Rcep Agreement Draft
The cost of the RCEP`s economic opportunity for the United States The United States initially led negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The other countries in the agreement were Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The TPP would have been the largest trade agreement of all time, covering 40% of the world economy.  The TPP has followed the traditional logic of any trade agreement: members should maximize economic activity in the sectors where they are most effective. Members would have benefited from improved access to U.S. markets, while the U.S. would have benefited from cheaper products. Before the agreement could be reached, the United States withdrew its signature in 2017 and the TPP never entered into force. Instead, the other countries that were to sign the TPP pursued the comprehensive and progressive agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) without the United States. The RCEP does not contain environmental provisions and does not rely on existing IP agreements.
The Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement is negotiated in secret, without the need for public health actors to do so. A draft negotiating text that was leaked revealed some proposed provisions that could undermine access to generic drugs that eroded prices and, therefore, life-saving treatment for millions of people in developing countries. The United States faces considerable opportunity costs when it enters into such a trade agreement: if it had signed a similar free trade agreement, the United States would have earned about $131 billion in real income per year (real income being the collective income of citizens in an inflation-adjusted country).  The RCEP is also a missed opportunity for the United States to increase its influence in one of the world`s fastest growing economic regions. As of now, RCEP`s economies have similar comparative advantages and, therefore, similar roles in the global economy. Without U.S. market diversification in the agreement, these economies will have to balance competition. But North and South-East Asia are dynamic and gaining more and more influence in world trade as their economies grow and grow. As these countries are already growing in size and influence, the RCEP`s influence on world trade will only increase at the expense of U.S. influence. The provisions of the RCEP RCEP contain the usual provisions of trade agreements.
It will reduce rates among participating members at least 92 per cent.  It will simplify and standardize customs procedures between participating countries.