Vietnam backs finalization of RCEP in 2017

Speeding up negotiations to finalize the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was the aim of the third Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on May 22 in Hanoi.

  • The way forward for the ASEAN Community

    It has been one year since the realisation of the ASEAN Community and its achievements so far have been mixed. While there has been some significant progress made towards realising the ASEAN Community’s economic goals there is still much room for improvement in terms of meeting its political-security and socio-cultural targets.

  • Canadian Businesses Concerned Over NAFTA

    The head of the Business Council of Canada has written to the Prime Minister to express concern over the future of Canada's trading partnership with the US and Mexico.

  • Next month’s ocean conference eyes cutting $35 billion in fisheries subsidies

    Harmful fishing subsidies that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as $35 billion, fisheries experts from the United Nations trade and development agency said yesterday, highlighting one of the key issues that will be debated at next month’s Ocean Conference.

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership 2.0 May Be On the Way, With U.S. On the Sidelines

    When President Trump announced a couple of days after taking office that the United States was pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal among 12 Pacific Rim countries seemed to be dead. But like Lazarus, it may be springing back to life. Instead of boxing out its trade partners, the United States may find that it is the one on the outside looking in.

  • Mexico-EU trade deal might exclude some agriculture goods

    Mexico and the European Union might leave some agricultural goods out of a new free trade deal that they want to wrap up this year, the EU’s ambassador to Mexico said on Tuesday, citing beef and dairy as "sensitive" sectors.

  • Mexico presses Trump to uphold NAFTA for good of both nations

    Mexico made a pitch to U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday to uphold the NAFTA trade deal, arguing that unwinding economic integration would hurt both nations, damaging U.S. exports, risking American jobs and hitting consumers north of the border.

  • EU, Mexico To Speed Up Free Trade Talks

    EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has said it should be possible to conclude a modernized trade agreement with Mexico by the end of the year.

  • Trade Challenges: United States, Canada, and China

    Complaining about Canadian softwood-lumber and dairy products, President Trump seems unaware that Canada is currently the No. 1 market for 35 U.S. states. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, American exports of goods and services to Canada in 2015 supported an estimated 1.6 million jobs at home.