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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.

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.


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 Statistics Releases Latest Economic Updates

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

JAKARTA, 28 August 2014 – The latest ASEAN statistics showed that in 2013, the region recorded real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 5.1%, with international merchandise trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), posting an increase of 1.4% and 7.1%, respectively.

In terms of nominal GDP, ASEAN GDP increased from US$2.3 trillion in 2012 to US$2.4 trillion in 2013, with the per capita GDP reaching US$3,837 in 2013 from US$3,761 in 2012. Indonesia was the biggest economy in ASEAN, with US$863 billion, followed by Thailand at US$388 billion and Malaysia with US$312 billion. In terms of per capita GDP, Singapore topped the rest of the ASEAN Member States, with US$55,183 followed by Brunei Darussalam with US$39,677. Both countries also registered lower inflation rates at 1.5% and 0.2%, respectively. Details on ASEAN macroeconomics indicators are available here.


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.


Business and Government Unite to Support SMEs in Myanmar

on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

YANGON, 27 August 2014 – Myanmar’s economic and political reforms have led to rapid reconnection to the global and regional economies, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need training and expertise to take advantage of the opportunities that are being created. Hence, more than 250 entrepreneurs gathered in Yangon yesterday for Business Alliance training to discuss how SMEs can operate their businesses within the global supply chain.

The participants were provided with briefings on marketing, international exporting, legal aspects of cross-border trade, and how to use technology to expand their reach and build their businesses. They also had the opportunity to engage one-on-one with company representatives to ask questions and build relationships.  


Winner of the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women Announced

on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

BOGOR, 27 August 2014 -  During an award presentation at ASEAN’s Science & Technology Week, the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced the winner of the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. Dr. Nuttaporn Pimpha of Thailand was awarded the prize for her exemplary work in water quality research aimed to improve the availability of clean and safe drinking water in the ASEAN region.   

The US$ 25,000 prize recognizes a promising, ASEAN-based, early-career woman scientist, whose research focuses on water quality. The prize supports ASEAN efforts to advance regional science and technology capacity in water management. It also aims to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in technical and scientific fields. 

Public Service Announcement On The Ebola Virus Disease

on Thursday, 21 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005). With the high exposure from the media, the EVD outbreak leaves us with a lot of questions and insecurity.

Engaging Business for Competition Compliance in ASEAN

on Thursday, 21 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

SINGAPORE, 21 August 2014 - Representatives of the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC) and the ASEAN Secretariat gathered in Singapore today for a dialogue on key issues and challenges to enhance effective business compliance of Competition Policy and Law (CPL) in the region. The one-day workshop which was held at the Grand Park City Hall Hotel and hosted by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), discussed issues related to the design and implementation of appropriate outreach and evidence-based advocacy measures vis-à-vis the business community.

Business compliance with competition rules is key to building an effective competition regime: companies should not only understand the benefits of CPL but will need to be familiar with the potential consequences of infringing competition rules. A company-wide compliance program can help avoid potentially anti-competitive business practices.

ASEC Celebrates 47th Anniversary of ASEAN

on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 18 August 2014 - The ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), led by Secretary General H.E. Le Luong Minh, today hosted the celebrations of the 47th Anniversary of ASEAN with festive events in Jakarta. Members of the diplomatic community and ASEAN partners joined in the celebration.

“As we gather today to celebrate another anniversary of ASEAN’s founding, we are also at the threshold of realising a dream for a ‘prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations’ that began 47 years ago, on 8 August 1967. That long-aspired dream is about to come true!  ASEAN is poised to proclaim the realisation of the ASEAN Community by the end of next year. This will be another epic milestone signalling Southeast Asia’s irrefutable connectivity and cohesiveness – where the peoples enjoy the blessings of peace, freedom and prosperity,” said SG Minh in his remarks.


ASEAN Gathers Fresh Support from International Community for Haiyan Recovery in the Philippines

on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 14 August 2014 – ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh called on the international community to provide fresh support for the post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation needs of communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The call was made at a high level conference on Assistance for the Recovery of Yolanda (Haiyan) Affected Areas (ARYA) held in Taguig, Metro Manila today.

“We accomplished so many things when we responded together to help the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Now, I call on all of us to come together once more to continue supporting these communities to fully recover from the damages caused by the typhoon,” Sec. Gen. Minh said at the opening of the conference.


ASEAN Foreign Ministers Commit to Intensify Efforts in Realising ASEAN Community 2015

on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 14 August 2014 - “The 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM), Commission for the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ Commission), Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC), 15th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting, 4th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and 21st ASEAN Regional Forum, were successfully held in Nay Pyi Taw from 8 to 10 August 2014,” said H.E. Nyan Lynn, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community, at the Post-47th AMM and Related Meetings Briefing, held today at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.


ASEAN Drums Up Support For Philippine Recovery After Yolanda

on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 12 August 2014 - A regional high-level conference will be held in Manila on August 14 at the Philippine Army Officers Club, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, to encourage new support for the recovery and rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected communities in central Philippines.

Myanmar Gets Ready for ASEAN Summit, as Regional Grouping Wraps Foreign Ministers and Other Meetings in Nay Pyi Taw

on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 11 August 2014 – More than 1,000 delegates, some 100 media, and over 30 meetings over six days. That’s just the basic statistics for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting held in the Myanmar capital over the past week.

Other related meetings were also held in what some described as “one of the most spacious capitals in the world.” In particular, the ASEAN Regional Forum saw delegates coming from 27 countries and organisations.


Launch of Official Logo of the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercises 2015 (ARF DIREX 2015)

on Sunday, 10 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 10 August 2014 - The official logo of the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercises 2015 (ARF DIREX 2015) was launched in Nay Pyi Taw today.

Launched by Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Myanmar Foreign Minister as well as Chair of the ARF U Wunna Maung Lwin, the event recognises that collective effort is needed to ensure a timely and effective disaster relief response, and to support the vision to create a disaster resilient and safer community by 2015.