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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…

ASEAN qualifications reference framework committee commences peer-review process

BANGKOK, 16 May 2018 – The ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee commenced a peer-review process participated in by representatives from education, labour and economic sectors during its fourth meeting in Bangkok. Around 90 officials from the three sectors attended the meeting which marked a substantial progress in the implementation of the AQRF. A technical…

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…

CLIP helps Thailand Implement its New Competition Law

Bangkok, Thailand – A three-day workshop on interviewing and investigation skills was conducted on 17-19 April in Bangkok, Thailand to assist Thai investigators in their implementation of the new Trade Competition Act B.E. 2560 (2017) (Trade Competition Act). The Trade Competition Act came into effect on 5 October 2017. The Trade Competition Act establishes the Office…

ARDN tackles the identification of deadly disease vectors

Ms Fervalee Apacionado (on left), from the Bureau of Plant Industry, the Philippines and Ms Quach Qing Linh from the Department of Plant Protection, Vietnam, examine whitefly specimens in the laboratories of the University of Queensland. Brisbane, Australia – A workshop on developing a diagnostic guide for whiteflies was conducted in the laboratories of the…

ARDN enhances identification of Colletotrichum

Co-presenter, Dr Chanintorn Doungsa-ard (centre), Thai Department of Agriculture, demonstrating cultures of Colletotrichum fungi to workshop participants, Bangkok, Thailand. Workshop leader, Dr Roger Shivas, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia, is second from right. Bangkok, Thailand-A workshop on developing an identification guide to Colletotrichum based on morphological and molecular data was conducted on 26…

Competition officials working together to tackle cartels

Manila, Philippines – A three-day cartel investigations workshop was conducted from 20-22 March in Manila, the Philippines. At the Workshop, 25 officials from the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) and the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) discussed the techniques and processes used to detect, investigate and take action against cartels within their jurisdictions. Cartel conduct, such as price-fixing…

CLIP helping ASEAN Members build effective enforcement operations

Vientiane, Lao PDR – 23 competition law enforcement officials from Lao PDR, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand attended the CLIP Phasing Enforcement Workshop on 20-22 February 2018. The three-day workshop, which centred on peer-to-peer learning including dynamic group discussions and problem solving, aimed to assist officials in developing expertise to facilitate decision making and work prioritisation.…

ASEAN to Firm up Regional Guideline on the Implementation of International Standards Related to SPS Measures

Jakarta, Indonesia – Around 48 officials from ASEAN Member States (AMS), Australia and New Zealand relevant agencies dealing with SPS measures and ASEAN Secretariat officers attended the Workshop on ASEAN Regional Guideline for Implementation of International Standards Related to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures in Gran Mahakam Hotel, 21-22 February 2018. In his opening remarks,…

Accurate Identification of downy mildews to facilitate trade in South East Asia

2 February 2018 – A workshop on the identification of downy mildews (oomycetes) which focused on collection and processing of samples, morphological identification and molecular diagnostic was conducted in Chiang Mai University in Thailand on 29 January – 2 February 2018. Downy mildews are pathogens which damage a wide range of commercial crops. They can…

Training a New Generation of Cartel Breakers

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – 21 officials from Indonesia’s Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) and the Vietnam Competition and Consumer Authority (VCCA) attended a three-day workshop on cartel investigations from 23-25 January in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The workshop, with the theme Detecting, investigating and recommending enforcement: Taking cartel investigatory…

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