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Jakarta Post

ASEAN to sign COVID-19 recovery framework, RCEP

  • Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Sun, November 8 2020   /  01:00 am
The Trade Ministry’s director general in charge of international trade negotiations, Iman Pambagyo, addresses Chilean delegations in negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Jakarta on Aug. 22.(Courtesy of Trade Ministry/File)

ASEAN states are expected to sign a landmark multilateral trade deal together with their regional partners at the upcoming ASEAN Summit next week, where their leaders are to also launch various COVID-19-related initiatives, including a comprehensive recovery framework and regional travel corridor arrangement, officials have said. Preparations for the upcoming summit were underway as ASEAN chair Vietnam looked to host the event again via video conference from Nov. 12 to 13 amid the pandemic, said Vu Ho, director for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s ASEAN department. Having served most of its time leading the regional bloc through online meetings this year, the official said that the pandemic had greatly affected how ASEAN’s thousands of annual meetings were conducted. “For the last year, we [have been] trying our best collectively on all fronts; on the one hand...