The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement will officially take effect starting January 1 next year. (Photo: vtv.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – 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.
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.
At the 8th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting. (Photo: VNA)
The RCEP agreement taking effect from January next year is
expected to multilateralise free trade agreements that ASEAN signed with partner countries, harmonise commitments and regulations in the
trade pacts, maximise 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 26.2 trillion USD./.