Intellectual property protection provisions (Chapter 8 and Appendix XVIII) include trademarks, copyrights, patents and geographical indications, and include provisions for respect for intellectual property rights and cooperation between the parties. These provisions are based on the WTO agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) and provide for a high level of protection, taking into account the principles of the most favoured nation and national treatment. For eFTA-Philippines trade statistics see EFTA trade statistics tool The EU works closely with ASEAN as a whole. Cooperation will be maintained through the EU-ASEAN dialogue, which includes discussions on trade and investment issues between ministers and senior economic officials. The Philippines has been a member of the WTO since 1995 and enjoys enhanced trade preferences with the EU under the EU Plus Generalised Preference System (GSP). The Trade and Investment Agreement will develop a key aspect of EU relations with the Philippines, based on the EU-Philippines framework agreement that came into force in March 2018. Philippines – Japan Economic Partnership Agreement The Philippines and Japan concluded a free trade agreement in 2008. The VPA is the Philippines` only bilateral free trade agreement covering, among other things, trade in goods, trade in services, investment, personal transport, intellectual property, customs procedures, improving the business environment and public procurement. Further information on the EU-Philippines trade and investment negotiations, including EU-proposed texts and round-based reports of eu-eu trade and investment agreement negotiations, were launched on 22 December 2015. The aim is to conclude an agreement covering a wide range of issues, including tariffs, non-tariff barriers, trade in services and investment, as well as the trade aspects of public procurement, intellectual property, competition and sustainable development.