Lessons from the Asean Summit

As Thailand prepares to wind down its year-long chairmanship of Asean, it’s time to reflect on the state of the 10-country alliance and relations with its dialogue partners. Based on what happened at the 35th Asean Summit from Nov 2-4 in Bangkok, the outlook is ...

Patpon Sabpaitoon

Thailand seeks restart of trade negotiations with EU

Thailand is ready to resume negotiations for a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) once the new government is established, as officials seek to offset the decline in global trade, according to a leading trade official.Keep reading ...

Phuwit Limviphuwat

Thailand preparing CPTPP application

Thailand will apply this month to join the new trans-Pacific free trade agreement, aiming to ensure it is not left behind by its competitors in the vibrant region, according to the country’s trade negotiations chief.“Thailand is working with the documents for applying to the CPTPP,” ...

Challenges in store as Thailand assumes Asean chair

As Thailand takes the 2019 Asean chairmanship on Tuesday, threats and challenges lie on the horizon. Experts are warning that Thailand and Asean must brace for spillover from the trade war between the United States and China and push harder for the promotion of free ...

Patpon Sabpaitoon

Apec leaders discuss free trade, protectionism

Leaders of 21 Pacific Rim economies on Sunday (Nov, 18) began discussing in Papua New Guinea ways to promote free trade and regional economic integration amid an unfolding trade war between the United States and China.This year, Washington and Beijing have engaged in tit-for-tat rounds ...

Abe pledges to promote free trade with Thailand, offers legal and political assistance to Cambodia

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday (Oct 8) confirmed their cooperation in promoting free trade, with the Southeast Asian country expressing its readiness to join the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Japan has helped spearhead.Keep reading ...

Thai-EU FTA talks to resume this year

Thai-EU free trade agreement (FTA) talks are expected to resume by the middle of this year, after the bloc late last year agreed to resume political contact “at all levels”, more than three years after suspending them to protest the 2014 military coup.After meeting with ...

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