Bilateral deal-making involving governments of Asia and the Pacific region.
- EU-ACP EPAs
- New Zealand
- New Zealand-China
- New Zealand-Thailand
- PACER & PICTA
- Sri Lanka
26-May-2016 Radio NZ Melanesian Free Trade Agreement to start in 2017A Melanesian Free Trade Agreement is expected to come into force after negotiations for a new deal concluded in Vanutau.
24-May-2016 Malaysian Digest Summit significant, ASEAN seriously looking at FTA with EAEUSoutheast Asia nations reached a consensus to seriously look into establishing a free trade deal with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), of which Russia is a party to.
23-May-2016 VietStock Asean enhances trade in servicesSenior officials from Asean member countries are working on the arrangements and adoption of protocol in relation to the trade in services and to ensure the region is fully integrated into global supply chains in goods and services.
20-May-2016 Nhan Dan Les ministres du Commerce de l’APEC au Pérou pour discuter libre-échangeLes ministres du Commerce des 21 économies membres du Forum de Coopération économique pour l’Asie-Pacifique (APEC) ont discuté de la création d’une zone de libre-échange en Asie-Pacifique (FTAAP).
20-May-2016 Politico APEC ministers: Free trade area study on path to conclusionTrade ministers from the United States, China and other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum nations say a study on the proposed "Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific" agreement is on track.
18-May-2016 The Himalayan Times Nepal, United States scheduled to sit for talks next monthThe upcoming council meeting will cover raft of issues related to trade and investments. Nepal has been preparing to lure investors from the US by showcasing various projects in hydropower, tourism, industry and service sectors.
10-May-2016 Business Vancouver Financial fissures weaken ASEAN communityThe economic gap between high flyers like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and laggards like Laos and Myanmar is too wide to be easily bridged.
9-May-2016 Avas Maldives, Hong Kong to establish free trade agreementsNegotiations are underway to establish a free trade agreement between Maldives and Hong Kong.
5-Apr-2016 Nikkei Asian Review ASEAN cautiously speeds steps toward financial integrationASEAN finance officials have adopted a new timeline for integrating financial services across the regional bloc, aiming to tear down market barriers more quickly.
4-Mar-2016 Today Online Harmonising IP laws across ASEAN: Is it possible?The economic integration of the ASEAN Economic Community leads to many challenges in the harmonisation of trade-related laws across ASEAN’s 10 member nations.
15-Feb-2016 The Japan Times Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asian nationsA summit between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn’t include China.
2-Feb-2016 Khmer Times AEC not so sweet a deal: sugar exporterThe sweet promise that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) would pave the way for a single market among the 10-member bloc of more than 600 million people at the end of last year has so far excluded sugar exports from Cambodia.
7-Jan-2016 TTR weekly No fanfare as AEC era beginsSoutheast Asian nations officially launched an EU-inspired economic bloc aimed at boosting the region’s trading clout and attracting more investment. But analysts said a true single market was still a long way off.
7-Jan-2016 The Jakarta Post AEC ‘ignoring human rights’Upholding human rights and democratic values is not in the interests of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), since member states are driven only by market-oriented goals.
30-Nov-2015 New Daily Times India’s membership of APEC will be win-win for bothIndia’s inclusion in APEC is hoped to further integrate the Indian economy into the Asia-Pacific economic milieu as well as boost its ‘Act East Policy’.
26-Nov-2015 Asialyst L’APEC a un passé, a-t-elle un futur ?L’Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) est partagée entre deux projets régionaux de libre-échange : le Traité transpacifique (TPP) mené par les États-Unis et le Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) souhaité par la Chine.
23-Nov-2015 Macau Daily Times ASEAN | SE Asia creates economic community, but challenges remainThirteen years after mooting the idea, Southeast Asian leaders formally created a unified economic community.
21-Nov-2015 The Dollar Business India, Brazil agree to boost bilateral trade tiesThe two countries agreed to hold trade monitoring mechanism and CEOs forums to explore potential areas of collaborations.
21-Nov-2015 South China Morning Post Beijing-backed free-trade plan fails to advance at ApecSouth China Sea disputes a hot topic of discussion but declaration at the end of the Asia-Pacific leaders summit makes no reference to the issues
21-Nov-2015 The Bangkok Post AEC set to miss deadline for free-trade blocThe Asean Economic Community was scheduled to set up a free-trade bloc by the end of 2015 but legislative foot-dragging and obstructive border practices have effectively prevented the free movement of goods, services and workers.
ASEAN Briefing is a platform dedicated to the various and increasing number of trade treaties and agreements throughout the ASEAN region, produced by tax and legal professionals Dezan Shira & Associates.
Papers from an APEC conference in Hong Kong, May 2004
An Australian government webpage on the Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand FTA negotiations, agreed to end 2004 and begun early 2005.
Maintained by Joseph Tsang 曾錫堯
Official website on the Macau-China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement
The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) is a campaign network of concerned individuals and organisations responding to economic justice issues and the impact of globalisation and free trade on Pacific communities.
May 2004 article by Focus on the Global South associate Raghav Narsalay on the politics of regional trade negotiations in South Asia. A PDF version with table and graph is available for download here