The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asia and Pacific regions. It includes China, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key trading nations such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and India.

Over 50% of the world’s population lives in the countries party to RCEP, which account for over a quarter of global exports and almost 30% of the world’s GDP.

Intervention at the RCEP Stakeholder Engagement during the 23rd Round of RCEP negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 July 2018

Joseph Purugganan, Focus on the Global South

On the 20th of July 2018, 25 civil society organizations in Thailand in the sectors of health, agriculture, fishery, environment, internet, labor rights, women rights and climate change convened a meeting on the impact of RCEP and CPTPP. We have several serious concerns over the both trade agreements. We have consensus on our position on RCEP and CPTPP as follows:

Presentation at the Dialogue on RCEP Negotiations and their impact on Human Rights and the Environment: The Role of Parliamentarians and Other Stakeholders

By Joseph Purugganan, Focus on the Global South


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