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Singapore's Perspectives on the Proliferation of RTAs in East Asia and Beyond

  • Mun Heng Toh
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    In this article the viewpoints and adopted strategies of Singapore in managing its trading relationship with other countries in the world is discussed. Trade being the lifeline and basis for its economic survival, Singapore has been very active in the negotiation and establishment of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with countries, practically in every continent. Singapore's activism in bilateral FTAs is a reinforcement of its development strategy of expanding and ensuring market access for local and foreign investors. This is also in alignment with Singapore's pro- business strategy philosophy and the objective of ensuring economic viability. Also Singapore's trade accords go beyond trade liberalization and include “behind the border” impediments to trade; this is reckoned to keep the momentum of trade talk going and to hasten the process of liberalization by inducing other countries to liberalize.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Global Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 259-284

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