Thai Parliament approves Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

The parliament approved the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which was expected to take effect this year, said Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit.RCEP would be the 14th free trade agreement (FTA) of Thailand and would promote Thai trade, he ...

State puts RCEP pact on fast track

The government is speeding up the process to enable parliament to approve its signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact, potentially the word’s biggest free trade deal, by February 2021 to pave the way for full ratification within 2021, says Commerce Minister ...

Phusadee Arunmas

New trade agreement to help exports, tourism

Export and tourism-related stocks are likely to reap benefits from the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement, which includes 15 countries and was signed over the weekend at the 37th Asean Leadership Summit.The new deal creates the world’s largest free trade bloc, with ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Trade department to push for RCEP signing in October

The Department of Trade Negotiations will urge the Cabinet in October to consider signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact, the department’s director general Auramon Supthaweethum said.She added that the vetting of all 20 chapters of the accord had been completed and that it ...

The Nation Reporter

RCEP nears completion

Notoriously labelled a ceremonial “talk shop” without any tangible outcomes, the latest Asean Summit in Bangkok finally proved critics wrong as regional leaders made progress in settling a mammoth trade pact despite India’s departure.The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed free-trade agreement between ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Bloc optimistic on RCEP deal

The 10 Asean member countries and six trading partners remain optimistic about making a breakthrough on the long-delayed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal during the 35th Asean Summit in Bangkok, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said.Keep reading ...

Phusadee Arunmas

Asean 'confident' RCEP done by year's end

Asean Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi on Sunday expressed his confidence that the long-awaited Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be completed in principle before Thailand’s chairmanship ends at the end of this year.Keep reading ...

Thana Boonlert

Politics of regional trade liberalisation

As multilateral trade negotiations have become unworkable, regional and bilateral alternatives are on the rise. In Thailand’s neighbourhood, the most consequential of these trade vehicles is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Keep reading ...

Thitinan Pongsudhirak

34th ASEAN Summit Marks a Milestone in Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship

Nowhere else on earth could shadow puppets, Khon, Chinese opera, contemporary dance with Hanuman riding a Segway with an Ipad in his hand, be so harmoniously combined together in one single performance than a show presented in an ASEAN Member State. That was how “Vivid ...

Asean leaders back Thai push for RCEP deal

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have vowed to try to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year, deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak said on Saturday.Keep reading ...

Kornchanok Raksaseri

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