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IPEF, ASEAN, RCEP, DEPA, CPTPP: Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Asian Trade

Published 02 August 2022

Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre, gave a briefing on what journalists need to know to track the multiple Asian bilateral and multilateral trade deals and frameworks.

Watch webinar recap:

The World Trade Organization’s inability to facilitate a unified set of global trade rules has prompted the proliferation of overlapping, conflicting, confusing, and partially ratified trade agreements among the Asian nations and their trading partners, said Deborah Elms.

Has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations been successful in integrating its members’ economies? Can the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership restore the lost glory of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Why did India pull out of the Regional Comprehensive and Economic Partnership? What is the difference between the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement and the bilateral Digital Economy Agreements? Is the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework the future of trade agreements? Elms answers these questions and more in her comprehensive run down on the trade agreement landscape in the region.

About the NPF International Trade Fellowship 2022

The National Press Foundation in collaboration with the Hinrich Foundation welcomed 22 Asia-based journalists to its International Trade Fellowship in Singapore last month. The five-day workshop, held at the Foundation’s offices in Singapore, touched on digital trade, trade agreements, and US-China trade friction among other issues. The NPF International Trade Fellowship is part of an ongoing program of trade training for journalists and awards for trade coverage sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation.

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