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ASEAN Develops Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Bioequivalence Study Reports

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 22 October 2014 - A two-day workshop for representatives of Pharmaceutical Product Working Group (PPWG) or the National Drug Regulatory Authorities from ASEAN Member States was held on 20-21 October in Jakarta, Indonesia. An expert from EU presented background issues and international requirements for registration of generic drugs and for bioequivalence studies.

The ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) PPWG, in accordance with its objectives in eliminating technical barrier to trade in the pharmaceutical sector, has been undertaking work on developing harmonised technical requirements for this sector since its establishment. The PPWG had developed and implemented several harmonised technical requirements including the ASEAN Common Technical Dossier (ACTD) and ASEAN Common Technical Requirements (ACTR).  In 2009, PPWG started the implementation of a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Inspection of Manufacturers of Medicinal Products.

ASEAN, Ecuador to Explore Areas of Mutual Interests

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 21 October 2014 - The Ambassador of Ecuador to Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Riofrío Machuca, presented his Letter of Credence today to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, as Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to ASEAN.

Secretary-General Minh congratulated Ambassador Machuca for assuming his duty and stressed that Ambassador Machuca could play an important role in fostering cooperation between ASEAN and Ecuador in the framework of ASEAN-CELAC (Community of Latin America and Caribbean States) and FEALAC (Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation). SG Minh also encouraged him to actively explore practical cooperative activities that could be undertaken between both sides in the areas of mutual interest. SG Minh then briefed Ambassador Machuca on the progress of ASEAN Community building by 2015 and beyond.

Thai Deputy PM visits ASEAN Secretariat; meets with ASEAN SecGen

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 21 October 2014 – H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, paid a visit to the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday after attending the inauguration ceremony of Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo.

Minister Tanasak was welcomed by H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, who said that despite its political challenges, Thailand has consistently reaffirmed and delivered on its commitment to fully and actively participate in the ASEAN Community building and addressed regional and international issues of common interest and concern. The Secretary-General expressed full confidence in the resilience of the Thai nation to overcome the present difficulties and return to sustainable democracy and stability in due course.

 

Private and Public Sectors Discuss Regional Cooperation for AEC Information to Businesses

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 20 October 2014 – Representatives from the ASEAN SME Agencies Working Group (SMEWG), the ASEAN Secretariat, and private sector bodies at the regional and national/local levels gathered at a workshop in Jakarta on 16-17 October to discuss options for regional cooperation on providing ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) information to businesses.

The workshop was a continuation of their discussions last June on this issue, prompted by the need to better inform the private sector particularly SMEs about the developments of the AEC as raised repeatedly by high-level ASEAN bodies including the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting and by the private sector. The need to better inform the private sector is becoming increasingly important to enable them to better understand and benefit from the AEC.  

 

2nd ASEAN Economic Community Symposium Focuses on SMEs

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

YANGON, 20 October 2014 - The Second ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Symposium was held on 13 October in Yangon, Myanmar. The theme of this year’s symposium was “Creating Opportunities for Businesses including SMEs in ASEAN.” 

H.E. Dr. San Lwin, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar delivered the keynote address.  Dr San highlighted that “the private sector is the engine of the growth in our economies. So there is a need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs for enhancing their competitiveness.” He added that as SMEs comprise about 90% of the enterprises in most ASEAN Member States (AMS), the dynamism and competitiveness of the region’s economy depend, to a large extent, on the development of SMEs in the region.

 

ASEAN Continues to Assist Member States in Trade Repository Development

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANGKOK, 20 October 2014 A two-day National Workshop on ASEAN Trade Repository (ATR)/National Trade Repository (NTR)/Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Notification Procedures under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA)was held on 13-14 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop aimed to provide technical knowledge to assist ASEAN Member States in their NTR development and to provide a better understanding on the substantive structure and outlay.

The Executive Director of the Bureau of Trade in Goods, Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, Ms. Sunanta Kangvalkulkij opened the two-day event. Thailand has shown its strong commitment to comply with the ATIGA by establishing the Thai NTR platform and attending the National Workshop with over 90 representatives from 35 ministries and agencies.  Thailand plans to launch its NTR by the end of 2014 and its ATR by 2015.

 

ASEAN Commits to Biodiversity Conservation

on Friday, 17 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

PYEONGCHANG, 17 October 2014 - The environment ministers of the ten ASEAN Member States reiterated their countries’ commitment to biodiversity conservation in a statement read at the ongoing Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The statement was read by Dr. Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Union Minister, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Working Together towards Rabies-free ASEAN

on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

HA NOI, 15 October 2014 - In accordance with the recent global observance of the World Rabies Day on 28 September, ASEAN demonstrated its continued support in accelerating the goal of a “Rabies-free ASEAN by 2020” through the endorsement of the ASEAN Rabies Elimination Strategy (ARES). This document was jointly endorsed by the 36th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) and the 12th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM) that were respectively held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar and Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

This joint endorsement of ARES is clearly a manifestation of ASEAN’s resolve and commitment for the elimination of rabies, which is a widespread, neglected and under-reported zoonosis with an almost 100% case fatality rate in animals and humans. This disease causes a significant social and economic burden in many countries worldwide. Every year, between 50,000 and 70,000 people die of rabies in various conditions. The majority of rabies cases globally occur among children.

