149 results about REGIONAL INTEGRATION


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Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Endorses Trade Facilitation Plan

June 14, 2018

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) endorsed a statement aimed at facilitating trade across its members’ borders, with the regional economic grouping also pledging to support the mult... READ MORE

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Small-Scale Cross-Border Trade in Africa: Why It Matters and How It Should Be Supported

June 5, 2018

Small-scale cross-border trade can play a fundamental role in contributing to poverty reduction and food security across Africa. How can it be supported to ensure that it delivers its full deve... READ MORE

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The African Continental Free Trade Area: An Opportunity for Informal Cross-Border Trade

June 5, 2018

How can African countries use the African Continental Free Trade Area to overcome the existing challenges to informal cross-border trade and harness the potential of such trade to support incom... READ MORE

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West African Cross-Border Trade: Trends and Opportunities

June 5, 2018

Cross-border trade is not a new phenomenon in West Africa. What are the major changes that made it evolve over time? And which barriers still hinder its development?
 

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APEC Trade Ministers Shun Protectionism

May 31, 2018

The trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states gathered from 25 to 26 May in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for their 24th annual meet. Papua New Guinea and World... READ MORE

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Ratification of African Continental Free Trade Area Gets Underway

May 24, 2018

Two months after over 40 nations signed a framework agreement for an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signatories are now beginning the ratification process, while also looking at the... READ MORE

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WTO Ministerial: In Landmark Move, Country Coalitions Set Plans to Advance on New Issues

December 14, 2017

The WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference has drawn to a close, capping a busy week of talks which saw members only able to endorse limited substantive outcomes at the multilateral level. The... READ MORE

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APEC Summit Wraps Up in Vietnam, Looking to Next Steps for Trade and Integration Agenda

November 16, 2017

Leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies concluded their 25th annual meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, on 11 November. Preceded by several weeks of technical, thematic... READ MORE

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TPP-11 Trade Talks Approach Finish Line Under a New Name

November 16, 2017

Trade ministers from the 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries announced last week that they are within striking distance of a plan to bring the trade agreement into force, which t... READ MORE

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Trade and Integration Monitor 2017: Beyond the Recovery, Competing for Market Share in the Digital Era

November 15, 2017

The value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) started to recover in 2016, and increased a notable 13.2% year-on-year in the first half of 2017. The regional recovery, however, was... READ MORE

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ASEAN 50 Years on: Lessons for the CFTA Process

September 20, 2017

Fifty years after the signing of its founding declaration, how much has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieved in terms of regional integration? What are the main lessons that... READ MORE

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Bringing the CFTA About: Key Factors for Success

September 20, 2017

How can African negotiators and policymakers ensure that the CFTA will be successful? With the imminent release of the latest edition in the Assessing Regional Integration in Africa report series,... READ MORE

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Crafting a Robust CFTA: The Human Rights Contribution

September 20, 2017

Can African countries simultaneously foster trade liberalisation, economic growth, and human rights in the context of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)? A recent study argues that they can, an... READ MORE

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Talking CFTA with Albert Muchanga, the AU’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry

September 20, 2017

Bridges Africa met with Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, to discuss the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) currently under negotiation.

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The CFTA Negotiations and the Issue of Coherence

September 20, 2017

What are the challenges facing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). The analysis of the... READ MORE

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BRICS Leaders Stress Economic, Development Cooperation at Xiamen Summit

September 15, 2017

Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa concluded their ninth “BRICS” Summit last week, signing off on a declaration which covered topics such as economic cooperatio... READ MORE

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Eyeing November Leaders' Meeting, RCEP Ministers Pledge to "Maximise Progress"

September 14, 2017

Economic ministers from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries pledged to ramp up their negotiating efforts on an extensive regional free trade deal, following a meeting i... READ MORE

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TPP-11 Negotiators Review Trade Deal Options Ahead of November Meet

September 14, 2017

Senior officials from the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations are gearing up for another set of meetings in Japan later this month, aiming to build on their discussions in Australia in late... READ MORE

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PACER Plus Countries Prepare for Trade Deal Ratification

