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ASEAN to enhance quality of higher education and people-to-people mobility

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 November 2017 –Around seventy ASEAN officials representing the education, labour, and economic sectors participated in the Third National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Phase IV Workshop yesterday. The workshop focused on developing some components of the ASEAN Referencing Report and an informal peer review exercise which served as a venue for learning exchange from…

CLIP helping ASEAN members to start-up national competition enforcers

Siem Reap, 19 October 2017 – When businesses compete, customers can choose the suppliers with the best products and the best prices. This puts pressure on producers to supply what consumers want efficiently and at a low cost. It also encourages innovation. Competition law is an important part of the policy mix required to promote…

Improving the Quality Standards of ASEANs Patent Examination based on International Standards and Best Practices

Five Australian patent examiners recently travelled to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Viet Nam, and Thailand offering bespoke mentoring to IP offices as they improve their training capacity. These visits were the first face-to-face visits of the recently established launched Regional Patent Examination Training (RPET) Mentoring Program. RPET mentoring is the next stage for the award winning…

ASEAN to Strengthen Cooperation on Competition Law Enforcement

Manila, 30 August 2017 – Officials from ASEAN gathered in Manila from 28 to 30 August 2017 to discuss the means to strengthen cooperation on competition law enforcement. Each ASEAN Member State is working to implement national competition law in-line with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) commitments. Competition law is essential for creating an integrated,…

ASEAN underscores quality assurance in ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework implementation supported by AANZFTA

MANILA, 13 July 2017 – The second meeting of the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee was held in Manila, Philippines from 12 to 13 July 2017 to discuss the important role of quality assurance in the process of referencing National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) of participating ASEAN Member States to the AQRF. The AQRF is…

Lao PDR Pledges Further Investment Climate Reforms; Welcomes AANZFTA Support and OECD Advice to Attract Quality Investment

Vientiane, 11 July 2017 – Lao PDRs Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr. Khamlien Pholsena, launched the OECD Investment Policy Review of Lao PDR on 11 July in Vientiane, amidst Ambassadors and representatives of OECD and ASEAN Member States, members of the Government, development partners and private sector representatives. Referring to key recommendations from the…

Australian and ASEAN Competition Regulators Cooperate on Strategic Investigation Skills under AANZFTA

Ho Chi Minh, 19 to 21 June 2017 – Like sporting teams, companies best strive and improve when facing competition. Rivalry between businesses is now widely understood to be a key means for companies to deliver innovation and efficiency, resulting in better distributed economic growth as well as choice and value for consumers. With the…

AANZFTA Explores Leniency Programs to Tackle Business Collusion

Auckland, New Zealand, 1-2 June 2017. When businesses collude, they can raise prices of goods and services beyond what the market would otherwise tolerate. If left unchecked, this reduces incentives for business innovation and efficiency while consumers are left to bear the burden of high prices. The effective detection of cartels is vital in avoiding…

AANZFTA Promotes Good Regulatory Practice to Facilitate Trade in the Food and Beverage Sectors

Auckland, 31 May 2017 – Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) plays an important role in preventing technical barriers to trade. GRP refers to the discipline of good rule-making based on global experience on how to regulate in ways that avoid obstacles to trade. GRP is a key focus area of the AANZFTA STRACAP work plan implementation…

Way Forward for ASEAN Competition

Selangor, 12 March 2017 – As ASEAN turns 50, the 7th ASEAN Competition Conference (7th ACC) highlighted the various achievements in strengthening the competition environment in the region. Nine ASEAN Member States have enacted their competition laws, with growing awareness of the importance of a more level playing field in enhancing the competitiveness of ASEAN…

AANZFTA Explores the Role of Economics in Competition Law Enforcement

Brunei Darussalam, 9 February 2017 – Competition officials from ASEAN Member States, Australia, and New Zealand attended a Competition Economics in Practice Workshop held from 7 to 9 February 2017 in Brunei Darussalam. The regional Workshop is a key activity under the Competition Law Implementation Program (CLIP) – Phase II supported by the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand…

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