Tenth Press Release of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC)

on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

Yangon, 15 October 2014 – The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) successfully concluded its 9th Meeting held from 13-14 October 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar.  Attended by the ACWC Representatives from ASEAN Member States, the Meeting reviewed and reported progress on the implementation of its 5-year work plan covering 2012-2016.

Already in its fifth year, the efforts of this inter-governmental body saw an increase in collaboration with other ASEAN sectoral bodies whose mandates and actions have implications to women and children. This collaborative effort stemmed from the need to synergize actions with other ASEAN sectoral bodies to achieve coherence in policies and prevent duplication of efforts.  Four joint projects related to gender were agreed for implementation in collaboration with the ASEAN Committee on Women, and one project on the public campaign for the elimination of violence against women in collaboration with the Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information.  Reciprocal invitations to respective activities were also made between ACWC and the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Senior Officials Meeting for Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD), and Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC).

 

ASEAN SG Visits the Republic of Korea Commemoration of 25th Anniversary Dialogue Relations

on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

SEOUL, 14 October 2014 - Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) from 8-12 October 2014 at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ROK, H.E. Yun Byung-se. The visit is one of the activities in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations (1989-2014).

During the visit, SG Minh paid a courtesy call to the President of the ROK, H.E. Park Geun-hye. He held meetings with the Acting Minister, First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Cho Tae-yong; Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, H.E. Yoon Sang-jick; Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, H.E. Kim Jong-deok; Minister of Korea Forest Service, Dr. Shin Won-sup. He also met with other high-ranking officials, including the Secretaries-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, and ASEAN Seoul Committee (ASC).

 

ASEAN Enhances Mobility of Skilled Labour through Qualifications Reference Framework

on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

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 a device to enable comparisons of qualifications of skilled labour across ASEAN Member States. The framework, among others, supports recognition of qualification, promote quality of education and learning, and facilitate labour mobility. It addresses all education and training, including formal, non-formal and informal learning. Noting that ASEAN Member States are at different stages of development, each country is expected to voluntarily comply with the AQRF at their own capacity and start the referencing process by 2016 and at the latest by 2018.  

 

ASEAN focuses on ‘resilience’ during Day for Disaster Management

on Sunday, 12 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 12 October 2014 – Focusing on the theme “Peoples of ASEAN, Step Up and Be Counted for Community Disaster Resilience! Resilience is for Life!” ASEANculminates itscommemoration of the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management (ADDM) with regional ceremonies hosted today by the Government of Brunei Darussalam.

The Director of Brunei Darussalam’s National Disaster Management Centre and Chair of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management, Pg Dato Paduka Hj Rosli Bin Pg Hj Chuchu, said in his welcome remarks that it is important for “communities to realise their role in increasing their resilience to disasters as frontliners in disaster response as well as in the long-term recovery and rehabilitation efforts. By equipping them with the right knowledge, communities can step up and take the lead in promoting community-based activities in disaster risk reduction and raise their level of awareness and engagement.”

ASEAN, US tackle human trafficking at a seminar in Myanmar

on Thursday, 09 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

YANGON, 9 October 2014 - The ASEAN-U.S Seminar on Trafficking in Persons was held on 7 October 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar. The seminar was co-chaired by Police Brig. Gen. Zaw Win, Chief of Police of Myanmar and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Monitoring and Combating Trafficking in Persons.  

In his opening remarks, Lt. Gen Ko Ko, Union Minister for Home Affairs emphasized the importance of international cooperation in combating human trafficking which has become a global phenomenon and security threat in the world. According to him, “human trafficking is one of the priority areas not only for ASEAN but also for Myanmar.” He commended the U.S for their initiative in raising global awareness of human trafficking. Further, he encouraged both sides to better understand different approaches in combating trafficking in persons (TIP), the challenges being encountered and most importantly, to explore mutually beneficial activities for future ASEAN-U.S cooperation.

 

ASEAN to strengthen assistance for victims of unexploded ordnance

on Thursday, 09 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

LUANG PRABANG, 9 October 2014 - The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR, in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the ASEAN Secretariat, organised a workshop on children and families who are affected by unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination.

Twenty-four officials from the line agencies in charge of social affairs, assistance to victims and de-mining of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam participated in the workshop. They exchanged and discussed national policies and best practices that will ultimately benefit victims of UXOs and improve their lives, as well as prevent new victims in the future.

ASEAN and Germany Promotes Innovation and Technology in the Region

on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 7 October 2014 - The Kick-Off Workshop on “ASEAN Policy Framework on Private Sector Partnerships for Technology Development and Innovation” took place in Manila on 24 September. “Within the framework of the ASEAN-German project ‘Promoting Innovation & Technology in ASEAN Countries,’ this initiative is envisaged to support the preparation of the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI),” Dr. Alexander Lim, Head of Science and Technology Division at the ASEAN Secretariat, pointed out.

In her opening speech, Dr Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Executive Director, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Research and Development (PCIEERD), Department of Science and Technology, highlighted the importance of the initiative for ASEAN countries by saying “strengthened framework conditions can foster cooperation of governmental agencies and the business community in technology development and innovation.”