Enhanced ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU

Speaker at meeting

In support of ASEAN’s drive to become more transparent, the EU-funded ARISE+ programme has introduced a new e- Platform which allows the private sector to interact faster and more efficiently with public authorities on non-tariff measures (NTMs). For instance, businesses can lodge questions or complaints directly with ASEAN Member States when problems in cross-border trade are encountered, or consult Member States on new or modified NTMs ahead of their formal adoption. The new system was presented to key decision makers from ASEAN Member States and relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies, as well as representatives of ASEAN’s private sector at the 3rd ARISE+ Roundtable Discussion on Trade Facilitation held in Bangkok on 9 July 2019.

ARISE+ work on NTMs and private sector consultation is pivotal to the success of ASEAN economic integration. Ensuring that the private sector is effectively consulted and can play an active role in identifying the NTMs that inhibit economic integration and intra- ASEAN trade is critical.

Chris Humphrey, Executive Director EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC)