2017 Sep 09
September 9, 2017

Economic ministers okay Asean priorities

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has adopted nine out of 11 priority deliverables aimed at fostering further integration of the 10-member bloc, the Trade department said on Friday. These include the Asean Seamless Trade Facilitation Indicators (ASTFI) where the bloc will set benchmarks and targets towards making the region more conducive for doing.. read more →

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 →

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 →