The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal is nearing its conclusion and will be the key outcome of the upcoming 37th ASEAN Summit on November 15, 2020. It is the longest negotiated and largest yet mega-trade deal that will cover the two-thirds of the worlds labor population.

RCEP is a threat to the livelihood and well-being of the marginalized sectors. It will only serve for the benefit of the corporate rule at the expense of the people. The conclusion of this mega-trade deal will only fuel the desperation of powerful nations in pursuing FTAs not only in the region but also in the global sphere. RCEP just like other FTAs that allowed liberalization in the region will exacerbate repression. State-backed repression hinders organizing activities of farmers and workers who are part of the global supply chain of agro-industrial, manufacturing and service giants.

Asia Pacific Research Network together with the People Over Profit Network and various people’s organizations and civil society groups have designated November 14, 2020 Saturday, as the Global Day of Action against RCEP in line with the commemoration of the International Day Against Worker’s Repression.

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