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FMM Hopes Govt Continues to Engage Non-FTA Countries in TPPA

FMM in the News: The Star, January 26, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) hopes the Government would continue to engage countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that Malaysia was supposed to have a free trade agreements (FTAs) under the pact.

In a statement on Wednesday, FMM said the move was to strengthen trade ties through bilateral trade agreements if the TPPA failed to materialise.

FMM said the TPPA was expected to open up another 10% of Malaysia’s duty-free trade with new non-FTA markets, namely the US, Canada, Mexico and Peru.

“We also look forward with great anticipation to the successful conclusion of other important FTAs, especially the Regional Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (RCEP), which is currently being negotiated. 
 “We note that the RCEP negotiations have made significant progress and are very hopeful for a swift and successful conclusion of the RCEP by year-end,” it said. 

As of now, FMM said, Malaysia has concluded seven bilateral FTAs (Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand, India, Chile, Australia and Turkey) and five regionalFTAs through Asean (Asean with China, South Korea, Japan, India and Australia-New Zealand). 

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