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Trump Confirms US Withdrawal From Trans Pacific Partnership

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that, during his first day in office, he will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty. Read Full Story


China Pushes Its Pan-Asian Trade Deals With TPP In Doubt

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, November 14, 2016

Given the increased probability that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will not be ratified by the United States, China is pushing its own longer term objective of a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific and the more-immediate Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Read Full Story


EU, ASEAN Decide To Resume FTA Talks

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Representatives from the Association of South East Asian Nations and the European Union have confirmed their "commitment to intensify work towards the timely resumption of region-to-region free trade agreement negotiations." Read Full Story


Ministers Discuss Taking Forward Hong Kong-ASEAN FTA

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So, met with the Singaporean and Philippine trade ministers to discuss the progress of the Hong Kong-Association of Southeast Asian Nations free trade agreement negotiations. Read Full Story


Philippines Looking To Catch Up On Tax Efficiency

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Philippines intends to address its low tax-efficiency rate, which continues to lag behind its peers, Finance Department spokesperson Paola Alvarez said. Read Full Story


USTR Criticized For Exclusions After GSP Review

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Deep disappointment" has been expressed over the exclusion of travel goods produced in the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka from duty-free status under the US Generalized System of Preferences program, following the US Administration's recent annual review. Read Full Story


Singapore's Budget Should Refine Tax Incentives: Deloitte

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Deloitte has said Singapore should improve tax incentives to support start-ups and ensure Singapore remains a competitive domicile for multinationals in the upcoming Budget. Read Full Story


Thai Tax Breaks To Lure SMEs Into Tax Net

by Mary Swire,, Hong kong

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Thailand has launched a new tax amnesty scheme designed to encourage small- and medium-sized businesses to move from the informal economy and register for income tax. Read Full Story


ASEAN Reinforces Commitment to RCEP

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations looked forward to the early conclusion of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade treaty in a statement following their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 21. Read Full Story


US Places Thailand Under GSP Review

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, November 27, 2015

As part of the ongoing 2015 Annual Generalized System of Preferences Review, the US Trade Policy Staff Committee has announced that it is reviewing Thailand's eligibility for the program's tariff benefits. Read Full Story



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