MEDIA RELEASES

Pilot patent examination training delivered to new trainees

Trainee patent examiners from Viet Nam and Philippines have been the first to pilot competency-based training programs developed through the Regional Patent Examination Training (RPET) Mentoring Program. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are also preparing to follow suit with a pilot later this year. In preparation for the launch of the training, IP Australias Mentors visited…

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ASEAN Member States share tips on drafting competition law regulations and guidelines

Myanmar, 26-28 February – Officials from ASEAN competition authorities and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shared experiences and strategies related to drafting regulations and implementation guidelines, in a two-day workshop held in Nay Pyi Taw.With representation from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Viet Nam, the practical workshop allowed professionals to strengthen their regional cooperation…

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Competition Officials Working Together to Tackle Cartels

Thailand, 20 – 22 February – A three-day cartel investigations workshop was conducted in Bangkok and attended by more than 25 competition officials from Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. Key discussion points during the workshop included techniques and processes used to detect, investigate and take action against cartels within their respective jurisdictions.Cartel conduct, such as price-fixing…

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AECSP Continued to Support ASEAN for a Pilot Full Cumulation Program under AANZFTA

December 2018 – ASEAN Member States (AMS) continued to gain understanding and awareness on full cumulation under the ASEAN – Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) as four more capacity building workshops were held this month in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam. These workshops are part of a series of capacity building activities supported…

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AANZFTA Parties tackle investor-state dispute prevention and resolution

Philippines, 28 November 2018 – The Philippine Board of Investment, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat, under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Economic Cooperation Support Program (AECSP) held a two-day regional forum in Manila on “Investment Disputes, Resolution and Prevention.” The forum aimed to support AANZFTA Parties on effectively managing commitments, improving investor…

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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 address…

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ARDN enhances AMS’ capacity in fruit fly identification

Indonesia, 30 October 2018 – Representatives from ASEAN Member States (AMS) took a step forward in increasing their understanding of fruit fly identification during a four-day diagnostic workshop at the Applied Research Institute for Agricultural Quarantine in Bekasi, Indonesia. The workshop was attended by technical specialists from agricultural quarantine and plant protection agencies and focused…

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AANZFTA prepares for the negotiation of a pilot full cumulation program

November 2018 – This month marked the commencement of a series of workshops on full cumulation for ASEAN Member States under the ASEAN-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Area, progressing the goal of economic integration among members of the FTA. The first set of two-day workshops were held in Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Lao PDR.The aim…

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ASEAN Member States explore investigating abuse of dominance in Viet Nam competition workshop

Hanoi, Viet Nam – Officials from ASEAN competition agencies and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shared experiences and strategies in investigating suspected abuse of dominance matters from 6 – 8 November 2018.A business is considered dominant when it can operate unconstrained by the conduct of competitors. Competition law does not prohibit businesses from…

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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 regulators,…

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