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Tricor Group Releases 2021 Asia Pacific Trade Report Focusing on Impact of RCEP on Singapore and COVID-19 Recovery

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When compared to other transnational free trade agreements, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), which was signed by Singapore and 14 other countries in November of 2020 and is expected to be implemented sometime in 2021, is unrivalled in its complexity and remarkably lays the framework for a pan-Asian basic standard for trade that surpasses the terms provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to Tricor Groups 2021 Asia Pacific Trade Report.

The report, released today to media outlets and prominent business leaders, applies industry data from a multitude of research and media sources to offer perspectives, insights, observations and projections compiled by senior Tricor executives on how global trade trends will impact APAC trade and investment activity in the year ahead.

In particular, Tricor Groups 2021 Asia Pacific Trade Report focuses on how the landmark implementation of the RCEP in 2021 is likely to enhance market openness and create new opportunities for global enterprises in Singapore and APAC against the challenging backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic recovery. Within the report, Tricor details the provisions of the RCEP and offers a summary of steps companies can take to prepare themselves to capitalize on the agreement and the business growth potential it offers. The report also contains a detailed guide to doing business in Singapore as well as other key RCEP markets where Tricor maintains influential market presence, including Australia, mainland China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Notably, under the provisions of the RCEP, businesses and investors in Singapore can expect enhanced trade opportunities throughout ASEAN and the APAC region at large, thanks to more goods becoming eligible for tariff reductions, heightened regulatory transparency, elevated intellectual property standards and reduced compliance costs associated with customs processes.

Ho Lon Gee, CEO & Managing Director, Tricor Singapore, said: “The RCEP is expected to greatly enhance regional cross-border trade, which is at the very heart of Singapore’s open and export-oriented economy. Once RCEP is implemented and in force, companies in Singapore will enjoy greater flexibility in their sourcing strategies, gaining access to a larger pool of suppliers throughout the RCEP zone. At Tricor Singapore, we are committed to helping global and local enterprises pivot their business plans so they can capitalize on these emerging opportunities and collaborate with regional partners to explore new markets.

Lennard Yong, Tricor Group CEO, said: The establishment of the RCEP trade bloc is indisputably a defining moment for global trade “ a pivotal development that could redirect foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in the months and years ahead. At Tricor, we are highly cognizant of gauging how this trade deal will potentially disrupt FDI and trigger new trends in international business. Tricor Groups 2021 Asia Pacific Trade Report provides a blueprint for global and local enterprises looking to leverage and capitalize on the new opportunities expected to be created by the RCEP. This expertise reinforces our leadership in the region as the ˜go-to partner for enterprises seeking to expand throughout Asia Pacific and beyond.

Wendy Wang, Tricor Group CFO & Group COO, said: Despite the unprecedented economic slowdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing trend toward protectionism around the globe, the RCEP serves as a symbol for a pan-Asian trade network and embraces the belief that enhanced market openness will lead to greater economic prosperity. Not only are the developed, powerhouse economies of China and Japan brought together by one trade agreement for the first time ever, theyre also joined by key emerging economies in ASEAN, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The RCEP nearly guarantees that intra-Asian trade, which is already cumulatively larger than Asias trade with North America and Europe combined, will continue to be the growth engine for the global economy “ pulling even greater economic gravity east toward APAC.

Gary Tok, Tricor Group CCO, said: The signing of the RCEP is much welcome news for enterprises and investors across APAC and beyond, especially against the unparalleled strains the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on global supply chains. As the leading business expansion specialist in APAC, Tricor has been helping businesses face the headwinds of an unprecedented public health crisis and prepare for more uncertainty ahead. In light of this landmark agreement, we look forward to working with global businesses to review and adapt their business models so they can benefit from the vast supply chain networks and strengthened multilateral cooperation afforded by the RCEP.

Sunshine Farzan, Tricor Group Head of Marketing & Communications, said: The headlines of 2020 were largely dominated by one universal story: COVID-19. Few anticipated the distress and ubiquitous disruption the pandemic would present to economies around the world. Tricor Groups 2021 Asia Pacific Trade Report, which draws from qualitative and quantitative data, suggests that, despite numerous roadblocks and pending uncertainties ahead, new opportunities are on the horizon for global businesses in 2021, such as the numerous benefits offered by RCEP. By highlighting these emerging prospects and prescribing possible steps to take, this report can help business leaders and investors stay ahead of the curve in todays shifting landscape.

About Tricor Singapore

One of the world’s easiest places to do business, Singapore attracts a lot of business from multinational firmsbut entering any new market comes with challenges. Owing to globalization, international tax reforms, digitalization and domestic movements, the tax environment of Singapore is constantly evolving with new amendments, requirements, exemptions, incentives, challenges and opportunities. Whether you are looking to set up shop or streamline your current operations, we can help you capitalize on the growing opportunities Singapore has to offer.

Tricor Group (Tricor) is the leading business expansion specialist in Asia, with global knowledge and local expertise in business, corporate, investor, human resources & payroll, and corporate trust & debt services. Strategically headquartered in Hong Kong, we operate out of 21 countries/territories and across a network of 47 offices. Tricor serves 50,000 clients, including over 1,500 companies listed in Hong Kong and Mainland China, ~500 companies publicly listed in Singapore and Malaysia, and over 40% of the Fortune Global 500 companies. With 2,700 employees, we deliver critical functions to help ambitious companies accelerate their growth in Asia and beyond.

Tricors advantage comes from deep industry experience, committed staff, technology-driven processes, standardized methodologies, constant attention to changes in laws and regulations and wide industry contacts. Tricor is uniquely positioned to unlock the potential of your business, and help you stay one step ahead of todays diverse and fast evolving regulatory environment.

To learn more, please visit: www.tricorglobal.com/locations/singapore

For more information:

HONG KONG SAR (GROUP OFFICE)

Sunshine Farzan

Tricor Services Limited

Group Head of Marketing & Communications

Tel: +852 2980 1261

Email: Sunshine.Farzan@hk.tricorglobal.com

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