The art of the free trade agreement

June 7, 2017

During their recent meeting in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on the need to resume India-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA) talks. These... READ MORE


South Korea Seeks to Jump-Start Central America Ties With Regional Trade Deal

December 19, 2016

Representatives from South Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama concluded negotiations for a free trade deal last month, with the final agreement expected to be si... READ MORE


Asian Economic Integration Report 2016

December 15, 2016

The Asian Economic Integration Report 2016: What drives foreign direct investment in Asia and the Pacific? is ADB’s annual report on Asia’s regional economic cooperation and integration... READ MORE


UK explores multi-billion pound free trade deal with China

July 24, 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond has begun discussions with China on an ambitious free trade deal which could see greater access for major Chinese banks and businesses to the UK economy. READ MORE


Negotiations ongoing for GCC-China free trade agreement, says official

May 15, 2016

Negotiations are ongoing between Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries and China to reach a free trade agreement, an official of the Federation of the GCC Chambers (FGCC Chambers) said. Speaking t... READ MORE


Mexico Banking on New Market Access Through TPP to Grow Its Economy

May 12, 2016

Mexican Trade Minister Herminio Blanco told a gathering of Mexican and Japanese business leaders earlier this month that “Mexico will become more competitive when the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] t... READ MORE


FDI key to the future of South Asian regional integration

May 11, 2016

Recent decades have witnessed a growing trend towards regional economic integration. As of February 2016, some 625 notifications of regional trade agreements had been received by the WTO and of these,... READ MORE


Indonesia-EU free trade talks take big step forward

April 18, 2016

Indonesia and the European Union (EU) are one step closer to realising a free trade agreement after talks to discuss the scope of documents outlining the items they want to include in the negotiations... READ MORE


Many Issues Stand in the Way of India, the EU Agreeing on a Free Trade Deal in Brussels

March 30, 2016

International trade and foreign investment have come to occupy pivotal roles in international relations today. For India and the EU, this holds true too. Thus, what is likely to dominate the 13th Indi... READ MORE


South Korea, Vietnam ink trade and investment deal

March 5, 2016

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City (ITPC) to facilitate the exchange of inves... READ MORE


EU, Canada Agree on New Approach to Investment in FTA

March 1, 2016

Canada and the European Union (EU) have agreed to the inclusion in their proposed free trade agreement of a new approach to investment protection and dispute resolution. Negotiations toward an EU-Cana... READ MORE


TPP keeps the internet’s rules liberal

February 29, 2016

There has been a good deal of hype touting the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as the first ‘21st century’ trade pact. Whether it lives up to this high accolade is current... READ MORE


RCI Chat Issue No. 14

February 1, 2016

This issue of the Asia Regional Integration Center's bimonthly newsletter provides the latest news on trade, investment, cross-border infrastructure, and regional public goods among other topic... READ MORE


Malaysia trade minister calls on parliament to pass TPP bill

January 26, 2016

Malaysia's trade minister warned Tuesday that the country will lag behind Vietnam if it does not accede to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as parliament began a session to debate and vote on the controv... READ MORE


The E15 Initiative: Strengthening the Global Trade and Investment System in the 21st Century

January 22, 2016

World trade has experienced a significant slowdown since the 2008 financial crisis. Over this period, the global ratio of trade expansion to income growth has halved. An effective global trade and... READ MORE


TPP will help create jobs and boost global growth

January 19, 2016

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and U.S. President Barack Obama will sit down at the White House to discuss a number of crucial issues from security to the economy. On the economy, they wil... READ MORE


Economic reform is crucial to sustain long-term growth in Vietnam

December 11, 2015

The economy will likely report a solid growth performance of 6.6% for this year. But to sustain the sanguine economic outlook in the long-term, reforms will be crucial. In this regard, a steady proces... READ MORE


Trade between Korea, Latin America Showing Annual 17% Growth on Average

December 7, 2015

It has been found that the volume of trade between Korea and Latin America has grown at an annual average of 17 percent since 1990 with Korea purchasing a variety of products from the continent. Accor... READ MORE


