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RCEP Negotiations Reach Critical Stage – Likely to be Inked by Year-End


The two-day Singapore Ministerial meeting of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement concluded recently. Read our latest article to know more about its key outcomes.

ASEAN Meets with Russia & China; Discusses SCO & EAEU


  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been meeting with ministers from the ASEAN bloc of countries in Singapore this past week in preparations for the ASEAN 2018 summit due to be held in November.  Several plenary sessions were held, with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi also in attendance.  Neither Russia nor China is members of ASEAN, […]

ASEAN Market Watch: Philippines FTA with EFTA States, Myanmar Retail Sector, and Google-Indonesia Tax Settlement


In this week’s ASEAN Market Watch we analyze Philippines’ upcoming FTA with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states, discuss growth prospects of Myanmar’s retail sector, and highlight Google’s tax settlement with Indonesia.

Donald Trump in the White House: Implications for the Future of the TPP and Free Trade in ASEAN


In this article, we examine the implications of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections for the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Free Trade in the ASEAN region.

AEC in Practice – What Can Foreign Investors Do Now?


Much like the European Union, the ASEAN Economic Community is founded on several unchanging pillars. In the following article we outline the similarities and differences between the regional blocs and highlight ways to make the most of accelerating integration in South East Asia. 

ASEAN’s Winners and Losers under TPP


Earlier this month, 12 countries in the Asia Pacific region signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that compromises the biggest trade agreement in history – but the benefits to ASEAN members will not be uniform.

22nd Meeting of the APEC Finance Ministers: Further Financial Integration Ahead


The 22nd meeting of the Finance Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was wrapped up earlier this month. The meeting focused on a range of financial and regulatory issues, as well as continuing the work of further integration of the region.

For ASEAN Future FTA Deals, Look Towards Vietnam


With Vietnam just becoming the first Asian country to sign off a Free Trade Agreement with the Moscow backed Eurasian Economic Union, the relevance of how Vietnam plays its bilateral trade agreements has suddenly taken on a more interesting slant.

State by State: ASEAN and Texas Trade


Known as the “Lone Star State”, Texas is the second largest American state and the second most populous. The ten nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are becoming increasingly important trade partners for Texas. In this article, we take an in-depth look at this blossoming trade relationship between Texas and ASEAN.

Myanmar Hosts 25th ASEAN Summit


On November 12th, the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held its opening ceremony in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw. The Summit is ASEAN’s highest policy-making body. This gathering is of particular importance since there is now less than one year to go before the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

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