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ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand officials meet to fine tune competition economics expertise

  Bali, 9 May 2018 – Representatives from seven ASEAN Member States (AMS), Australia and New Zealand gathered in Indonesia from 7 – 9 May to boost their expertise in economic analysis for the purpose of enforcing competition law. The three-day “Understanding Markets” workshop focused on competition assessment and market definition and saw investigators, analysts…

ARDN Stimulates the Formation of Thailand’s National Diagnostic Network

22 November 2017 – In conjunction with the 13th Thai Plant Protection Conference in Trang, Thailand, a workshop was conducted to support the formation of a national diagnostic network for Thailand as part of Phase II of the ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network (ARDN) Project. The workshop was attended by 37 plant scientists representing the Department…

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…

Technical training of ASEAN officials on animal risk analysis

Wellington, New Zealand – 25 officials from the ASEAN region attended an animal and animal products import risk analysis workshop from 30 October to 3 November in Wellington, New Zealand. Participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines attended the workshop delivered as part of implementing the Sanitary and Phytosanitary…

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…

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