2017 Sep 07
September 7, 2017

EU-Asean FTA pushed

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More than 50 percent of European businesses surveyed for an annual study felt that the lack of a region-to-region free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) put “the Philippines at a disadvantage,” the 2017 EU-Asean Business Sentiment Survey reported yesterday. While other factors—such as expansion plans.. read more →

MANILA, Philippines –  Issues continue to prevent the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) from moving forward, with major “contentious” subjects remaining unresolved, a trade official said. Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo said contentious issues on services, investment and trading of goods persist a few months before the Philippines’ end-2017 target of reaching a “substantial conclusion”.. read more →

2017 Aug 29
August 29, 2017

How can RCEP benefit Asean?

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Vietnam’s Trade and Industry Minister Tran Tuan Anh speaking at the 3rd Inter-sessional Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi in May. When it is finalised, the RCEP, will have 16 member countries that together account for about half of the world’s population, 30 per cent of global gross domestic product and 25.. read more →

Asean Economic Community hindered by different levels of development and priorities Asean has just turned 50 and is almost a household name today, both within and beyond Asia. Established in 1967, Asean’s initial focus was on politico-security issues. Its proactive engagement with the region has contributed to sustained peace and stability in South-east Asia. Asean’s.. read more →

2017 Aug 04
August 4, 2017

Asean @ 50: The way forward

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I am reprinting my opening remarks yesterday: “As the theme of the conference suggests, ASEAN is celebrating its 50 years of existence this year, even while it contemplates its future. From its humble beginnings with modest aspirations, it is not an exaggeration to say that ASEAN, as a collectivity, has risen as a middle power.. read more →