June 22, 2017

Australia, New Zealand, and eight Pacific island countries signed the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus) last week in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, eight years after negoti... READ MORE

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US, New Zealand Officials Look to Deepen Trade Ties

June 22, 2017

US and New Zealand officials are exploring options to deepen bilateral trade ties, with the possibility of formal trade talks being floated. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay met with US trade... READ MORE

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New data shows US loss from TPP withdrawal

June 21, 2017

The US will lose an estimated US$3.1bn from its exports due to its Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) withdrawal, a new study shows. Meanwhile the remaining 11 members would enjoy marginal gains from the... READ MORE

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Germany’s Merkel vows not to give up on US free trade deal

June 20, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to seek a broad agreement on trade at next month’s Group of 20 summit and told German business leaders that she won’t give up on a free-trade deal between Europe... READ MORE

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Hopes of EU-US trade agreement put on ice, say Brussels sources

June 5, 2017

The prospect of a revived EU-US trade deal is in “deep freeze”, according to Brussels sources, undermining reports that the EU has been inching ahead of the UK in the race for an arrangement with Wash... READ MORE

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Indian, German Leaders Renew Push for Deeper EU-India Trade Ties

June 1, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin this week, calling for renewed efforts towards boosting trade ties between New Delhi and the European Union. &l... READ MORE

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US, EU Officials to Examine Next Steps for Trade Ties

June 1, 2017

The US and the EU are planning to develop a “joint action plan” on trade, reports suggest, after leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, late last week. US President Donald Trump met with Eur... READ MORE

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At Hanoi Meet, Asia-Pacific Ministers Debate Future Trade Integration Paths

May 24, 2017

The past weekend saw ministerial meetings of multiple configurations in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, as officials discussed the future of various trade-related initiatives in the region. The main eve... READ MORE

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US Trade Rep Notifies Congress of NAFTA Negotiation Plans

May 24, 2017

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week of the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), kicking off a 90-day period before talk... READ MORE

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Macri confident a Mercosur/European Union trade accord can be expected in the second half of 2017

April 19, 2017

Argentine president Mauricio Macri is convinced that in the second half of the year Mercosur will sign the long awaited trade agreement with the European Union and will establish closer links with the... READ MORE

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Accord Between Mercosur and Pacific Alliance is Closer

April 13, 2017

The government of Brazil announced on Friday that Mercosur trade partners (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) were closer to reaching an agreement with the Pacific Alliance bloc, expanding trade... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific Roundup: Japan, ASEAN Meeting, Australia-India FTA Update

April 13, 2017

The past week has seen various meetings on advancing regional integration projects in the Asia-Pacific, including a new round of talks between China, South Korea, and Japan on a trilateral trade de... READ MORE

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Mercosur, Pacific Alliance Members Push for Deeper Economic Ties

April 13, 2017

On Friday 7 April, ministers from Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance convened in Buenos Aires for talks on developing closer ties between the two regional mechanisms, representing the second ministe... READ MORE

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2017 Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report: Routes to Growth in a New Trade World

April 4, 2017

The 2017 Macroreport considers recent developments in the global economy and how they may affect Latin America and the Caribbean. It reviews how countries are adapting to external conditions and ho... READ MORE

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Trade After the Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 3, 2017

In mid-March, ministers and high-level representatives from nations that have signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as China, Colombia and South Korea, met for the first time since the T... READ MORE

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Mexico Ready to Play the Corn Card in Trade Talks

April 2, 2017

From the hundreds of millions of tortillas consumed every year to the countless tons of corn-enriched feed that fattens livestock and poultry, corn is perhaps Mexico’s most important agricultural comm... READ MORE

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A Nod to NAFTA

March 31, 2017

After months of charged rhetoric on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a draft letter to Congress from the Trump administration appears to signal a willingness for constructive engagemen... READ MORE

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African Experts Consider Ways to Speed up CFTA Negotiations

March 31, 2017

Experts from the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Developme... READ MORE

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As Western economies look inward, what’s the future for Latin American trade?

