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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) for the Asia–Pacific region and world

Mohamad Zreik (Independent Researcher, Zahle, Lebanon)

Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences

ISSN: 1026-4116

Article publication date: 23 December 2022




The regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) is promising as per the claims and can be revolutionary for the Asia–Pacific Region. The member countries will get a boost in the post-pandemic world due to the RCEP. According to Brookings, the RCEP is going to be an agreement reshaping the global economics. This study aims to clarify the aspects related to the RCEP and how it can boost global economics.


The study employs qualitative descriptive analysis to address the status of RCEP in the region and the consequences of such main transnational partnership. The study is based on economic reports, official documents and data directly related to the subject of the study.


Findings show that the RCEP will be a significant driver of regional trade despite its faults. The RCEP's tariff benefits and rules of origin, notwithstanding their relatively restricted scope, will encourage enterprises to source products and services from RCEP members, and in combination, RCEP and Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are anticipated to replace at least some competing US commodities, services and farm exports. For items that integrate parts and components from inside the area, such as from China, the RCEP is projected to reduce tax and trade facilitation costs, allowing enterprises to avoid US Section 301 tariffs.


By examining how the RCEP operates within the framework of domestic and international trade, this study contributes to a deeper understanding of RCEP and analyses its nature based on data and official reports.



Zreik, M. (2022), "The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) for the Asia–Pacific region and world", Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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