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ASEAN Expected to Commence FTA Talks with Hong Kong


Jul. 23 – According to Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, the 10-nation ASEAN bloc and Hong Kong are expected to begin negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA). This agreement would rapidly expand the volume of trade and investment between the two sides. Currently in the preparatory stage, the agreement […]

Mongolia Attends ASEAN Regional Forum


Jul. 12 – Mongolia was in attendance at last week’s 20th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – entitled the “Asia Regional Forum” – which was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei. Brunei is the current chair of the 10-state Southeast Asian trade bloc. The forum detailed not just ASEAN-related issues, but also held […]

Opportunity ASEAN: Australian Dairy Exports


Jul. 11 – Growing demand in ASEAN for dairy products presents an immense opportunity for dairy product exporters, a void which many Australian dairy producers have been trying to fill. Notably, demand has grown fastest among the ASEAN-6 – which is comprised of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam – thanks to their […]

New Issue of Asia Briefing: An Introduction to Tax Treaties Throughout Asia


In this issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, we look at the various types of trade and tax treaties that exist between Asian nations. These include bilateral investment treaties and also the meatier double tax treaties and free trade agreements that directly affect businesses operating in Asia.

Philippines to Adopt ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard


Jul. 2 – In preparation for the integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the Philippines has begun to take additional measures to improve the corporate governance of its local companies by fully implementing the use of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS). The ACGS is an ASEAN-wide scorecard used to evaluate companies […]

July 2013 ASEAN Regional Meetings


There are a number of important meetings being held in July, including a series of committee meetings that will address the trade of goods throughout ASEAN and the coordination of investment and services. The key meetings of note for our readers are as follows.

Report: U.S. Should Prioritize Engagement with ASEAN


Jun. 26 – With a GDP of $2.2 trillion, ASEAN is made up of over 620 million people spanning the 10 nations of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The region is host to the largest inflows of United States (U.S.) foreign direct investment (FDI) in Asia, and […]

ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard


Jun. 11 – The ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) and the Asian Development Bank recently established a joint initiative called the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard. Corporate governance refers to the system of governance which controls and directs corporations, and monitors their actions and policies. The stated objective of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard is to: […]

The Philippines Tops List of Southeast Asia Remittances


May 23 – A recently released report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Bank has found that remittance inflows from every Southeast Asian country have significantly increased from 2000 to 2012. The Philippines, in particular, has benefitted the most, and the report adds that remittances sent by Filipino migrants in 2012 […]

First Round of RCEP Negotiations Conclude


The first round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) wrapped up on Sunday after being launched by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six free trade agreement (FTA) partners last week.

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