Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement

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Asia–Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)a
SecretariatUNESCAP Trade and Investment Division
Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
Official languagesEnglish
Membership
Establishment
 - as the Bangkok Agreement31 July 1975 
 - Renamed2 November 2005 
Website
http://www.unescap.org/tid/apta.asp
a.APTA
 
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Asia–Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)a
SecretariatUNESCAP Trade and Investment Division
Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
Official languagesEnglish
Membership
Establishment
 - as the Bangkok Agreement31 July 1975 
 - Renamed2 November 2005 
Website
http://www.unescap.org/tid/apta.asp
a.APTA

The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), previously known as the Bangkok Agreement[1] and renamed 2 November 2005,[2] was signed in 1975. It is the oldest preferential trade agreement between developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Its aim is to promote economic development and cooperation through the adoption of mutually beneficial trade liberalization measures. APTA is open to all developing members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, which serves as the APTA Secretariat. Members of APTA are currently participating in the Fourth Round of Tariff Concessions, which are expected to conclude in October 2009.[3]

Member nations[edit]

Negotiations[edit]

Exchange of Tariff Concessions[edit]

The Third Round, entering into force on 1 September 2006, led to tariff concessions on more than 4,000 items.

The Fourth Round, launched in October 2007, is scheduled to be concluded by the Third Ministerial Council in October 2009. This Round aims to widen the coverage of preferences to at least 50 per cent of the number of tariff lines of each member, and at least 20-25 per cent the value of bilateral trade. It also aims to provide a tariff concession of at least 50 per cent (on average).

Framework Agreement[edit]

The Fourth Round of negotiations is extending into areas beyond the traditional tariff concessions in order to deepen trade cooperation and integration. APTA members are currently negotiating three framework agreements on trade facilitation, trade in services, and investments. In addition, APTA members are exchanging information on non-tariff measures.

Institutional arrangements[edit]

See also[edit]

Other trade agreements and organizations in the Asia–Pacific region

References[edit]

  1. ^ WTO L/4668
  2. ^ WTO WT/COMTD/N/22
  3. ^ http://www.unescap.org/tid/apta/factsheet08.pdf, APTA Factsheet
  4. ^ http://www.unescap.org/tid/apta.asp, APTA Website
  5. ^ http://www.unescap.org/tid/BAfacts.pdf, APTA Facts

External links[edit]