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Building Blocks: A Sectoral Approach to Asia-Pacific Trade
Two recent comprehensive trade deals in the Indo-Pacific region, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have, and will continue to have, profound impacts on the regional trade and investment landscape. At the same time, narrower issue-specific deals have much to offer. They can be important stepping stones to future comprehensive agreements and a means to deliver relatively quick impactful outcomes. Examples of potential issue-specific deals range from digital trade, medical product supply chains, climate and trade, and anti-corruption. 

In order to better understand the increasing relevance of narrower sectoral deals in today’s global climate, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) will be convening a panel of experts to explore the following questions:

What are the pros and cons of narrower trade agreements and how can the challenges they present be overcome? 
In which substantive areas are regional sectoral trade agreements the most relevant and timely?    
Which countries might join a regional agreement in the range of prospective topics?   
What are the prospects of a limited trade negotiation serving as a building block to a larger comprehensive agreement down the road?

Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler will join John Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Sarah V. Stewart, Executive Director of the Silverado Policy Accelerator, Jake Colvin, Vice President for Global Trade Issues at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and Yuko Fukunaga, Professor of Public International Law and International Economic Law at Waseda University, for a virtual panel discussion.

Jan 26, 2021 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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