An Assessment of the Korea-China Free Trade Agreement

December 1, 2015

Of all the free trade agreements (FTAs) concluded by Korea with its major trading partners since the turn of the century, the Korea-China FTA may the largest in trade terms. it is, however, far fro... READ MORE


EU to use its Chairmanship of TISA Talks on Services

November 30, 2015

The EU is to use its chairmanship of the latest round of negotiations for an international agreement on trade in services (TiSA) to push for significant progress on key chapters. The 15th round of tal... READ MORE


The Future of the Global Trade and Investment Architecture

November 19, 2015

The global trade and investment architecture (GTIA) plays a critical role in shaping the organisation and structure of international commerce – from production and distribution to consumption... READ MORE


RCI Chat Issue No. 13

November 1, 2015

This is the 13th issue of the ARIC newsletter focused on cross-border infrastructure, trade, investment, money, finance and regional public goods. The November-December 2015 issue includes news on... READ MORE


ASEAN Economic Integration Through Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: Long-Term Challenges

October 1, 2015

This paper explores the long-term challenges for trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The region has emerged as an important production b... READ MORE


Deep Trade Agreements and Vertical FDI : The Devil Is in the Details

October 1, 2015

Recent data show that the institutional content of preferential trade agreements has evolved over time. Although pre-1990s preferential trade agreements mostly focused on tariff liberalization, rec... READ MORE


Korea and Latin America and the Caribbean: Striving for a Diverse and Dynamic Relationship

March 1, 2015

For Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia has gone from an afterthought to a centerpiece of economic relations over the last decade. Seemingly out of nowhere, fast-growing Asian economies bec... READ MORE


The Investment Version of the Asian Noodle Bowl

April 1, 2014

This paper aims to provide a detailed reading of recent advances in Asian investment rulemaking and a finer appreciation of how rules in Asian IIAs have evolved in response to stimuli. While existi... READ MORE


Five Questions Answered on Africa’s Rising Economic Growth

February 1, 2014

There has been a lot of talk about Africa’s rising economic prosperity and whether it is sustainable and deeply rooted in reducing extreme poverty across the continent. So, I sat down to answ... READ MORE


Terms of Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Development: A Case of Intra-Asian “Kicking Away the ladder"?

December 1, 2013

This paper addresses in more detail the question raised in Wacker (2011b): why does foreign direct investment (FDI) generally have a positive impact on developing countries’ terms of trade ex... READ MORE


Developing the Service Sector as an Engine of Growth for Asia

October 1, 2013

This book analyzes the current state of the region's service sector, the salient barriers to service sector development, and the prospects for the sector to serve as an engine for inclusive gro... READ MORE


Intra-sAdc cross-border investments

September 1, 2013

Cross-Border Investment (CBI) refers to all capital flows, both private and public, between countries i.e. investment across the geographical borders of countries. Intra-regional CBI is therefore r... READ MORE


Southeastern Promises?: An Appraisal of the Russia-ASEAN Economic Partnership

August 1, 2013

In July 1996, Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) established a comprehensive ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership. Despite these efforts, neither Russia nor ASEAN are priori... READ MORE


Why is Columbia not in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

July 1, 2013

Last month, Vice President Joe Biden met with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos in Bogotá as part of his whirlwind tour of the Americas. During and after the trip, Biden stressed the im... READ MORE


Latin America "Pivots" to Asia

March 1, 2013

Although the TPP negotiations have received considerable attention, much of it has been focused on the participation of the United States and the interest of the Asian “giants,” particu... READ MORE


Obama's Pivot to Europe: Forget China. An EU trade deal would be the real game-changer.

February 1, 2013

The fact is, the U.S. and the EU have it in their power to enact a potentially game-changing policy that could boost economic growth on both side of the Atlantic, help the transatlantic allies deal... READ MORE