Using CPTPP as Non-Member

05-28-2019 10:00 AM - 05-28-2019 12:00 PM

With the CPTPP entry into force, member countries like Vietnam have reported positive export growth as more firms are taking advantage of the deal. While a few CPTPP signatories are still examining the costs and benefits of ratifying CPTPP (like Malaysia), other countries have already lined up their application to be a part of the deal (Colombia, Thailand). Although this shows positive signs that more countries have recognized the importance of CPTPP, it will take a considerable amount of time until CPTPP happens outside the 11 signatories. This is even more challenging for countries whose standards are way behind CPTPP’s standards or for countries that are not domestically prepared to have more liberal trade policies.

So the key questions are:

  • What can firms do if they are non-member? and
  • How can non-member firms navigate CPTPP?

The Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) will be hosting a CPTPP briefing on 28 May to address these two above questions. This briefing will be the first inter-chamber event between the ABTA and British Chamber of Commerce, European Chamber of Commerce and Latin American Chamber of Commerce! The event will bring
together members of these four trade groups to talk about how to use CPTPP as non-member. The briefing will be led by two of the most prestigious CPTPP experts in Singapore, Dr. Deborah Elms and Mr. Steve Okun. To register for this briefing, please fill up this form or email us at We look forward to seeing you on 28 May.


  • 09.45AM-10.00AM: Registration
  • 10.00AM-10.15AM: Welcoming speech, Mr. Steve Okun, President of the Asia Business Trade Association
  • 10.15AM-11.30AM: Using CPTPP as Non-Member, Dr. Deborah Elms, Vice-chair of the Asia Business Trade Association
  • 11.30AM-12.00PM: Q&A


Steve Okun, President of the Asia Business Trade Association
Dr. Deborah Elms, Vice-chair of the Asia Business Trade Association