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 →

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has pushed for the productive reintegration of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to reverse the country’s decades-old labor export policy. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd called on all sectors to support the government’s continuing efforts to help the OFWs, especially those who lost their jobs, through better paying.. 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 →

2017 Aug 26
August 26, 2017

Migrant worker policy needs boost

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The implementation of Thailand’s Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management will serve three purposes. First, it will partly solve problems with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand. Second, the new migrant worker policy will also address the human trafficking problem. Third, the new policy will ensure protection of rights of migrant workers who.. 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 →