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Lao National Accreditation Bureau Undergoes Training to Enhance Capabilities

on Friday, 19 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

VIENTIANE, 19 September 2014 - A specialized training took place in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 15-17 September  to enhance capabilities of the Lao National Accreditation Board (LNAB) staff. The course focused on management of accreditation bodies and conformity assessment in line with ASEAN’s goal of strengthening accreditation services in the CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mynamar, and Viet Nam) countries. 

ASEAN Launches Narcotics Cooperation Centre in Bangkok

on Friday, 19 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANGKOK, 19 September 2014 - The ASEAN Narcotics Cooperation Centre (ASEAN-NARCO) was officially launched in Bangkok on 15 September to further drive regional efforts in pursuing ASEAN Drug Free 2015. To act as a coordinating platform for ASEAN Member States in working together on drug related cases, ASEAN NARCO is now focusing on drug law enforcement and expected to cover other areas of drug control in the future.

In his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of ASEAN-NARCO, H.E. General Paiboon Kumchaya, the Minister of Justice of Thailand emphasised the importance of the establishment of ASEAN-NARCO as a good forum to enhance cooperation and information sharing on drug control matters among ASEAN Member States as well as between ASEAN and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. General Kumchaya also mentioned that, “As ASEAN has declared its intention and goal to become drug-free in 2015, ASEAN must succeed in reducing drug trafficking, crop harvesting, and infiltration of narcotics.”

 

ASEAN and China Hold 11th Expo to Enhance Trade

on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NANNING, 18 September 2014 – The opening ceremony of the 11th China – ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China – ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) was  held on 16 September in the City of Nanning, Guangxi Province, China, with the theme “Jointly Build Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century.”

This year’s opening ceremony was graced by the First-ranked Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, H.E Mr. Zhang Gaoli and Prime Minister H. E Lee Hsien Loong representing Singapore as this year’s Country of Honor. In his keynote speech, H.E. Zhang Gaoli emphasized the cultural heritage that ASEAN and China share.

 

ASEAN SMEs Reaffirm 2025 Vision

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 17 September 2014 - Key representatives from small and medium enterprise (SME) policy makers, ASEAN Small and Medium Enterprise Working Group (SMEWG), thinktanks, dialogue partners and multilateral organisations gathered at the ASEAN Secretariat on 12 September to exchange views, good practices and deliberate on the vision, mission and strategic goals for the Post-2015 Strategic Action Plan for SME Development (2016-2025) or SAP SMED.  

Building upon the policy workshop, participants reaffirmed the vision thatby 2025, ASEAN SMEs shall be globally competitive, resilient, and innovative which can seamlessly integrate into the ASEAN community and beyond for sustainable growth and equitable development in the region.”To achieve the 10-year vision, five areas of strategic goal were formulated namely: (i) enabling regulatory and institutional framework; (ii) enhancing access to finance; (iii) enhancing market access and internationalisation; (iv) strengthening entrepreneurial education and human capital development; and (v) promoting productivity, technology and innovation. 

 

Working Visit of the Secretary-General of ASEAN to the United Kingdom

on Sunday, 14 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

LONDON, 14 September 2014 - The Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh made a working visit to London from 11-12 September in conjunction with the ASEAN Day events in London.
 
During the visit, SG Minh delivered a keynote speech at the ASEAN Insights Conference and an ASEAN Day message at the ASEAN Day reception, organised by Asia House in collaboration with the ASEAN-London Committee (ALC). SG Minh also held discussions with Lord Ian Livingston, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, UK, the ALC comprising ASEAN High Commissioners and Ambassadors to the UK, and Sir John Boyd, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Asia House together with representatives from the businesses, academia and think tanks.

ASEAN Formulates a Post-2015 Vision and Strategic Action Plan on Competition

on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 11 September 2014 - The ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC) gathered at the ASEAN Secretariat from 9-10 September to deliberate a post-2015 vision, with new targets and a regional plan of action on competition for the period 2016-2025. The envisaged establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015 will mark an important milestone on ASEAN’s way towards deeper regional economic integration and community-building. The Brainstorming Meeting was convened in compliance with the directives of the ASEAN High-Level Task Force on Economic Integration (HLTF-EI) to develop a strategic framework towards 2025.

The AEC Blueprint 2009-2015 foresees the introduction of competition policy in all Member States by 2015. By end of 2015, it is expected that a comprehensive competition law will be in place in least 7 Member States.

 

ASEAN and Japan Review Cooperation Progress

on Friday, 05 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

TOKYO, 5 September 2014 - The 29th ASEAN-Japan Forum was convened on 3-4 September 2014 in Tokyo to review ASEAN-Japan cooperation focusing on the progress of follow-up to the outcomes of the 16th ASEAN-Japan Summit and the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in 2013. In particular, the Meeting discussed ways to effectively implement the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan, which aims to build four pillars of ASEAN-Japan Partnership, namely Partners for Peace and Stability, Partners for Prosperity, Partners for Quality of Life and Heart-to-Heart Partners. ASEAN and Japan would make full use of the existing resources, including the ASEAN-Japan Integration Fund 2.0, to support the realisation of these objectives.

On Partnership for Peace and Stability, the Meeting discussed ways to enhance cooperation on various areas such as non-proliferation and disarmament, counter-terrorism, cyber-crimes, maritime security, human rights, peace-keeping and peace-building. The Meeting stressed the need to strengthen ASEAN-Japan cooperation on addressing emerging trans-boundary challenges, such as transnational crimes, and looked forward to the adoption of a Joint Declaration for cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational crimes at the upcoming 17th ASEAN-Japan Summit in November.

