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Friday, December 3, 2021

RCEP agreement to take effect in January 2022

Updated: 09:54’ - 09/11/2021
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement will officially take effect starting January 1 next year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The trade pact was signed by 10 ASEAN members and their five partner countries on November 2020 on the sidelines of the 37th ASEAN Summit chaired by Vietnam.

At the 8th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting__Photo: VNA

It will come into effect 60 days after it is ratified by at least six ASEAN members and three other signatory countries.

As of November 2, six ASEAN nations, including Vietnam, and four signatories - China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - had submitted documents ratifying the agreement to the ASEAN Secretary-General.

The RCEP agreement taking effect from January next year is expected to multilateralize free trade agreements that ASEAN signed with partner countries, harmonize commitments and regulations in the trade pacts, maximize economic interests, particularly origin principle and trade facilitation, and strengthen regional supply chains and economic recovery in the post-pandemic period.

The agreement, gathering the 10 ASEAN member nations and Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea, will cover a market of 2.2 billion people, accounting for about 30 percent of the world’s population, and a total GDP of USD 26.2 trillion.- (VNA/VLLF)

 

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