The newly signed agreements will bring greater market access for services providers, as well as reduce administrative hassle and costs for businesses. SINGAPORE: Economic ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday (Aug 29) inked two agreements aimed at deepening the integration of the services sector and improving trade facilitation within the.. read more →

2018 Aug 17
August 17, 2018

What’s next for RCEP?

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Progress on the agreement continues to be slow despite the growing urgency to complete it. Over the past few years, we have seen increased levels of interest among some Southeast Asian states in pursuing trade agreements, be it bilateral deals inked between them and outside actors or wider multilateral ones such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.. read more →

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on business owners and employees throughout what it terms the ‘Western Pacific Region’ (WPR) to drive workplace safety policy through the implementation of universal smoke-free workplaces. Demonstrating its frustration at the lack of action by legislators in some parts of the region to implement what it describes as.. read more →

Youth and women in ASEAN unions pushed for a world of work without gender-based violence in mock dialogue sessions with stakeholders. The mock sessions helped put into practice the learnings on advocacy and lobbying from identifying advocacy issues and developing strategies to tailoring advocacy messages to specific audience. The training ended with identifying opportunities and.. read more →

There will be a renewed push to promote good employment and workplace practices in the region, after the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) extended their partnership. Both parties renewed an agreement on Wednesday to enhance the capacities of social partners in ILO and Asean member states. The agreement will also.. read more →