March 28, 2017

Latin America’s economic downturn seems finally to have bottomed out. Positive, if modest, growth is forecast for this year. But as the region recovers from the end of the commodity super cyc... READ MORE

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Better Neighbors : Toward a Renewal of Economic Integration in Latin America

March 14, 2017

This book proposes a renewal of 'Open Regionalism' in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) aimed at achieving the region's goals of high growth with stability. The LAC region experienc... READ MORE

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The Big TPP Meeting in Chile, Explained

March 14, 2017

On the third day of this presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement resulting from over five years of... READ MORE

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Latin, Asian nations pursue free trade without U.S.

March 13, 2017

With the U.S. signaling a turn toward protectionism, nations that have benefited from global commerce, from Australia to Japan to Peru, are trying to pick up the free-trade mantle. READ MORE

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Trump may be boon to Pacific Alliance

February 10, 2017

Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to trash the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the four-nation Pacific Alliance is courting TPP as well as non-TPP countries -- including China. READ MORE

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African Integration: Facing up to Emerging Challenges

December 20, 2016

This paper examines the key elements bearing upon regional integration in Africa. It argues that integration should be conceived as a a means to respond to the development aspirations of societies... READ MORE

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Macri and Bachelet agree on a Mercosur-Pacific Alliance meeting in first half of 2017

December 20, 2016

Argentina and Chile agreed to organize a major Mercosur, Pacific Alliance trade blocks' meeting during the first half of 2017. Last Friday Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and her cabinet were in B... READ MORE

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Chile president says Argentina welcome as Pacific Alliance member

December 16, 2016

Chile would welcome Argentina as a member of the Pacific Alliance trade bloc, a group of four historically market-friendly Latin American countries, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said during a s... READ MORE

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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

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RCEP to consolidate Asian integration

December 13, 2016

There have been many statements in the media lately about the impact of the United States election on Asia, specifically regarding president-elect Donald Trump’s comments about the Trans-Pacific Partn... READ MORE

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5 Things you need to know about inclusive rules of origin and why it will affect trade

December 9, 2016

Two weeks ago, the IDB’s Integration and Trade Sector (INT) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) hosted a READ MORE

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Trade and Integration Monitor 2016: Downshifting: Latin America and the Caribbean in the New Normal of Global Trade

November 17, 2016

The Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 analyzes the different aspects of a downshifting in world trade and its effects on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This is the most recent edition of a... READ MORE

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Canada open to renegotiating free trade with Trump

November 12, 2016

Canada’s ambassador to Washington said Wednesday that Canada is open to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement if that’s what President-elect Donald Trump wants. Ambassador David MacNau... READ MORE

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Signing preferential, free trade deals to boost Iran-Malaysia economic ties

October 24, 2016

As Vaezi told reporters, negotiations have been conducted for exporting Iranian petrochemical products to Malaysia and Iranian products will enter the country’s market in the near future. The Malaysia... READ MORE

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The Emerging Political Economy of OBOR

October 24, 2016

This report explores the implications of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative on the politics and economics of Central Asia. The analysis calls into question the underlying assumption... READ MORE

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As EU-Canada Summit Approaches, Pressure Grows to Reach CETA Consensus

October 20, 2016

The European Council is due to begin a two-day leaders’ meeting on Thursday, where they are expected to confirm whether they are in a position to sign a negotiated trade deal with Canada. The... READ MORE

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Singapore, Australia Sign Updates to Trade Deal

October 20, 2016

Singaporean and Australian officials signed a series of updates to their existing trade deal last week, particularly in the area of services, following their latest review of the long-standing acco... READ MORE

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Tracking regional integration in Africa

October 18, 2016

One of the challenges hindering the implementation of Africa’s regional integration agenda has been the lack of an effective monitoring mechanism. How can the Africa Regional Integration Inde... READ MORE

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The Importance of Inclusive Trade in Economic Development

September 28, 2016

This past two weeks, leaders from around the world gathered in New York to attend the United Nation’s General Assembly. One of the topics of discussion was the READ MORE

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ASEAN Leaders Eye Next Steps For Boosting Economic Integration

September 15, 2016

The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) concluded a series of leaders’ level meetings last week, gathering in Vientiane, Laos, for three days of talks on “Turning Vision into Reali... READ MORE

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Could emerging economies accelerate regional integration in Africa?

