Policymakers are taking bolder steps to bolster their economies as escalating US-China trade tensions threaten to worsen global growth and currency battles roil financial markets.
Purchasing manager indexes for Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan remain below 50, signalling deeper contractions in factory output.
The rise of the marketplace model is cited as a major factor in the continuous growth of digital commerce.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who is attending a Singapore summit to rally support for the deal, said he hoped RCEP would be signed and implemented next year.
The US, China, Japan and India are among those expected to join leaders from the 10-member Asean.
The Asia-Pacific region has the world's highest rate of urbanisation, while also being home to more than half the world's 821 million undernourished people.
A huge 87% of urban Chinese females aged 20-49 said that using beauty services was a way of relaxing.
HSBC Malaysia says 55% personal spending in Asia-Pacific is still transacted in cash.
Many emerging market currencies were also frail after Argentina's peso sank on Thursday despite the central bank's interest rate hike.
SoftBank's giant Vision Fund will own 51% of the venture that aims to sell the Chinese firm's technology to financial and healthcare firms in Asia-Pacific.
US and Chinese officials ended two days of talks on Thursday with no major breakthrough while their trade war escalated with another US$16 billion in tariffs effected.
The landmark deal was signed by the 11 countries including Japan, Canada and Mexico after Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) three days after taking office last year.
Among Asia-Pacific countries, Singaporean travelers are the most likely to book a long-haul trip to cities like Paris and London, while an aging population is contributing to a decline in overseas travel among Japanese travelers.
Ministers from Japan, Australia and Malaysia had welcomed President Donald Trump directing officials to explore returning to the TPP, but they also cautioned against making any significant changes.
Malaysia is one of the most overweight countries in Southeast Asia, along with Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.4%, with tech-heavy Korean shares falling 1.0%. Japan's Nikkei fell 2.1%.
BHGE wants to work with smaller companies looking to develop smaller fields and stranded resources in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Myanmar.
The 11 nations to go on with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, minus the US which withdrew shortly after President Donald Trump took office.
Australia has called upon the United States to boost its standing in Asia so as to counter the influence of China.
UN report lists new HIV infections affecting sex workers and their customers, gay men, people using drugs by injections and transgenders among others.
Messaging apps most utilised with over half agreeing that they text more than talk on their mobile devices.
One in five say the worst part of their day is their commute in new Ford survey.