What is the RCEP?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN countries, plus China, Japan, India, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

The aim is to finish by the end of 2017.


MAJOR ISSUES

ISDS TPP-like proposals: India and some ASEAN countries are resisting this and want more exclusions for public interest regulation.

Stronger medicine monopolies: Japan and Korea have tabled TPP-like proposalsresisted by India and low income countries.

Movement of temporary workers: May be proposals for increased numbers of temporary workers without testing whether local workers are available.


Trade envoy Andrew Robb is pushing for the convergence of the RCEP and the TPP, and leaked documents have revealed that Japan and Korea have tabled TPP-like proposals on stronger monopolies for medicines. ISDS is also on the agenda. There may also be proposals to include movement of temporary workers, following the examples of the China FTA and the TPP. Read more here.

Read AFTINET's 2015 submission to DFAT here.

Read all the latest news on RCEP here.

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Updated February 2017