September 15, 2016

As the regional integration agenda in Africa gains speed, is the economic engagement of emerging economies on the continent contributing to that agenda? If so, how? If not, can it be leveraged to c... READ MORE

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Brexit: An Impossibly Complex Task for the UK’s New Trade Negotiators?

September 7, 2016

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum on whether to unwind its relationship with the European Union (EU). The UK populace chose “Brexit.” It was a clear vote against the status q... READ MORE

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China’s Belt and Road initiative: can Europe expect trade gains?

September 5, 2016

The Belt and Road aims to ease bottlenecks for cross-border trade in Asia, Europe and Africa. This paper measures empirically whether the reduction in transportation costs will have a positive impa... READ MORE

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Macri after full integration of Mercosur with the Pacific Alliance

August 18, 2016

Latin America needs greater economic integration and a merger of Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance should be the objective, according to Argentine president Mauricio Macri, who insists in loosening tr... READ MORE

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Argentina and Mexico pledge to reach “absolute integration and free trade”

August 1, 2016

Argentina and Mexico agree on the need to reach absolute integration and free trade, as part of the closer bilateral relations confirmed with the visit to Buenos Aires of Mexican head of state Enrique... READ MORE

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Trade Minister Steve Ciobo to visit Jakarta to shore up free trade deal

July 31, 2016

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo will travel to Jakarta this week in his first trade-related overseas trip since the election, underscoring the emphasis Australia is placing on finalising the free trade agr... READ MORE

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U.S./Mexico Presidents Pledge More Trade; No Wall

July 25, 2016

President Barack Obama and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto outlined a series of trade and commerce efforts, including pushing for approval of the trans-Pacific pact, they said would further ceme... READ MORE

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EU-Turkish customs union: How to proceed

July 23, 2016

New EU trade agreements could adversely affect Turkey as a non-EU member. This column presents new findings of an economic analysis in which different trade policy scenarios are considered. The res... READ MORE

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South Africa launches initiative to promote trade with African partners

July 14, 2016

Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, recently announced the upcoming launch of Trade Africa, which will replace what was previously known as the Africa Export Council.READ MORE

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Canada signs landmark free trade agreement with Ukraine

July 11, 2016

The Government of Canada remains committed to working with Ukrainian government and business leaders to deepen the commercial ties between our countries and create jobs, strengthen the middle class, a... READ MORE

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The Changing Global Trade Architecture: Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa’s Development

July 1, 2016

This piece explores questions around the changing global trading architecture over the past 15 years. It examines how these changes have impacted on Africa’s economic development and the natu... READ MORE

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RCEP Countries Conclude Auckland Round, Eye Next Steps

June 23, 2016

Negotiators meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, last week continued their efforts to finalise talks this year for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a 16-country trade and investme... READ MORE

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Argentina Welcomed as Pacific Alliance Observer

June 16, 2016

Argentina is now an official observer to the Pacific Alliance, the South American bloc that includes Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru as full members. As a result of the 9 June move, which wi... READ MORE

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Monitoring Regional Economic Integration in Asia

June 9, 2016

Given the diversity of Asia and the capacity constraints of countries in the region to manage integration, building an integrated Asian market is not easy. Because regional economic integration is... READ MORE

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African countries hold second CFTA Negotiating Forum

June 2, 2016

Representatives from the African Union’s (AU) member states held the second session of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF), continuing their work aimed at laying the f... READ MORE

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a set of international economic rules

May 23, 2016
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Approaching the CFTA services negotiations: Which way towards delivery by 2017?

