Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA – The importance of respecting the rights of the weakest within the framework of the trade agreement in East Asia, a driving force for development
Hanoi – The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership , the newborn economic cooperation agreement between 15 Asian nations representing globally about a third of the GDP and the world population raises hopes and concerns among civil society in the various countries of Asia. In the intentions of its creators, the pact will become a driving force for development in East Asia. But the official birth of the agreement – with the signing during a virtual conference on November 15 in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi – has also aroused concern, especially among civil society organizations because of the effects the agreement could have on the most fragile and weakest segments of the population such as farmers or craftsmen.