By Alex Tangkilisan Feb. 7 – The ASEAN–India Free Trade Area (AIFTA) is a free trade area consisting of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India. The initial framework agreement was signed in Bali, Indonesia, on October 8, 2003, and the final agreement was signed on August 13,[…..]
Plus Myanmar issues new foreign investment law Nov. 9 – China is set to commence negotiations to create a 16-nation trade bloc, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with its launch expected to be formally announced at the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh later this month. The RCEP will include the 10 members[…..]
The 2015 Free Trade Agreement will soon kick in. Is your China business ready? Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis May 22 – The term “ASEAN” is cropping up more often these days, yet still many businesses in China are unaware of what it is and why it is gaining in importance. The basic answer is fairly[…..]
Apr. 20 – When taken together as a group, the combined members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will become China’s top trading partners by 2015, according to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. Made up of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, ASEAN[…..]
Apr. 9 – World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy has stated that China, India and Thailand are the fastest growing markets for exports from the world’s least developed countries (LDC). “Three of the five fastest-growing markets for LDC exports are regional partners: China, India and Thailand,” Lamy said.
Apr. 27 – Free trade agreements are normally made between two countries. Many governments, throughout the world have either signed FTA, or are negotiating or contemplating new bilateral free trade and investment contracts. However, there are two types of free trade agreements: namely, bilateral and multilateral. Every customs union, trade common market, economic union, customs[…..]
Jul. 1 – Vietnam will exempt as much as 90 percent of tax lines on goods imported from Australia, New Zealand and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members this year. By 2017, Vietnam will remove import tariffs on butter, milk and cheese. Import duties on car components will also be slashed to 5 percent[…..]
Jan. 14 – The Indonesian government has formally lodged a letter to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) asking for the group’s free trade pact with China to be delayed to January 2011. The deal began this month; imposing zero tariffs on around 90 percent of imported goods including textiles, steel and chemicals. Indonesia[…..]