May 19, 2016

The services sector is becoming a key driver of sustainable economic growth and structural transformation in African economies. The World Bank estimates that the sector accounts for 47 percent of g... READ MORE

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Australia, Singapore Set to Upgrade Trade Deal

May 19, 2016

Australia and Singapore have agreed on a series of steps to build on their 2003 trade deal, officials announced earlier this month. The measures are in the context of the READ MORE

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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

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African Regional Integration Index Report 2016

May 5, 2016

Regional integration is a development priority for Africa. All Africans, not just policy makers and decision makers, have a role to play in making integration a reality for the continent. Integrati... READ MORE

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Reality Check: Is £250bn of trade at risk from Brexit?

May 4, 2016

The claim: Leaving the EU would put £250bn of trade at risk, according to Britain Stronger in Europe. Reality Check verdict: The group has taken a set of figures predicting the benefits of EU membersh... READ MORE

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Pacific Alliance trade pact aims to build regional value chains

May 3, 2016

The Pacific Alliance free trade agreement eliminates member countries’ tariffs on 92% of imports and exports with the aim of developing regional value chains. The free trade agreement for the regional... READ MORE

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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

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East Africa leads the way in regional integration, says Index

April 5, 2016

The Africa Regional Integration Index (ARII) Report – Africa’s first effort to measure progress on regional integration – was launched Saturday, April 2 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during African Develo... READ MORE

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Towards a New Trans-American Partnership

April 1, 2016

The global trade regime is undergoing fundamental changes. While World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries continue to work towards an ever elusive agreement, regional initiatives—most... READ MORE

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Amb: Peru-Korea FTA ‘successful’

March 30, 2016

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) signed by South Korea with Peru and Chile were successful and boosted bilateral trade between parties, Korean Ambassador to Peru Keun Ho Jang said. During the internationa... READ MORE

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Indonesia, Australia free trade talks set to progress following heightened tensions

March 15, 2016

Indonesian and Australian free trade talks are set to progress this week in a bid to turn around "underdone" business and investment ties following a period of heightened bilateral tensions. Former in... READ MORE

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Malcorra reveals free-trade deal talks

March 15, 2016

Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra has revealed the Mercosur regional trade bloc is discussing the possibility of signing a free-trade agreement with the United States, barely a week before US President... READ MORE

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The End of Free Trade?

March 15, 2016

The debate on trade in the U.S. presidential election should concern Korea because trade has come under fire from the left and right. On the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blames the North American... READ MORE

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AIIB to unlock South Asia’s economic potential

March 9, 2016

South Asia’s economic potential has long been constrained by low levels of economic integration. Despite being closely linked geographically, culturally and historically, intra-regional trade is very... READ MORE

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What the TPP means for Latin America and the Caribbean

March 9, 2016

On February 4, 2016, after five years of negotiations, the members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) signed the trade pact, considered to be the highest standard trade agreement to d... READ MORE

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Peru FM to attend Pacific Alliance meeting in Mexico

March 5, 2016

The Executive Branch authorized the trip of Peru’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ana Maria Sanchez to Mexico City for the Pacific Alliance meetings on 16-18 March, according to a supreme resolution publish... READ MORE

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Turkey shows Ukraine benefits of free trade

March 5, 2016

Turkey and Ukraine have a lot in common. Both straddle the fault line between East and West. Both are trade transit routes and both have similar geopolitical outlooks. But Ukraine is far behind its so... READ MORE

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APEC Senior Officials Drive Quality Growth Amid Headwinds

March 4, 2016

Senior Officials from the 21 APEC member economies have convened in Lima to develop new measures for delivering higher quality growth. They are intent on improving social mobility and living standards... READ MORE

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Free trade a concept that remains elusive in Africa

March 4, 2016

Last week we looked at visa openness in Africa and concluded that the continent remains largely closed with its citizens requiring visas to travel to 55% of other African countries. This week we take... READ MORE

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Indonesian trade minister to visit Australia as both countries prioritise free-trade talks

March 2, 2016

Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong will visit Australia this month as both countries prioritise a free-trade deal that had stalled amid diplomatic tensions and a climate of economic protectionis... READ MORE

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Pacific Alliance technical groups convene in Colombia

March 2, 2016

The first session of the 23rd round of meetings of technical groups of the Pacific Alliance started on Tuesday featuring government officials of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru gathered in Bogota. Th... READ MORE

