What is the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and why should we be concerned?

Robin Lee November 2017 With negotiations having concluded in early September, the ASEAN-Hong Kong- Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) was formally signed at the 31st ASEAN Summit held in the Philippines earlier this month. A related invested agreement, the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement (AHKIA) was also signed at the same time as the AHKFTA. With negotiations between Hong Kong and ASEAN having lasted three years before they were concluded in July, the agreements cover trade in goods and services, investment, economic and technical co-operation and dispute settlement mechanisms. The aim is for both agreements to come into force by the 1st … Continue reading What is the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and why should we be concerned?