service integration will boost African oil and gas industry, says Briggs
Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, Chairman of Platform Petroleum Limited, has admonished that cross-border service integration through the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will boost the African oil and gas industry.
US Indo-Pacific economic initiative launch eyed in May: Japan envoy
The US government aims to launch its Indo-Pacific economic engagement initiative around the time of President Joe Biden’s visit to Japan later in May.