The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a recently
established Free Trade Agreement between Asia-Pacific countries with the goal of
increasing trade between participating countries. A total of twenty Chapters, seventeen
Annexes, and fifty-four schedules of obligations are included in the agreement between
its partners, with legal features correlating to the explorations of its interactions with
member countries. RCEP established an integrated market with 15 member countries,
which has facilitated the mobility of products and services among them. It aims to
negotiate on trade in products and services, investment, intellectual property, dispute
settlement, e-commerce, small and medium-sized firms, and economic cooperation.
Currently, it is the world's largest free trade agreement in terms of economic impact,
and it has the potential to promote trade and integration among member countries. The
objectives of this chapter are to evaluate the opportunities and challenges RCEP faces.
We focus primarily on secondary data gathered from scholarly journals and formal
reports. RCEP has the potential to expand economic growth among the participating
countries. However, one of the challenges that needs to be considered is that some
countries may be in a less advantageous position, as the agreements made might affect
their internal economic development. We argue that despite the numerous advantages
of the Partnership, all members must be able to address the four major issues identified
in this chapter if they were to benefit fully from the RCEP.