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Free talks with Korea likely to start after June

February 23, 2016

South Korean Ambassador Dr Song Jong-hwan has voiced the hope that formal negotiations with Pakistan for a free trade agreement will start immediately after June this year and called trade liberalisat... READ MORE

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Africa Launches Largest Trading Block With 620 Million Consumers

February 22, 2016

More than 1,500 public and private business delegates and state leaders agreed on 20-21 February to mobilise massive investments for the implementation of Africa's largest trading bloc which was creat... READ MORE

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Trade, Economic Ties in Focus as US, ASEAN Leaders Meet

February 18, 2016

Regional trade and economic ties were high on the agenda during a two-day summit of US and Southeast Asian leaders in the California resort of Sunnylands, held from 15-16 February. 

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Pacific Alliance to grow 3.1% and 4.5% in 2017-18

February 13, 2016

The economic bloc comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru or Pacific Alliance is expected to grow 3.1% and 4.5% in 2017 and 2018, respectively, while imports are set to expand 5.9% and 6.1% in eac... READ MORE

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After signing, Peru looks to ratify Trans-Pacific Partnership

February 4, 2016

Peru and 11 other countries including the United States formally signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in New Zealand on Thursday. With 12 member countries whose population of 800 million mak... READ MORE

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Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal signed in Auckland

February 4, 2016

The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand. The ceremony in Auckland brings the huge trade... READ MORE

RESEARCH

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

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Why the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Is More Important Than TPP

January 30, 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) — the former a free trade agreement covering 12 countries from North and South America to the Pacific... READ MORE

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TPP in the Spotlight as February Signing Date Approaches

January 28, 2016

The international debate on the potential merits and pitfalls of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement has ramped up in recent weeks, ahead of the pact’s scheduled signing by the part... READ MORE

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Turks underscore need for signing free trade deal

January 26, 2016

Members of a delegation from Turkey have underscored the need for signing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a view to boost the existing trade ties between Pakistan and Turkey. During their visit to the... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Enhancing Coherence and Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System in an Era of Regionalism

January 22, 2016

This paper examines the implications of this new era of regionalism and offers recommendations on how the system of RTAs can best be leveraged to advance trade and development. Seven policy options... READ MORE

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China, free trade deals boost wine exports

January 21, 2016

Rocketing Chinese demand and new free trade agreements in Asia have helped lift the value of Australian wine exports to their highest level since before the global finance crisis. The value of wine e... READ MORE

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Free Trade with Iran

January 21, 2016

The Premier and Army Chief’s diplomatic trip can be dubbed a success considering Pakistan’s apparent haste to initiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with Iran in the wake of lifting of sanctions on Teh... READ MORE

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Misplaced Trade Deals

January 20, 2016

Pakistan’s trade policy in recent years seems rather confusing and purposeless, to put it mildly. With the global economy slowing down post 2008 and remaining so till today, and with commodity prices... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Economic Integration: to Expand or to Deepen?

January 14, 2016

This brief seeks to examine the various geographically proximate African FTAs in the context of analyzing the deeper and expand models of economic integration and endeavor to indicate which of the... READ MORE

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ICBC Singapore signs 10 strategic cooperation agreements for 3rd Sino-Singapore project

January 11, 2016

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Singapore has entered 10 agreements to boost economic ties between Singapore and China, it said on Monday. The bank is part of the pioneer batch of finan... READ MORE

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Pakistan, Turkey ink MoU for promoting trade and exports

January 11, 2016

The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Radiant Businessmen Forum (RBF) of Turkey with the objective of promoting Pakistan’s trade and e... READ MORE

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ASEAN at court in Sunnylands

January 6, 2016

At the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, in November, President Obama reached out to elevate the United States–ASEAN relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’ and invited ASEAN Leaders to a summit that, i... READ MORE

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Innovation, Competitiveness and Regional Integration: Assessing Regional Integration in Africa VII

January 1, 2016

Assessing Regional Integration in Africa VII examines how the three elements of regional integration, innovation and competitiveness are interlinked. It explores the prospects for harnessing them w... READ MORE

