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Asia & Pacific

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


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.
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.
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.
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.

    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”.