ASEAN - China

ASEAN and China singed the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Co-operation in November, 2002. The Parties, on the basis of this Framework Agreement, signed the Agreement on Trade in Goods (effective from July, 2005), Agreement on Trade in Services (effective from July, 2005), and Agreement on Investment (effective from February, 2010) with the aim of establishing an ASEAN – China Free Trade Area.

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Getting regional trade right in Central Asia

The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was founded in 1985 to provide members with a platform to discuss ways to improve development as well as promote trade and investment opportunities. Around 462 million people — 6.2 per cent of the world’s population — live within the 10 member states of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. But at a time when the world trading system is moving towards regional economic integration, ECO remains one of the least integrated trade organisations in the world, making up only 2.1 per cent of world trade.