Opinion

23/11/2020

Statement by Dr Craig Emerson, Director of Australian APEC Study Centre, RMIT

By Dr Craig Emerson

Encouragingly strong Leaders’ support for APEC and free trade - the highlights of the 2020 APEC Leaders' Declaration and the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040.

22/09/2020

UK knocks on APEC’s door

By Kristen Bondietti

The region to trade in - why the UK is actively seeking closer trade ties with the Asia Pacific.

06/04/2020

APEC in a post-pandemic world

By Dr Craig Emerson

A pandemic worse than the world has experienced in more than a century will change almost everything. 

19/03/2020

The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement – A big deal for digital trade

By Kristen Bondietti

The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) was concluded among three APEC economies – New Zealand, Singapore and Chile - in January of this year. It was easily missed in the turbulence of the current trade environment. It should not be.

19/12/2019

Where is APEC heading?

By Dr Craig Emerson

Following the unfortunate but understandable cancellation of the APEC leaders’ meeting in Santiago, work has begun on carrying over the best ideas for Chile’s host year of 2019 into Malaysia’s hosting of APEC 2020.

11/11/2019

Towards a free trade area of the Asia Pacific

By Dr Craig Emerson

The agreement in early November of 15 nations to a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can be a big step towards achieving the APEC dream of a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).

17/10/2019

Will RCEP be worth the wait?

By Kristen Bondietti

Will the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) be concluded this year? It’s about time RCEP was wrapped up – negotiations have been running for seven years now. But just what will be concluded? What will RCEP be?