This brief begins by discussing East Asia's emergence as a global factory and the spread of FTAs. It then examines varieties of national FTA strategies in Northeast and Southeast Asia. The brief goes on
to analyze information on FTA use, impediments, and rules of origin based on the ADB multi-country survey. Finally, it explores a possible way forward, highlighting short-term measures as well as a
regionwide FTA for the medium term.Visit site.
Asian Development Bank Institute | PDF | 8 pages
For a small state like Tonga--with a labor force of only 41,771 people--one of the fundamental challenges of participating in the international trading system is limited human capacity. Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) often struggle to field experts in negotiations that define the terms of their trading system. Visit site..
Office of Regional Economic Integration | PDF | 6 pages