Category Archives: Trade Agreements

Moderate progress after latest round of ministerial talks for RCEP trade pact

Source: Straitstimes 5th August, 2019   BEIJING – Trade ministers negotiating the largest trade pact in the world appears to have made moderate progress after a day of talks in Beijing, calling into question if a deal can be sewn up by … Continue reading

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India to rethink RCEP engagement if China denies market access

Source: Financial Express 5th August, 2019   Even without the deal, India’s merchandise trade deficit with the RCEP grouping hit $105 billion in FY19 (60% of its total deficit) Last year, a government panel under then commerce and industry minister Suresh … Continue reading

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It’s premature to count India out of the RCEP, says Centre

Source: The Hindu 25th June, 2019   ASEAN countries raise pitch on free trade agreement Government officials said it would be “premature” to suggest that India could be cut out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) being negotiated by 16 … Continue reading

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Senior officials of RCEP countries to meet in Bangkok on May 24

Source: Business-standard 30th April, 2019   Senior officials of the 16-member RCEP group, who are negotiating a mega free trade agreement, will hold meetings in Bangkok from May 24 to iron out issues pertaining to the goods and services sector, an official said. “It … Continue reading

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RCEP – trade unions seek consultation by the government

Source: Malaysiakini 24th April, 2019   A+     A– LETTER | Trade union representatives seek meaningful consultation by the government in the negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or RCEP. They call for negotiation texts to be made public, and … Continue reading

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Comm Min asks independent agencies to hold industry specific consultations on RCEP

Source: Business Standard 11th April, 2019 The commerce ministry has asked the three agencies, which have been tasked to prepare a report on proposed mega trade agreement RCEP, to get into greater details of issues involved in the pact and … Continue reading

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RCEP trade pact likely to be concluded in November: ASEAN chief Lim Jock Hoi

Source : Japan Times 9th April 2019, New Delhi Chiang, Rai Thailand-An Asiawide free trade deal involving 16 countries will likely be concluded in November at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to be held in Thailand, … Continue reading

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