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The US-driven Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for Prosperity: TPPA in drag or a vacuous vanity project?
When the US launches a high level and concerted re-branding exercise, something big is happening. The latest target is the “Asia-Pacific” region, now to be known as the “Indo-Pacific”.
Decision on India joining IPEF trade pillar linked to return receipt
With regard to joining the trade pillar of IPEF, India decides its strategy on its own terms...If you want binding commitments (from India) on different subjects, tell me what I am getting in return, said the commerce minister.
Containment to Cold War 2.0
Canada should consider non-aligned options for international cooperation focused on decarbonization and climate change, migration, public health, and labour standard across the supply chain.
Canada asking to join US-led Indo-Pacific trade talks
Canadian business leaders for months have urged Ottawa to sign on to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity negotiations, saying this country should not have been left out of the launch.
Australia chosen to host major US-led forum in December aimed at challenging Chinese trade interests in the Pacific
Australia has been chosen to host the next round of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, with organisers now planning a meeting of Trade Ministers from member countries at the end of the year.
Asia-Pacific women groups gather in Bangkok and discuss digital trade
Women in the Asia and Pacific discussed FTAs and agricultural digitalisation impacting women.
LNP secrecy deal for Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) challenges Labor policy for trade transparency
The US Trade Representative Office has confirmed that it signed secrecy agreements with Australia and 12 other members of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in April 2022.
Agricultural trade and standards within the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)
Within the trade pillar, it seems very likely that discussions on agriculture will focus on market access and the non-tariff issues, such as Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
US, Indo-Pacific countries agree on roadmap to strengthen trade ties
The United States and 13 Indo-Pacific countries on Friday agreed on parameters for negotiating closer trade, environment and economic ties .
India to join three of four IPEF ‘pillars’
India New Delhi has decided to become part of resilient economy, clean economy, and fair economy components of the framework, but it will not join the connected economy (trade) pillar of IPEF.
The ECTA not just a trade deal but an outcome of larger systemic confidence with Australia: S Jaishankar
India Australia leadership dialogue is taking place as India Australia relations have shifted gears and moved into a higher orbit.
US says Indo-Pacific Economic Framework beyond “traditional trade agreement”
Official negotiations on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework are set to start in Los Angeles, when US Trade Representative and US Commerce Secretary sit down with their counterparts from 13 other participating countries.
Demanding a transparent and participatory process in any Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) negotiations
The need for another trade agreement in Asia-Pacific has not been established. If countries choose to move forward with Indo-Pacific Economic Framework talks, they must be based on a new model that prioritizes the interests of people instead of just big corporations.
US not looking for free trade agreement: Piyush Goyal in CA
India and the US are ready to be more engaged in the Indo-Pacific economic framework, which will help create more resilient supply chains and partnerships between businesses in the two countries.
Q & A on IPEF (“Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity”)
The IPEF is the US’s latest strategy to be the global rule-maker on trade, food production, digital and data, the climate crisis, regulating services, corporate power to influence new laws, multinationals’ tax rates, and much else.
US looking to lock in Pacific with new economic framework
This week Trade Ministers from eleven countries will meet with the view to launch negotiations for an Indo-Pacific economic agreement.
Some implications of the digital economy paragraph of the leaked draft ministerial text for IPEF trade pillar
The US will host the first in-person IPEF Ministerial meeting in Los Angeles from 8-9 September 2022, which is expected to launch formal negotiations. Some countries may decide not to remain involved in some or all of the IPEF’s “pillars”.
US to host virtual meeting on Tuesday of Indo-Pacific trade, economic ministers
President Joe Biden, who launched the IPEF in May on a trip to Tokyo, wants to use it as a way to raise environmental, labor and other standards across Asia.
100+ civil society groups ask White House for transparency in IPEF deal
Public, congressional input is essential to prevent another TPP.
Is IPEF an obligations-only agreement?
IPEF will not be a normal trade agreement and hence challenging to negotiate. Here are some of the challenges.