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Headway in services deal unlikely at RCEP summit
Countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are against India’s push for liberalisation in services sectors.
India inches towards liberalisation at RCEP
In a move likely to inject momentum into the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) talks, India has indicated it is willing to compromise on its three-tiered tariff schedule.
India pitches for market access for professionals in RCEP
India has raised its pitch for greater market access for professionals in the proposed regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
India pushes for concluding balanced RCEP deal that includes services pact
India’s Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said RCEP negotiations may be taking longer than expected because of the economic diversity among member countries.
India to focus on services trade at RCEP ministers meet in Tokyo
Nations have increasingly got entrenched in their positions over reduction in tariffs and opening of market access.
India to push for better deal with China under RCEP
In services sector, India is pushing for business visitor commitment for smooth movement of professionals, according to the government official.
India, RCEP members to discuss trade pact in Brunei starting February 15
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a trade deal that aims to cover goods, services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights.
Indian resistance could spell trouble for RCEP
India has been resisting pressure from other RCEP member nations to open up 90% of its traded goods to competition. This is due to the reason that the member nations are not ready to improve market access in services, one of India’s core strengths.
Next round of RCEP negotiations in April in Australia
The next round of negotiations for the proposed mega trade deal, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), would take place in April in Australia.
Next round of RCEP talks in Japan; India to push for services
During the RCEP talks, India would press for greater market access in the services sector, particularly easy movement of professionals
Public sector unions to oppose Asia Pacific mega trade deal RCEP
On 12 October, the closing day of the Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Fukuoka, around 250 delegates representing more than 70 PSI affiliates from 18 countries resolved to intensify the struggle against the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership under negotiation among 16 countries in the region.
RCEP - draft chapter on trade in services (Aug 2015)
As leaked on RCEP Legal
RCEP - draft chapter on trade in services (Dec 2016)
As leaked by KEI
RCEP - Services - NZ initial sectoral request lists (Oct 2015)
Requests to Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Viet Nam, dated October 2015
RCEP - trade in services chapter negotiating text (August 2015)
RCEP services chapter consolidated negotiating text as of 5 August 2015.