The heads of states of the People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea have announced that they will start negotiating a new free trade agreement later this year. See ICTSD analysis.
A recently drafted report by international agencies for the leaders of the G-20 group of countries recommends to discipline import and export restrictions and to support the WTO-OECD initiative for aid for trade in order to increase farm yields. Download G-20 Draft Report on Sustainable Agriculture. Read ICTSD analysis of G-20 Draft Report.
In a mere decade, the manufacturing prowess and insatiable hunger for natural resources of Asia’s two most populous economies have made Asia the second largest trading partner of Latin American countries. On 5 May, President Kuroda and Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno therefore launched a joint publication on Shaping the Future of Asia-Latin America and the Caribbean Relationship. Read news.
Masahiro Kawai and Ganeshan Wignaraja discuss the impact of Asia’s "noodle bowl"of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) on businesses based on firm-level surveys in seven countries. Read more.
This first RTG Co-chairs report-Aid for Trade in the Asia-Pacific: Its Role in Trade-Driven Growth-takes stock of the Asia-Pacific experience and identifies the way forward for the WTO Aid for Trade Initiative in the region. Aid for Trade offers the opportunity to close the gap between the two faces of the region. Download.
Arguably the greatest trade policy challenge facing ASEAN’s newer members — Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) — are the non-tariff barriers restricting trade. Nevertheless, traditional trade instruments such as the tariff and policy relating to its management remain important and should not be ignored. Read more.