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Using CPTPP as a Non-Member Firm


With the entry into force of the CPTPP, member countries like Vietnam have reported positive export growth as more firms are taking advantage of the deal. While a few CPTPP signatories are still examining the costs and benefits of ratifying CPTPP (like Malaysia), other countries have already lined up their application to be a part of the deal (Colombia, Thailand). Although this shows positive signs that more countries have recognized the importance of CPTPP, it will take a considerable amount of time until the CPTPP extends beyond the 11 signatories.

So the key questions are:
• What can firms do if they are from a non-member? and
• How can non-member firms navigate CPTPP?

The Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) will be hosting a CPTPP session in Singapore on 28 May to address these two questions. This will be the first inter-chamber event between the ABTA and various chambers including the British Chamber of Commerce, European Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Europe-ASEAN Business Council, US-ASEAN Business Council and the UK-ASEAN Business Council. The event will bring together members of these four trade groups and non-members to talk about how to leverage the use of the CPTPP as a non-member state.

The briefing will be led by Dr. Deborah Elms, Vice-Chair of the ABTA and one of the foremost experts on trade globally.

To register, please email minhhue@asiantradecentre.org.


09.45AM-10.00AM: Registration
10.00AM-10.15AM: Welcoming speech, Mr. Steve Okun, President of the Asia Business Trade Association
10.15AM-11.30AM: Using CPTPP as Non-Member, Dr. Deborah Elms, Vice-chair of the Asia Business Trade Association
11.30AM-12.00PM: Q&A

About the Speaker:

Dr. Deborah Elms
Vice-Chair, Asia Business Trade Association

Dr. Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA), Co-Chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), and also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy.

Previously, Dr. Elms was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University. Dr. Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

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