• A research paper by an UNCTAD staff on the implications of Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on Malaysia using domestic value-added (DVA) exports analysis contends that Malaysia will experience a deterioration in its balance of trade with TPPA partner countries.
• However, other studies on TPPA making use of computable general equilibrium (CGE) models have shown that while there will be losers post-TPPA, Malaysia has always been cited as one of those standing to gain.
• It is worth noting that the study used dated dataset which may have distorted the findings. The study could have been expanded to include an obverse scenario of the repercussions if Malaysia chose not to sign the TPPA, which in our opinion would lead to a bigger net loss to the nation.
• We would balance the DVA study by highlighting the positive impact of the TPPA on...