Trade and Investment Facilitation

The MOU covers the ASEAN List of Essential Goods, which covers mostly medicines and medical supplies and also includes soaps, disinfectants, and face masks. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

ASEAN Removes Trade Barriers on Medicines and Other Essential Goods

November 23, 2020
Ten countries in Southeast Asia are removing restrictions on intraregional trade of medicines and other goods needed to fight COVID-19.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement is expected to improve market access, build regional supply chains, increase investments and opportunities, and boost economic recovery efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

5 Things You Need to Know about ASEAN’s Biggest Trade Agreement

November 19, 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) groups the 10 ASEAN member states and its 5 regional partners: Australia, the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, and New Zealand.
Products displayed at a BIMP-EAGA trade fair include halal-certified sardines from the Philippines.

Tapping into the Halal Market

September 29, 2020
Ecozone developers revive efforts to make Mindanao a major halal food producer.
Container vans waiting to be shipped

Regional Cooperation Programs Like ASEAN Helped Spur Asia’s Growth

September 29, 2020
Regional cooperation is credited for contributing to Asia’s success story, helping countries work together in times of prosperity and crises.
The ASEAN-wide Self-Certification Scheme is expected to benefit particularly the small manufacturers and traders that have had difficulty getting the proper documents to avail of preferential tariff under the trade agreement. Photo credit: iStock/Bastian Saputra.

ASEAN Simplifies Trade Procedures for Exporters

September 22, 2020
Self-certification scheme improves ease of doing business while lowering costs.
Stock photo of construction project

Restarting Investment Promotion in the New Normal

August 18, 2020
After providing crisis support, investment promotion agencies now need to build back investor confidence.
Woman getting off a ferry

BIMP-EAGA Urged to Shore Up Connectivity Gains in Wake of COVID-19

August 12, 2020
The business sector calls for a review of transport deals to reflect the new normal and recovery agenda in the subregion.
Tour boats on the Kinabatangan River in Sabah. Photo: iStock/michaelcurwood.

Opportunities in Cross-Border Production between Sabah and North Kalimantan

February 25, 2020
The economies of Sabah and North Kalimantan complement each other and offer cross-border opportunities in tourism, education, and trade.