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Potential Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

January 1, 2016

On October 4, 2015, 12 Pacific Rim countries concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. If ratified, the agreement could raise member country GDP by an average of 1.1... READ MORE

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China Aims To Sign Trade Agreement With Sri Lanka

December 30, 2015

China aims to have discussions with Sri Lanka next year on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in a bid to build stronger trade and investment ties, according to an article posted on the Sri Lanka P... READ MORE

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Macri's priorities: Mercosur, trade agreement with EU and the Pacific Alliance

December 23, 2015

In his address to fellow heads of state from Mercosur meeting in Paraguay, Macri called on the bloc, whose founding members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, to modernize and accelerate a... READ MORE

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Mercosur summit agenda includes trade, energy, human rights; Venezuela's Maduro absent

December 21, 2015

Paraguay foreign minister Eladio Loizaga advanced some of the issues that will addressed on Monday's Mercosur presidential summit, when all of the members of the group's heads of state have confirmed... READ MORE

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China Free Trade deal has $4bn toll on budget bottom line

December 15, 2015

The China Free Trade Agreement will be the biggest single policy expense in today’s budget update, costing around $4 billion over the four-year budget period, however it is not clear whether the gover... READ MORE

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Regional Trade and Bilateral Trading Agreements: The Case of ASEAN

December 14, 2015

In a global economic system characterized by the multiplication of bilateral trade agreements, regional economic organizations risk losing their traditional rationale and becoming irrelevant. This per... READ MORE

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50 billion reasons to think big on U.S.-Turkish relations

December 13, 2015

Last weekend’s G-20 summit in Antalya brought together leaders of the world’s largest economies. Although the summit originally aimed to cover global economic growth, small and medium-sized enterprise... READ MORE

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Incoming Foreign minister Malcorra: FTAA is not a dirty word

December 9, 2015

Incoming Foreign minister Susana Malcorra suggested yesterday president-elect Mauricio Macri's administration would not be averse to participating in a revived Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) i... READ MORE

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EU-Japan FTA: Why negotiations are far from over

November 18, 2015

Hopes that the three year-old negotiations between the EU and Japan towards a free trade agreement could be finalised by the end of this year are fading. Tokyo is now in a new bargaining position, mak... READ MORE

NEWS

EU-Ukraine free trade 'set for 2016' - President Poroshenko

November 17, 2015

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the EU has confirmed that an EU-Ukrainian free trade zone will be launched on 1 January. The deal was supposed to take effect this January but Russia o... READ MORE

NEWS

China, Japan, Korea Continue Push For FTA, RCEP

November 2, 2015

South Korea, Japan, and China held the 10th Trilateral Economic Trade Ministers' Meeting on October 30 in Seoul and agreed to accelerate talks aimed at establishing a tripartite free trade agreement (... READ MORE

RESEARCH

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

NEWS

Will Canada's new Liberal government move closer to Asia?

October 21, 2015

The results of Canada's Oct. 20 federal election, which saw the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau return to power with a majority government after almost a decade in opposition, will have policy impl... READ MORE

RESEARCH

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

RESEARCH

Korea and the TPP: The Inevitable Partnership

August 1, 2015

Korea's decision to delay joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks was a tactical mistake. It is now left with primarily two options to participate: (1) ask to join the TPP, if possibl... READ MORE

NEWS

Why the TPP is the linchpin of the Asia rebalance

July 28, 2015

This week, twelve trade ministers meet in Hawaii to try to complete negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. If they succeed, there will be substantial benefits for their nations... READ MORE

NEWS

The way ahead for the EU-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement

July 15, 2015

Their aim is to take stock of the first five years of the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and plan the next phase of cooperation. The Commissioner highlighted notable achievements so... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Pacific Alliance Moving Towards Its Consolidation

July 1, 2015

This piece provides an update on the latest Presidential Summit of the Pacific Alliance and the commitments made by member Presidents to deepen integration and improve cooperation.

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NEWS

Will the TPP Help Latin America?

