RCEP and China: Reimagining the future of trade in Asia

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) could eventually usher in an era of much deeper regional integration: for corporates doing business in the region, their future success may well hinge on how adeptly they manage to navigate the evolution of Asia’s trade landscape under the RCEP.

Thailand’s political crisis could delay FTA deals

While Thailand is pushing ahead with efforts to expand its network of free trade agreements (FTAs), the lack of a permanent government means that approval and implementation of any deals could be delayed.

Is Thailand ready for 2015 free market and labor challenge ?

The Ministry of Commerce has been instructed to focus on a study on impacts of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which will be in place in 2015. The Ministry of Labor is working also to prepare Thai labor for free flow of skilled labor within the ASEAN region when the ASEAN Community is in place in 2015.

Thailand EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on tracks

A joint meeting of the state and private sectors on Monday agreed to form two committees to plan a framework of Thailand European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiation, said Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom. Thailand and the European Union will open formal talk on Free Trade Area agreements early next month.

ASEAN’s Steel Industry Strikes Back

In a move described as “unprecedented” by the Malaysia Star, the national steel associations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, e.g., the ASEAN countries with steel manufacturing, made a joint appeal to the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN member states to revisit the ASEAN-China FTA.

Thai-EU free trade agreement on track for 2015

Trade between the EU and Thailand is considerable, amounting to approximately €27 billion (1.15 trillion Baht) in 2010. The EU is Thailand’s second largest export market, after the ASEAN. In 2010, exports from Thailand to the EU totalled some €17 billion (approx. 725 billion Baht).

Asean, China to strengthen Free-Trade Agreement (FTA)

Asean and Chinese leaders will ink two agreements facilitating trade growth between the two sides under the Asean-China Free-Trade Agree-ment (FTA) at their bilateral summit this month.

Thailand to expand trade and investment with India

New Delhi business newspaper economic times says that India and Thailand will sign a free trade agreement by the middle of this year, according to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.