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 free-trade fantasies of Theresa May

    Theresa May has seen the future, and the British Prime Minister seems to think it looks like Canada. So have her opponents in Brussels: They see a much darker sort of British future reflected north of the 49th parallel.

  • RCEP talks: India under pressure to offer deeper tariff cuts

    India is not yet ready with its market opening offers for the members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — especially China — as senior officials get ready to hold the next negotiating round in the Philippines.

  • China could work on RCEP deal without India

    Although Japan is trying to save the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after US President Donald Trump abandoned the free trade agreement (FTA), there seems to be little chance that the deal will survive. This means the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), an FTA that includes China, now has more strategic global significance.

  • Australia-US free trade agreement leaves US companies in the lurch

    While on the campaign trail, President Trump made ambitious promises that, if executed, would greatly benefit American businesses and their workforces. Perhaps the most attractive promise was his determination to protect American businesses by renegotiating international trade agreements. With a goal of economic prosperity, his passion is based on putting America’s interests first and protecting our economy from unfair and potentially damaging trading practices.

  • All roads lead to TPP for Japanese lawmakers

    The idea of a U.S.-Japan bilateral trade deal isn’t getting much enthusiasm from senior Japanese lawmakers, unless it leads back to what Tokyo views as the more realistic and most beneficial result: the TPP.

  • Europe pushes Asia trade talks with eye on ultimate prize China

    European Union officials are doing the rounds of Asian governments to seek traction on trade deals as they look toward their ultimate goal — China.

  • Challenges and opportunities experienced by small economies when linking into global value chains in trade in goods and services

    At the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali, Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the Work Programme on Small Economies and instructed the WTO Secretariat to provide relevant information and factual analysis for discussion among Members in the CTD’s Dedicated Session on “The challenges and opportunities experienced by small economies when linking into global value chains in trade in goods and services”.

  • Canada seeks to expand trade with MERCOSUR

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’’s Government is today debating the most essential issues for a free trade agreement with the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.