The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement

Promoting South-South Regional Integration and Sustainable Development

image of The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement

International trade has been placed prominently into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015, as an engine for economic growth and development. There are at least 20 targets across different SDGs that are related to international trade. These targets relate to both multilateral and regional frameworks of trade rules and trade as economic activity. These are also closely linked with capacity of trade to be a driver of transformative changes which are of critical importance for developing and least developed countries. The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) is one of the oldest preferential trade agreements (PTA) in the region (signed in 1975 as the Bangkok Agreement) and is open for membership to all the developing countries in the ESCAP region. This book analyses how APTA can promote South-South trade and investment as well as help in meeting SDGs. This book will be useful for the policy makers as well as researchers in understanding how RTAs can be used as a tool for development.




There have been significant developments in the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), the oldest preferential trade agreement (PTA) among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, over the last fifteen years, including the landmark accession of China back in November 2001, the change of the name from the Bangkok Agreement to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement in 2005, the creation of the APTA Ministerial Council, the signing and ratification of the APTA Framework Agreements on Trade Facilitation, Trade in Services, and Investment and the conclusion of the Fourth Round of tariff concession negotiations.


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error