International Experience in Establishing Free-Trade Zones

Nadezhda Volovik – Head of Foreign Trade Department, Center for Real Sector of the Gaidar Institute. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The crisis phenomena existing in the global economy have given a strong impetus to the acceleration of integration processes, which has manifested itself most noticeably in the countries of eastern and south-eastern Asia. The paper under consideration offers a brief overview of the current agreements on the establishment of free-trade zones between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its external partners (ASEAN+1). Bearing in mind Russia’s interest in the promotion and expansion of integration processes, international experience in operating free-trade zones seems very useful for research and also practical uses.

Key words: free-trade zone, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Eurasian Economic Union.