May 1, 2015

With the International Monetary Fund having just cut its forecasts for economic growth in Latin America for the fifth year in a row, the region’s countries are casting about for ways to reignite inves... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Trans-Pacific Partnership versus Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

December 1, 2014

This paper argues that the formation of regional integration frameworks can be best understood as a dominant state’s attempt to create a preferred regional framework in which it an exercise e... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Tanzania's Seaports and Transport Corridors as Development Opportunity for East and Southern Africa

July 1, 2014

Favorable economic growth prospects for the East and Southern Africa region will result in increased trade flows. This puts significant pressure on Tanzania’s port and transport infrastructur... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Going Global: Promoting the Internationalization of SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 1, 2014

This report offers practical recommendations for policymakers, companies, and practitioners on how to reduce each one of these barriers. It also presents three areas that can be leveraged to intern... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Canada: A leader in the Americas?

February 1, 2014

On February 19, U.S. president Barack Obama, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Toluca, Mexico for the 2014 North American Leaders... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Deepen Economic Ties to Turkey

January 1, 2014

The authors writes the U.S. should continue pursuing a more ambitious agenda with Turkey, given Turkey’s importance for U.S. interests and the U.S. goal that Turkey anchor itself with the Wes... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains

January 1, 2014

The internationalization of production processes – the so-called global value chain (GVC) revolution – has opened a new pathway to industrial development. Nations initially join GVCs to... READ MORE

RESEARCH

20 Years of NAFTA: What’s Next for North America?

December 1, 2013

On January 1, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Today, North America is more deeply interconnected than ever before—largely as a result... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Global Economics Monthly: Economics and the Rebalance

December 1, 2013

Like administrations before it, the Obama administration has put economics at the center of its Asia-Pacific strategy. But it has arguably raised the stakes by making the overall success of its pol... READ MORE

RESEARCH

When the Immovable Object Meets the Unstoppable Force: Multilateralism, Regionalism and Deeper Integration

December 1, 2013

The experience of trade negotiations of the past decade shows that the multilateral system is at an impasse. Not only has it been difficult to get agreement on traditional issues such as meaningful... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The New North American Trade Map

November 1, 2013

Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The world economy looked quite a bit different in 1993 than it does today—the Int... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Too Far to Export

October 1, 2013

This study assesses the role of domestic transport costs ("factory-to-port") in shaping the level and diversification of countries' overall and subnational exports. The subnational di... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The Challenges and Opportunities of International Trade: Past, Present, and Future

July 1, 2013

The administration is engaged in negotiations that go far beyond our nation’s vast expanses, Atlantic and Pacific, as well as our northern and southern borders. This demonstrates vividly that... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Intra-Regional Trade in Southern Africa: Structure, Performance and Challenges

June 1, 2013

Have regional trading agreements (RTAs) boosted intra-regional trade in southern Africa? How has the direction and composition of intra-regional trade in southern Africa changed during the three de... READ MORE

RESEARCH

On the Use of FTAs: A Review of Research Methodologies

May 1, 2013

There has been much confusion, rather than debate, on the use of free trade agreements (FTAs). Unfortunately, a large part of the confusion is caused by the absence of consensus on the meaning of k... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Developing Economic Corridors in Africa: Rationale for the Participation of the African Development Bank

April 1, 2013

The purpose of this Brief is to provide the rationale for transforming Africa’s potential regional transport corridors into economic corridors and to discuss the role of the African Developme... READ MORE

RESEARCH

What is Economic Corridor Development and What Can It Achieve in Asia’s Subregions?

March 1, 2013

Economic corridors connect economic agents along a defined geography. They provide important connections between economic nodes or hubs that are usually centered in urban landscapes. They do not st... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic

September 1, 2012

This paper studies the potential for the export sector to play a more important role in promoting growth in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic (CAPDR) through deeper intra-regional... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Assessing Regional Integration in Africa: Towards an African Continental Free Trade

June 1, 2012

African Union Heads of State and Government have adopted and are pursuing regional integration as an overarching continental development strategy. The vision at the continental level is to achieve... READ MORE