RCEP: Looking Beyond Ratification

Accounting for nearly a third of the world’s population and almost 30 per cent of global GDP, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), concluded in November 2020, drew its 15 signatories from Asia Pacific into the world’s largest trading bloc. Initially conceived by ASEAN as a means of bringing its pre-existing regional trade partners together under a comprehensive economic agreement, RCEP is expected to add US$200 billion to global GDP annually by 2030.

With the ratification of the RCEP in January 1st, 2022, this event will bring together experts from across Asia Pacific to consider the likely impact of this agreement on the region’s economy and its practical implications for businesses operating in the region. In a time when many economies still plot their recoveries from the impacts of COVID-19, RCEP represents an opportunity to leverage liberalised trade and supply chain optimization while kick-starting Asia Pacific’s ailing economies.

While questions remain about how all 15 signatories can ensure equitable influence within RCEP, the opportunities this agreement represents for businesses and Asia Pacific’s regional economy are clear. Against this backdrop, this event, produced in partnership with Asia House and supported by the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia, Business China, Gao Feng Advisory Company and SRW &Co., will look beyond ratification to consider how RCEP will change the economic and political landscape of Asia Pacific and how businesses can practically benefit from the agreement.

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