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The Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement or JPEPA is by far the most comprehensive bilateral economic agreement that the country has entered into since the RP-US Parity Agreement of 1946. It combines a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and a bilateral free trade agreement (BFTA) on goods (manufacturing, agriculture and fisheries) and services. It also has provisions on intellectual property rights, movement of natural persons, mutual recognition and bilateral cooperation. Further, it covers the so-called Singapore issues: trade facilitation, government procurement and competition policy.

As the country’s first comprehensive bilateral in the new millennium, JPEPA is seen as a template for other BFTAs and BITs which are now placed on the Philippine trade negotiating table. But is it a good template? Is it a sound compass to national development? Will it redound to the nation’s best interests?

We, at the Fair Trade Alliance (FairTrade), are not convinced that the JPEPA is a good template for a productive, balanced and win-win trade and economic partnership between two countries. A closer scrutiny of the 1,000-page partnership text shows that there are imbalances which need to be corrected.

Download FairTrade materials on JPEPA here:
FairTrade position on JPEPA: Para saan? Para kanino?
FairTrade research on the fisheries aspect on JPEPA


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