MEDIA RELEASES

AANZFTA Parties tackle investor-state dispute prevention and resolution

Philippines, 28 November 2018 – The Philippine Board of Investment, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat, under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Economic Cooperation Support Program (AECSP) held a two-day regional forum in Manila on “Investment Disputes, Resolution and Prevention.” The forum aimed to support AANZFTA Parties on effectively managing commitments, improving investor…

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AQRF Committee commences formal review of the draft AQRF Referencing Reports

Brunei Darussalam, 27 November 2018 – The ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee started its formal review of the first draft AQRF Referencing Reports submitted by Philippines and Thailand during its fifth meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan.The AQRF is a common regional reference framework that enables the comparison of education qualifications across AMS, to address…

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ARDN enhances AMS’ capacity in fruit fly identification

Indonesia, 30 October 2018 – Representatives from ASEAN Member States (AMS) took a step forward in increasing their understanding of fruit fly identification during a four-day diagnostic workshop at the Applied Research Institute for Agricultural Quarantine in Bekasi, Indonesia. The workshop was attended by technical specialists from agricultural quarantine and plant protection agencies and focused…

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AANZFTA prepares for the negotiation of a pilot full cumulation program

November 2018 – This month marked the commencement of a series of workshops on full cumulation for ASEAN Member States under the ASEAN-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Area, progressing the goal of economic integration among members of the FTA. The first set of two-day workshops were held in Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Lao PDR.The aim…

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ASEAN Member States explore investigating abuse of dominance in Viet Nam competition workshop

Hanoi, Viet Nam – Officials from ASEAN competition agencies and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shared experiences and strategies in investigating suspected abuse of dominance matters from 6 – 8 November 2018.A business is considered dominant when it can operate unconstrained by the conduct of competitors. Competition law does not prohibit businesses from…

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Construction and competition law officials meet to strengthen competition enforcement

Brunei Darussalam, 31 October, 2018 – Competition law officials and construction regulators from ASEAN Member States (AMS) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) strengthened their professional networks through the Construction and Competition Regulation Workshop in Brunei Darussalam on 30-31 October 2018.The workshop, which aimed to strengthen the interface between competition and construction regulators,…

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For Judges, by Judges – Competition Primers launched at OECD Workshop

Indonesia, 10 October 2018 – A series of competition primers to support members of the judiciary in ASEAN Member States (AMS) were launched at the 8th Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/Korea Policy Centre Competition Seminar.The primers provide practical guidance focusing on challenges and issues judges may face when evaluating evidence in a competition…

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ASEAN competition agency leaders gather in Sydney

Sydney, Australia – Competition enforcement agency leaders gathered in Sydney, Australia for the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Heads of Agency Roundtable on 28 August 2018. The Roundtable serves as a platform to deliberate competition issues that are important for both emerging and experienced competition agencies, such as the importance of engagement…

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ASEAN Member States master competition investigations in Thailand workshop

Bangkok, Thailand – Investigators and team leaders from ASEAN competition agencies and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) exchanged experiences and strategies for conducting effective enforcement investigations at Module 3: Investigations Masterclass Workshop on 14-16 August 2018. The workshop focused on leading investigations teams, understanding and engaging with the external factors that can influence…

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Competition officials from Indonesia and Viet Nam hone their investigation skills

Jakarta, Indonesia – Competition enforcement investigators from the Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha (KPPU) and the Viet Nam Competition and Consumer Authority (VCCA) attended a workshop on evidence and interviewing skills on 31 July – 2 August in Jakarta, Indonesia.The workshop focused on peer-to-peer learning between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), New Zealand Commerce…

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