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Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Asia and the Pacific region.


Second round of UAE CEPA talks Dec 19-21
Cambodia is set to host the second round of formal talks on the bilateral Cambodia-United Arab Emirates Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, with the deal expected to have substantial positive effects on the Kingdom’s trade with the Middle East.
Apec hails progress on free-trade area
All 21 leaders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries and economic zones have decided to push the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, a regional economic integration.
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”.
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.
Cambodia, UAE launch CEPA talks Oct 24
Cambodia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are slated to sign a declaration of the launch of formal negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on October 24, paving the way for a boost in bilateral trade and investment.
FTA benefits debated at nat’l forum
While government officials have said that FTAs are important to attract investors to the country, some civil society organisations voiced concerns at the forum that the deals did not appear to be of any benefit to smallholder farmers.
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.
FTA negotiations top priority for Ayers in Cambodia
Australia’s assistant minister for trade Tim Ayres will attend the 45th meeting for ASEAN economic ministers, with main missions to progress a trade and investment relationship with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members.

    Links


  • ABAC
    APEC Business Advisory Council is pushing for an FTA among APEC members
  • ASEAN Briefing
    ASEAN Briefing is a platform dedicated to the various and increasing number of trade treaties and agreements throughout the ASEAN region, produced by tax and legal professionals Dezan Shira & Associates.
  • Asia Regional Integration Center
    Database of bilateral and plurilateral FTAs with at least one of Asian Development Bank’s 48 regional members as signatory.
  • Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand FTA
    An Australian government webpage on the Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand FTA negotiations, agreed to end 2004 and begun early 2005.
  • Macau-China FTA
    Official website on the Macau-China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement
  • PANG
    The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) plays the role of the Pacific regional “peoples’ watchdog on trade issues”.