On July 15, the Spain Asean Business Association (ASEMPEA) held its last Webinar of the early season on “EU Trade Policy and Free Trade Agreements in Southeast Asia”. On this occasion the Webinar was presented and moderated by Mr. Antonio Viñal, Secretary-General of Asempea and Director of Avco Legal, and counted on Mr. Jochen Müeller, Deputy Director of the EU Mission in Madrid, as speaker.
Mr. Müeller made a complete and exhaustive analysis of the Free Trade Agreements with Singapore -that entered into force last November 21, 2019- and Vietnam -that will enter into force next August 1-. Through these Treatises, important tariff barriers will gradually be eliminated, thus making these countries more attractive for European and Spanish companies alike.
In addition to tariff barriers, Mr. Müeller examined non-tariff barriers, industrial property rights, access to service sector, public tenders and dispute settlement systems. He concluded by saying that the next Treaty of the so-called New Generation Agreements is being negotiated with Indonesia.
Through the following link it is possible to get access to the Webinar’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsStqb9RleE
This Webinar closed a first cycle of events that started with the interventions of the Ambassadors of Spain to the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia and the Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain. Next September Asempea will resume its activities in order to give a more concrete vision of the Asean countries and in particular the business opportunities they offer to Spanish companies.
Today, January 7, 2020, in our Association’s headquarters, took place a Talk-Colloquium about “CULTURE AND PROTOCOL IN THE WAY OF DOING BUSINESS IN THE ASEAN”, with the participation of Mr. Carlos Gastón, representative of BBVA in South-East Asia for more than twenty years.
The Talk focused on the Asean countries’ specific features that all companies should take into account when doing business in these countries, as well as on the business opportunities the latter offer to Spanish companies throughout this year.
Today, December 12, in our Association’s headquarters, we held a business meeting on “INCOTERMS 2020”, given by Mr. Cesar Jiménez, of Kerry Logistics.
The presentation focused on the different types of Incoterms, the main differences between the Incoterms 2010 and the new Incoterms 2020 and, finally, on how importers, exporters, logistic companies and custom companies will be affected by the latter.
On Thursday 21, November the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore will entry into force.
Caixabank has just published the Third Edition of its Index for Business Internationalization (ICIE 2019), an Index in which this Spanish bank examines 67 countries from the perspective of five keys that in its opinion are essentials for any internationalization process, such as: accessibility, commercial attraction, financial environment and stability. Yet in this latter case, it does not point out whether this stability is either political or legal, and does not mention security, as important as stability.
According to the results of this search, if we take into consideration first the different regions, we see that Southeast Asia is fourth in the rankings, after Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central and Western Asia and the Americas; and if we take into account afterwards the different countries, we observe that Singapore is ranked 35, Thailand 48, Malaysia 49, Indonesia 51 and Vietnam 52, between France, the United Kingdom and the United States in the first three places, and Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Sri Lanka in the last three.
It is noteworthy that the Philippines does not appear in this list, despite the important ties that this country and Spain maintain on a regular basis; and that the places of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam are, if not at the bottom of the list, at the lower part of it. There is obviously room for these countries to improve their current ranking and at least reach India, which is in the middle of the list, given the potential of their economy, their present levels of growth and the progressive interest of Spanish companies for them.
Last week, a Delegation from the Board of Directors of ASEMPEA held meetings with the Thai Business Manager and the Ambassador of Vietnam in Spain to present the Association and show its willingness to collaborate with all the ASEAN Embassies in order to help increase relations between Spain and these countries”
A meeting was held on 26 February with the Thai Business Attaché, Ms. Natenapa Kongsri, who was accompanied(a) by Mrs. Prapasri Chetsonkcul, Counsellor; and D.. Thamrong Tiammek, Agredado of Defense and Naval.
In the course of the meeting, it was agreed to hold meetings between the partners of ASEMPEA and Thai companies to promote business between the two countries, as well as the joint promotion of events carried out by both institutions.
And on 28 February, another meeting was held, this time with the Ambassador of Vietnam, in which the Trade Adviser, Mr. Nguyen Duc Thuong, was also present.
After a wide exchange of impressions, it was agreed to strengthen contacts between ASEMPEA partners and the Embassy, analyze business opportunities between the two countries and organize a calendar of visits and direct and reverse missions