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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 Completes Trainings on Rules of Origin

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015 – In-country training on Rules of Origin (ROO) hosted by the Customs Department of Thailand in Bangkok from 27 – 29 May completes a series of capacity building activities on ROO for ASEAN, with focus on ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA). The activities include development of training modules, translation of training…

ASEAN holds Advanced Training on Madrid Protocol

SINGAPORE, 11 December 2014 – The ASEAN Member States continue to move forward with their initiative to accede to the Madrid Protocol by the end of 2015 as part of the ASEAN Economic Community-building. To continue to prepare and assist ASEAN Member States to accede to and implement the Protocol, an advanced training on Madrid Protocol…

ASEAN discusses approach to effective competition enforcement

Manila, 17 July 2014 – The 4th ASEAN Competition Conference, with a theme Building Blocks for Effective Enforcement of Competition Policy and Law (CPL), brought together competition experts and public-private stakeholders from ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Republic of Korea, US, EU and international entities such as UNCTAD and the OECD, to discuss the experiences of…

ASEAN Raises Capacity to Protect Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge

JAKARTA, 9 June 2014 – ASEAN Member States (AMS) will be in a better position to formulate policy regarding the utilisation of the product of their rich cultural heritage and biodiversity resources following two recently concluded policy workshops in Jakarta on intellectual property (IP), genetic resources (GR), traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). The…

ASEAN to Enhance Logistics Services

CEBU CITY, 2 May 2014 – Today, approximately 65 policy makers, regulators and industry players concluded a week of intensive conference and seminar, which aims to enhance ASEAN logistics services productivity and competitiveness. ASEAN high-level officials and members of the Logistics and Transport Services Sectoral Working Group also identified a set of feasible, reasonable and…

Regional Patent Examination Training for ASEAN Embarks on its Second Year

JAKARTA, 10 April 2014 – Fifteen patent examiners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, commenced the Regional Patent Examination Training (RPET) – a comprehensive, competency-based e-learning programme for patent examiners this month. This programme aims to enhance the readiness of participating offices in the increasingly globalised economy of the future. This follows the…

Improving Intellectual Property Management Knowledge Key to Regional Business Success in ASEAN

LANGKAWI, 21 November 2013 – ASEAN Member States (AMS) will be better equipped to educate their respective business communities on intellectual property management following the release this month of a practical Intellectual Property (IP) public education and awareness strategy. The development of the strategy is part of an ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Economic Cooperation…

ASEAN develops framework to facilitate movement of skilled labour and professionals

JAKARTA, 14 November 2013 – The Third Meeting of the Task Force on ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (TF-AQRF) was held back-to-back with the AANZFTA Workshop on Developing Regional Qualifications Reference Framework, from 5-7 November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Task Force, which comprises officials from ASEAN ministries of trade, labor, education and qualification agencies, continued…

Making International Brand Protection Easier for ASEAN Businesses

SINGAPORE, 7 November 2013 – Regional brand owners will be one step closer to easier and potentially cheaper international trademark protection, following a series of information dissemination seminars, including for the Philippines and Viet Nam to promote use of the Madrid Protocol. In addition, a training for Madrid Protocol examiners was recently organized jointly with the…

Myanmar pledges further investment climate reforms; welcomes efforts to promote responsible investment

JAKARTA, 22 October 2013 – With the aim to improving investment climate, several ASEAN Member States, including Myanmar, have recently undertaken or are currently undertaking investment policy reviews with Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using its Policy Framework for Investment. To this end, Myanmars Deputy Minister of National Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Khin…

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