A comprehensive economic partnership between India, ASEAN and six Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners will likely take place in 2017, an External Affairs Ministry official said Kolkata on Tuesday. “A comprehensive economic partnership between India, ASEAN and six FTA partners is likely. We are hoping to complete it within this year,” Joint Secretary in the.. read more →

Inter-regional trade will take off as Asian supply and value chains become more specialized. Asia is going through sweeping transformations that have altered its economic landscape in fundamental ways. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is shifting from export-led to consumption-led growth. The opposite is happening in India, where the Make in India campaign hopes.. read more →

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture has proposed a project to set competency standards for Association of Southeast Asian Nations agricultural workers during a conference held in Malaysia recently. Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., director of the Philippine-hosted Searca, presented the concept at the 3rd High Officials.. read more →

Mother and Children cruising through Mahakam River, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Creator: Farish A. Noor. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License. As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of ASEAN, and weigh its achievements – of which I believe there are many – the question arises as to whether a sense of common ASEAN identity.. read more →

This picture shows port workers waiting for a container ship to berth at the port of Qingdao, northeast China’s Shandong province. An important reason for the success in raising living standards in many Asian economies including China has been their openness to trade and investment, as it helps drive competition, efficiency and productivity. The Trump.. read more →