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Oral reply to PQ on CPTPP

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Question 

Mr Ang Wei Neng: To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) what are the estimated benefits of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) for the first three years when it is implemented; (b) which industries will benefit most from CPTPP; and (c) how will the Ministry educate and promote the benefits of CPTPP to the local companies.


Oral reply by Minister for Trade & Industry Mr Chan Chun Sing 

1.         The ratification and pending entry into force of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a strong affirmation of the Parties’ commitment to free and open trade and a rules-based trading system. The benefits include greater business and investment opportunities. It will also enhance market access opportunities for Singapore businesses in CPTPP markets, especially Mexico and Canada with which Singapore does not currently have bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). 

2.         For the 11 CPTPP countries as a whole, accounting for approximately 13.5% of the global economy and a market of 500 million people with a combined GDP of US$10 trillion, the Agreement is expected to generate an additional S$147 billion in global income. For Singapore, total exports and GDP are each expected to increase by 0.2% by 2035 arising from the CPTPP.  

3.         Many industries and sectors will be able to benefit from the CPTPP. First, Singapore-based goods producers will benefit from preferential tariffs when exporting to a CPTPP market. Processed food, textile, and apparel manufacturers, in particular, will benefit from preferential tariffs under the CPTPP, which will be easier to qualify for under CPTPP rules, to markets such as Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Second, services providers will benefit from preferential access in a wide range of sectors. Examples include transport and distribution services in Australia, energy and telecommunications in Mexico, and professional services in Canada. Third, investors will benefit from the removal of foreign equity restrictions that would otherwise apply in certain CPTPP markets – such as the private healthcare, telecommunications, courier, energy and environmental services sectors in Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. Fourth, enterprises will be able to bid for government procurement projects in Malaysia, Mexico and Vietnam, which were previously closed to foreign bidders. Beyond specific business opportunities, the value of the CPTPP is in establishing a common set of enforceable rules that govern trade and investment in the 21st century. These include rules in the areas of e-commerce, innovative industries, and provisions to help small and medium-sized enterprises.

4.         The Ministry of Trade and Industry is working with our agencies, and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and other trade associations and chambers, to conduct outreach sessions to our companies on how to benefit from the CPTPP. Our economic agencies including Enterprise Singapore (ESG), the Economic Development Board (EDB) are also at hand to facilitate companies’ plans to access or establish supply chains in the CPTPP markets.


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DATE PUBLISHED 07 Aug 2018
LAST UPDATED 07 Aug 2018
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