An ASEAN Economic Community by 2015?

Jayant Menon 27 September 2014

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the most successful regional grouping in the developing would.  Born as a politico-security pact in the aftermath of the Viet Nam War in 1967, it started with five countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  Brunei Darussalam joined in 1984, followed by Viet Nam in 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar in 1997, and finally Cambodia in 1999, bringing the total to 10 countries. Apart from expanding its membership, ASEAN has evolved to embrace an ambitious economic agenda.

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Topics:  Global governance International trade

Tags:  ASEAN, free-trade agreements, regional integration

TTIP, the multilateral trading system and Latin American countries

Anabel González 29 May 2014

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A lot is happening in trade negotiations in almost every corner of the world. Countries have been quite active at the bilateral and regional levels for some time – the WTO has been notified of 432 regional trade agreements.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, free-trade agreements, TPP, TTIP

Supply chains, mega-regionals and the WTO: New CEPR book

Bernard Hoekman 19 May 2014

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In December 2013, WTO members struck a multilateral agreement at their ministerial meeting in Bali as part of the long-running Doha Round. The Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement – the first such agreements since the WTO was founded in 1995 – is important in demonstrating WTO members can ‘get to yes’ despite their differences. While trade facilitation will benefit traders around the globe, the basic challenge confronting WTO negotiators remains.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, supply chains, free-trade agreements

TPP, TTIP and multilateralism: stepping stones or oceans apart?

Lucian Cernat 08 November 2013

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‘New’ and ‘old’ themes in the trade agenda

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  multilateralism, free-trade agreements, TPP, TTIP, mega-FTAs

Future of the world trading system: Asian perspectives

Richard Baldwin, Masahiro Kawai, Ganeshan Wignaraja 12 June 2013

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The 1995 creation of the WTO – as an institutional extension of the GATT - held out the promise of an effective, rules-based world trading system where all countries were treated alike. In addition to establishing a global judiciary for trade disputes, the WTO was expected to provide a forum for trade negotiations and other related functions. Progress on the judiciary side has been brilliant, but the negotiation promise has yet to be fulfilled (Messerlin 2012).

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Topics:  Global governance International trade

Tags:  WTO, free-trade agreements, Factory Asia

Some news about preferential international market access

Peter Egger, Georg Wamser 07 June 2013

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The world trade system as governed by the WTO works on two fundamental principles, i.e. most-favoured nation treatment and national treatment.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  trade policy, WTO, free-trade agreements

Tilting the playing field: FTAs and the changing pattern of protection

Thomas Prusa, Robert Teh 15 September 2010

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Two of the most popular changes in trade policy in recent years are free-trade agreements and using antidumping duties to restrict trade from low-wage countries.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, antidumping, protectionism, free-trade agreements