 

ASEAN Directors-General of Immigration Enhance Efforts towards ASEAN Community

on Friday, 05 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 5 September 2014 - The annual meeting of ASEAN Immigration Departments and the Consular Affairs Divisions of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs was held on 1-4 September in Brunei Darussalam to share valuable insights and experiences over issues of common interest and concerns in the progression of realising the ASEAN Community goals.

His Honorable Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of Home Affairs, Brunei Darussalam officiated the Opening Ceremony of the 18th Directors-General of Immigration and Heads of Consular Divisions of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (DGICM) and delivered his remarks. He emphasized on the need to continue the implementation of work progress and enhance DGICM effort collaboratively in information sharing, promoting the usage of technology, capacity building and combating transnational crimes towards the realization of ASEAN Community. The 18th DGICM was convened back-to-back with the 10th DGICM- Australia Consultation and the 10th ASEAN Immigration Intelligence Forum (AIIF).

 

Business Summit Highlights ASEAN-US Economic Ties, Small Business Growth in the Region

on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 3 September 2014 – Economic Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), high-level United States Government representatives, and business leaders from ASEAN and the United States gathered last week at the ASEAN-US Business Summit in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss regional policies to support small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development.

Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the ASEAN economy, accounting for over 96% of all enterprises and for between 50 – 95% of all employment in many ASEAN Member States. With markets and trade increasingly shaped by global value chains, small and large businesses seek to form fruitful partnerships that will support their growth in regional and global markets.

New Leaders in Thailand and Indonesia Top September “ASEAN Today”

on Tuesday, 02 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 2 September 2014 - The confirmation of new leaders in Thailand and Indonesia highlights the September 2014 edition of “ASEAN Today.”

Raymond Goh of Malaysia's TV3 co-anchors the program from Kuala Lumpur, with Dalton Tanonaka of The Indonesia Channel at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

The latest in the MH17 air tragedy is also part of the program, along with reports on Myanmar's real estate boom, a Korean tattoo artist in Cambodia, and the stinging success of a jellyfish attraction in the Philippines. Danny Lee of the ASEAN Secretariat has the month's regular feedback segment. 

 

ASEAN Secretariat Visits Philippines for Structured Learning

on Tuesday, 02 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 2 September 2014 - ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), led by Mr. Ung Sreng Kong, Director of Corporate Affairs, made a structured learning visit (SLV) to WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines last week to learn about international standards and best practices in business process integration and automation system. These officials are members of ASEC Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Working Group who will be involved in the assessment and development of ASEC Business Process Integration and Automation Programme.

The team visited WHO WPRO and was welcomed by Mr. Ahmad Partow, Acting Director of Finance and Administration. They studied WHO’s state-of-the-art Business Integration System, covering Human Resources, Finance, Procurement, Travels, Project Management and Administrative Services. The team learned how WHO made improvement on their business processes and integrate them into one platform.

 

ASEAN Signs Protocol to Improve Investment Regimes

on Monday, 01 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 1 September 2014 - ASEAN Economic Ministers signed the Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) last week in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

The main objective of the Protocol is to provide a mechanism to better facilitate ASEAN Member States (AMS) in modifying or amending their investment reservations in the Schedule of ACIA.  The Protocol lays out a step-by-step process—with prescribed timelines—for the modification and amendment to investment reservations by AMS and its approval, which would contribute to greater certainty and transparency of ACIA implementation.

 

ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand Sign Protocol to Improve Trade Pact

on Monday, 01 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 1 September 2014 - On 26 August, ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) joined the Ministers from Australia and New Zealand in signing the First Protocol to Amend the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA).

The Protocol will allow for amendments of the AANZFTA to address some business concerns, including the information requirements for origin verification. A key revision of which will be the removal of the requirement to reflect the free-on-board (FOB) value in the Certificate of Origin in cases where the regional value content criteria is not used. The Protocol also incorporates consolidated product specific rules, which will further enhance the transparency, clarity and relevance of AANZFTA, and ensure the Agreement better delivers for business.

 

Key Outcomes of the 12th AEC Council Meeting, 46th ASEAN Economic Ministers' (AEM) Meeting and Related Meetings

on Monday, 01 September 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

The 46th AEM and Related Meetings were held from 25-28 August in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS) attended the meetings, which included the ASEAN Economic Community Council (AECC), AEM, ASEAN Free Trae Area (AFTA) Council, ASEAN Investment Area (AIA) Council, Cambodia Laos Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) Economic Ministers, the ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development Cooperation (AMBDC), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and consultations with ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners (i.e. Australia, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Republic of Korea and the United States). ASEAN Economic Ministers also had consultations with ASEAN Business Advisory Council and EU-ASEAN Business Council. Two private sector events were also held at the margins of the 46th AEM including 1stPublic-Private Dialogue on New Industries and 2nd US-ASEAN Business Summit.

China-ASEAN Expo to Commence Next Month

on Thursday, 28 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 28 August 2014 - The China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) Secretariat, has announced that the 11th CAEXPO will be held on September 16-19 in Nanning, Guangxi, China. As this year marks the first year of the Diamond Decade of the China-ASEAN cooperation, there will be new things on this year’s CAEXPO according to the Secretariat.

The 11th CAEXPO will feature a new theme: “Building the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century.” This theme will be highlighted through the opening plenary, exhibitions, cooperation projects and sideline conferences and forums. In addition, the expo will highlight efforts to forge its own complete value chain to provide more value-added services.