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Competition Officials Meet to Discuss Effective Remedies

Viet Nam, 11-13 June 2019 – Officials from the Viet Nam Competition and Consumer Protection Authority (VCCA) and Thailands Office of Trade Competition Commission (OTCC), together with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) met to discuss approaches to identifying, negotiating and enforcing remedies for competition law infringements. This three-day workshop, participated by experienced investigators,…

Two Pioneering Referencing Reports Completed for Comparison of Education Qualification under AQRF

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 23 May 2019 – The ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee completed its review and endorsed the referencing reports submitted by Malaysia and the Philippines at its Sixth AQRF Meeting held on 21-23 May 2019 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. The referencing reports from Malaysia and the Philippines are the first…

Raising ASEAN’s Awareness on the Concept of Declaration of Origin under AANZFTA

May 2019 – A series of capacity building workshops on Declaration of Origin (DoO) was organised for ASEAN Member States (AMS) in February, March and April of 2019, to assist AMS to consider a pilot programme on DoO under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA). Benefiting more than 650 representatives from trade and customs…

Pilot patent examination training delivered to new trainees

Trainee patent examiners from Viet Nam and Philippines have been the first to pilot competency-based training programs developed through the Regional Patent Examination Training (RPET) Mentoring Program. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are also preparing to follow suit with a pilot later this year. In preparation for the launch of the training, IP Australias Mentors visited…

ASEAN Member States share tips on drafting competition law regulations and guidelines

Myanmar, 26-28 February – Officials from ASEAN competition authorities and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shared experiences and strategies related to drafting regulations and implementation guidelines, in a two-day workshop held in Nay Pyi Taw. With representation from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Viet Nam, the practical workshop allowed professionals to strengthen their regional…

Competition Officials Working Together to Tackle Cartels

Thailand, 20 – 22 February – A three-day cartel investigations workshop was conducted in Bangkok and attended by more than 25 competition officials from Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. Key discussion points during the workshop included techniques and processes used to detect, investigate and take action against cartels within their respective jurisdictions. Cartel conduct, such as…

AECSP Continued to Support ASEAN for a Pilot Full Cumulation Program under AANZFTA

December 2018 – ASEAN Member States (AMS) continued to gain understanding and awareness on full cumulation under the ASEAN – Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) as four more capacity building workshops were held this month in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam. These workshops are part of a series of capacity building activities supported…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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