RCEP deal well received; India's absence disappoints

By Rebecca Howard | Tue, 05 Nov 2019


News that 15 of 16 nations managed to agree to the 20-chapter Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade deal has been well received although India’s absence is disappointing.“It is regrettable negotiating partners were unable to conclude an acceptable market access outcome with India at this time,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement. “However, New Zealand respects India’s right to take its own decisions on the agreement. We will continue to work closely with India to seek to agree a market access outcome that is comm...