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NDDB wants dairy sector out of RCEP negotiations
The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has recommended the government to keep the dairy sector out of the purview of negotiations under the Regional Comprehensive Economic
RCEP deal may have pushed government to announce exports package
The impending conclusion of negotiations for the contentious RCEP trade deal may have forced the Indian government to announce a comprehensive package for exporters to boost their competitiveness.
Suddenly, the world’s biggest trade agreement won’t allow corporations to sue governments
Malaysia’s trade minister Datuk Darell Leiking revealed that Malaysia and each of the other 15 parties to the RCEP negotiations had agreed to exclude ISDS provisions from the deal.
Wary of China in RCEP, India looks for bilateral deals amid mounting trade deficit
India’s indecisive stance on the RCEP and agreement to review the FTA with the ASEAN indicates it has been evaluating options outside the larger regional group as well.
Farmers urge PM to withdraw from RCEP
Farmers say pact to join regional economic partnership will unsettle domestic farming.
India’s review of its ASEAN FTA won’t affect RCEP talks - Darell
India’s decision to review its free trade agreement (FTA) with ASEAN is not seen as affecting the talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which are expected to be completed by year-end.
India-China spat delays deal covering a third of global trade
A spat between the world’s most populous countries is holding up a pan-Asian trade agreement encompassing nearly a third of all global trade.
Trade agreements must balance economic merit and strategic interests, says Jaishankar
Trade agreements must be a balance of strategic interests as well as economic merit said Indian External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar.
Minister hopeful RCEP talks can conclude by year-end
Malaysia sees positive progress towards concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade pact, by year-end.
RCEP meet: ASEAN members, partners reaffirm their resolve to conclude free trade deal talks
The 16 negotiating partners have agreed that they should not lose the long-term vision of deepening and expanding the value chains in the RCEP.
Is Southeast Asia winning the US-China trade war? not so fast
If the U.S.-China trade war continues or worsens ASEAN countries will also experience a bumpy ride.
India readies list of products for sops as crucial RCEP meet nears
India has begun drawing up a list of products on which it can offer duty concessions to the 15 other Asia Pacific member countries, including China.
RCEP negotiations in ’final stages’, should be completed by 2019 or early 2020: Chan Chun Sing
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said that at this point, the RCEP has gone beyond an economic agreement and is a strategic signal to the world’s economy on what countries in this part of the world believe in.
Indonesian civil society groups protest RCEP trade deal
Indonesian civil society groups protested against the RCEP trade agreement last Friday, arguing that the agreement promotes corporate rights over people’s rights
RCEP trade ministers to meet in Bangkok on Sep 8
Commerce ministers of 16 countries, which are negotiating mega free trade agreement RCEP, will hold a crucial meeting in Bangkok on September 8 to iron out differences and push the negotiations forward.
Malaysia welcomes MAFTA review but priority given to RCEP conclusion
Malaysia welcomes the review of the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) but any effort to do so will only be considered after the negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have been concluded.
How consultative has India’s RCEP strategy really been?
There is little doubt that the smaller stakeholders and businesses within India’s informal economy have the most to lose, and yet their voices are not being heard.
India’s time to trade freely: A ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ is on its way, but is India ready?
Though RCEP aims to enhance economic cooperation between India and China — and in turn benefit consumers — there are ample chances of negative impact on India domestic industry through the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers
The grand illusion of ‘free trade area’
What’s worrisome for India is the economic growth rate owing to the overall core sector slump and adverse bilateral trade balance with countries under the RCEP.
RCEP talks: New Zealand ready to ease work-visa rules for India
India’s demand for easier movement of workers and professionals is being considered seriously by New Zealand and could be met provided market barriers to the Country’s goods are eased