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S. Korea and Malaysia to resume free trade talks

S. Korea and Malaysia to resume free trade talks

26 Mar 2024

South Korea’s Trade Ministry said Tuesday (March 26) it has agreed with Malaysia to resume bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) talks that have been stalled since 2019.

Trade Minister Cheong In-kyo (pic) and his Malaysian counterpart, Tengku Zafrul Aziz, made the announcement during their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, reported Yonhap news agency.

The two countries agreed to seek a bilateral FTA in 2019 but related negotiations have been stalled after holding three rounds of talks that year.

South Korea and Malaysia also agreed to expand the scope of the envisioned FTA to cover new areas, such as service, investment, digital and biotechnology, the ministry added.

Malaysia is the third-largest trade partner for South Korea in South-East Asia.

South Korea already has an FTA with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), but the country is seeking to broaden economic ties with individual members through separate free trade deals.

“As the two countries hold a mutually beneficial trade portfolio, the FTA will significantly strengthen South Korea’s ground for trade and investment in the Asean bloc,” the ministry said in a statement.

Source: The Star