Vietnam’s proposed free trade agreement with the EU and the Trans-Pacific Partnership may be designed to encourage trade, but the country’s workforce could also reap benefits from the recent raft of diplomacy. BY ATE HOEKSTRA.
Thailand’s higher wages have long attracted low-skilled workers from neighbouring less developed countries. Often illegal, these immigrants are placed in a vulnerable position. The advent of the AEC presents an opportunity to secure these workers better conditions and wages, but will it be taken? By Ate Hoekstra