Trends in FTAs for Malaysia and the ASEAN Region

Course description


This course is entitled “Emerging trends in FTAs” and is a two-module course. The first module provides an overview of free trade agreements. It sets out why they are becoming an increasingly important part of any country’s trade policy toolbox and how they may influence Malaysia’s future policymaking. 

Module 2, for its part, covers the latest developments in FTAs and FTA negotiations. It describes how the latest generation of FTAs that has emerged in recent years is influencing the way in which traditional “core” World Trade Organization (WTO) trade topics are treated, the coverage of additional trade topics, such as investment, not included in the original WTO Treaty, and the inclusion of broader cooperation topics within free trade agreements. 

This course also addresses the relationship between trade and broader policy themes, such as the environment, competition policy and digitization of the economy, consider some of the issues that new free trade negotiations might raise for Malaysia, and identify emerging ideas which might be reflected in future free trade agreements.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Have a better understanding of trade policy regimes and international best practices as they pertain to FTAs;
Identify emerging issues in FTAs that might be beneficial and relevant to Malaysia’s economy and major industries; and
Evaluate how new trends impact and can be used to strengthen Malaysia’s trade policy formulation.


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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.


Module 1
An introduction to FTAs
Module 2
The new generation of FTAs
Certificate of Achievement
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
16, September 2024
Time required
4 hours in 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Open for enrolment
Tutor Information

Devika Rajeev