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Construction and competition law officials meet to strengthen competition enforcement

Brunei Darussalam, 31 October, 2018 – Competition law officials and construction regulators from ASEAN Member States (AMS) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) strengthened their professional networks through the Construction and Competition Regulation Workshop in Brunei Darussalam on 30-31 October 2018. The workshop, which aimed to strengthen the interface between competition and construction…

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…

ASEAN Enhances Mobility of Skilled Labour through Qualifications Reference Framework

MANILA, 13 October 2014 – Following endorsement of the ASEAN Qualification Reference Framework (AQRF) by the ASEAN Economic Ministers and the ASEAN Education Ministers in August and September 2014, respectively, the Task Force on AQRF met in Manila last week to progress the discussion of the AQRF implementation. AQRF, a common reference framework, functions as…

UN and APEC to collaborate with ASEAN on harmonising regional statistics on trade and tourism

JAKARTA – 7 October 2013. Given the importance of trade and tourism in the economy, the United Nations Statistics Division, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat are jointly organizing the four-day International Seminar on Trade and Tourism Statistics on 7-10 October 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with assistance from…

The Third ASEAN Competition Conference focuses on Regional Competition Cooperation and Integration

The Third ASEAN Competition Conference with the theme Moving towards Regional Integration of Competition Policy and Law taking place in Singapore on 4-5 July is looking into benefits, possible approaches and challenges in fostering greater regional cooperation and integration of competition policy and law among ASEAN Member States. The Conference is a key platform for…

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