Negotiations for the free trade agreement (FTA) between China and Panama move into a third meeting, this time in the Panamanian capital from Tuesday, October 9 to Saturday, October 13.

The sixth ministerial meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) held on August 30-31 culminated with greater anticipation to finalize the deal by November at the ASEAN Leaders Summit.

After the sixth ministerial meeting, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore stated in its press release that two additional chapters were concluded in the meeting, one on customs procedures and trade facilitation and the other on government procurement. The first two (on economic and technical cooperation and on small and medium enterprises) had already been finalized in previous meetings.