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The Japan-Singapore “New Age” Economic Partnership Agreement: Background, Motivation and Implications


  • Ramkishen Rajan

    () (School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia)

  • Rahul Sen

    () (National University of Singapore, Singapore)


Free Trade Pacts have become an integral part of Singapore’s new commercial trade strategy which in turn is the cornerstone of the city-state’s larger international economic policy. Such trade pacts appear to be increasingly regarded by policymakers as effective and expeditious instruments for achieving trade liberalization among “like minded” trading partners. Of particular relevance is the Japan-Singapore pact which has recently been agreed to and is in the process of being implemented. The trade pact has been termed the Japan-Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement (JSEPA). This paper discusses the extent of the two countries’ bilateral economic linkages in terms of merchandise trade and trade in services and investments and examines available details of the JSEPA.

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  • Ramkishen Rajan & Rahul Sen, 2002. "The Japan-Singapore “New Age” Economic Partnership Agreement: Background, Motivation and Implications," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2002-08, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:adl:cieswp:2002-08

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    1. Garnaut, Ross, 1994. "Open regionalism: Its analytic basis and relevance to the international system," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 5(2), pages 273-290.
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    2. Hank Giokhay Lim & Kester TAY Yi-Xun, 2008. "Regional Integration and Inclusive Development: Lessons from ASEAN Experience," Working Papers 5908, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..

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