Media Releases

Lao officials equipping themselves with HS implementation capacity

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 15 December 2017 – To further strengthen the capacity of Lao PDR government officials on trade analysis and transposition schedules, the training on Transposition of AANZFTA Tariff Reduction Schedules from the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) 2012 to 2017 was conducted on December 11 – 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel,…

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…

AANZFTA Workshop Held to Enhance Parties’ Capacity in Project Design and Proposal Development

Jakarta, 3 February 2017 – The AANZFTA Economic Cooperation Support Program (AECSP) organised a sub-regional capacity building workshop on project design and proposal development for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the ASEAN Secretariat held from 2 to 3 February 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop gathered participants comprised of officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR and…

CLIPPINGS: Newsletter of the AANZFTA Competition Law Implementation Program

The first two issues for CLIPPINGS, the newsletter of the AANZFTA Competition Law Implementation Program (CLIP) are now available.? Read the latest update on CLIP by downloading a copy. CLIPPINGS Issue 1: July 2016 CLIPPINGS Issue 2: November 2016  

AANZFTA Supports ASEAN International Trademark Operations

  Twenty-six trademark experts (10 men and 16 women), including heads of the Madrid Units from ASEAN Member States attended a workshop on Madrid Protocol Operations held from 26 to 27 September 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read the Press Release.

AANZFTA Combats Anti-Competitive Activities

Competition officials from Malaysia and Viet Nam attended a workshop held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25 to 27 October 2016 to bolster countries’ enforcement of its competition law through effective gathering and handling of evidence against anti-competitive business activities. Read the Press Release.

General Review of AANZFTA

The AANZFTA Agreement contains a provision for Parties to undertake a General Review of the Agreement in 2016. At the ASEAN Economic Ministers-Closer Economic Relations Consultations in August 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, Ministers endorsed the Terms of Reference for Conducting the General Review of AANZFTA, and agreed to undertake the review in 2017. Read…

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