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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…

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…

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,…

Myanmar getting ready to implement her updated AANZFTA Tariff Reduction Schedules

Yangon, Myanmar, 08 December 2017 – Representatives from the different government agencies of Myanmar attended the Training on Transposition of AANZFTA Tariff Reduction Schedules from the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) 2012 to 2017 and the Seminar on Project to Set Up a Regional Scheme to Monitor the Utilization of AANZFTA Tariff Preferences…

Strengthening Cooperation between Competition Agencies and Aviation Regulators

Bagan, Myanmar, 24 November 2017 – Strengthening the interface between ASEAN competition and aviation regulators was the focus of the two-day workshop on competition policy and aviation sector conducted on November 23-24 in Bagan, Myanmar. The Workshop, which was attended by 56 officials from the transport and competition authorities of ASEAN Member States, included representatives…

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