RCEP

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is currently under negotiation between ASEAN member states plus the six countries that have existing trade agreements with ASEAN. It encompasses Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

RCEP should in principle include investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions.

ISDS proposals have reportedly been tabled by Korea and Japan. They are likely to be similar to those in their own bilateral agreements and in the TPP text. Civil society groups have raised serious concerns over public health and other ‘safeguards’ proposed for ISDS in the TPP and argued that ISDS should be excluded in order to protect health, environment and other public interest regulations.

India and China are likely to table different proposals or concept papers based on their own experience. The Indian government is currently considering a revised draft bilateral investment treaty that reduces investor rights compared to other version of ISDS.

(November 2015)

APWLD | 13-Jul-2017
The ’No RCEP’ campaign urges governments to consider the adverse impact of the mega free trade agreement
NDTV India | 8-Jul-2017
What can India do at the level of trade and diplomacy to deal with RCEP
Madhyam | 3-Jul-2017
Governments at the Centre and in the States must urgently invest in building their own capacity to handle the new generation of international investment arbitration.
Focus on the Global South | 1-Jun-2017
In the recent “RCEP 18th Round of Talks,” members of civil society organizations and social movements presented their positions vis-à-vis the RCEP.
Inquirer.net | 18-May-2017
RCEP negotiations have been highly conspiratorial and undemocratic, with all 18 rounds of trade discussions held in secret and no reports shared with the public
Electronic Frontier Foundation | 17-May-2017
There has also been no official release of the chapters and textual proposals related to rules that are being tabled.
Forum on FTAs | 8-May-2017
RCEP magnifies existing inequalities and discriminates against women, indigenous peoples, people living with HIV or other illnesses, people with disabilities,rural communities, farmers and workers
People Over Profit | 5-May-2017
The People Over Profit network together with local civil society organizations in the Philippines warn of intensifying corporate attacks on people’s rights and join calls for an independent, sovereign and peaceful Southeast Asian region.
AFTINET | 3-May-2017
ISDS is increasingly being used by global corporations to challenge health, environment and other public interest laws.
Forum against FTAs | 27-Apr-2017
Trade unions, farmers groups, health activists, and other people’s movements are planning to organise a series of events to put pressure on the Government of India to withdraw from RCEP negotiations.

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