South Asia & ASEAN

Will commission break limbo on Myanmar and Cambodia rice safeguards?
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Will commission break limbo on Myanmar and Cambodia rice safeguards?

EU governments are split in the face of proposals by the European Commission to reapply import protections on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar following an import surge from these countries.  The two Asian countries, which qualify as least-developed countries, benefit from duty-free imports of rice under the EU’s General System …

Singapore IPA: Commission tells MEPs cancelling existing bilateral BITs is first priority
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Singapore IPA: Commission tells MEPs cancelling existing bilateral BITs is first priority

MEPs are preparing the ground to ratify the EU-Singapore free trade and investment protection agreements in the hope this can be done early next year. “We have kept waiting our Singaporean friends for quite some time,” David Martin, rapporteur on ASEAN trade, said during today’s trade committee meeting. The original …

Blog: Malmström on human rights, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam
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Blog: Malmström on human rights, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam

The EU recently initiated steps to remove trade preferences reserved for the world’s poorest countries  that were granted to Cambodia and Myanmar. One wonders: is this the right policy course? The policy would lead to the potential laying off of thousands of workers in apparel factories. These have been sprouting …