TITLE

THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC COOPERATION AGREEMENT--THE STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES

AUTHOR(S)
SEE CHAK MUN
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Singapore Year Book of International Law;2006, Vol. 10, p233
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The slow progress of World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade negotiations has led to an increase in regional trading agreements (R.T.As) for the purpose of gaining immediate market access. Economic considerations aside, R.T.As are also driven by geo-political and strategic considerations. In this context, both India and Singapore look at the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (C.E.C.A.) which was concluded on 29 June 2005 as an important step in enhancing India's engagement in Southeast Asia leading to an eventual free trade area in Asia. The C.E.C.A. also serves as a template for India in its F.T.A. negotiations with other countries. Given the constraints of coalition politics, there is the challenge of including in any F.T.A. the rather weak and protected Indian farm sector whose large rural vote can only be disregarded by the government at its own peril.
ACCESSION #
51916164

 

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