08/05/2014 Implementation of ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA)

ATIGA Implementation will be enhanced through the establishment of an ASEAN Trade Repository (ATR) and harmonization of National Trade Repositories (NTRs).  This process of institutional strengthening is being assisted by ARISE, starting from the conceptualization of the 'shell architecture' of the ATR and of the NTRs' interfaces. ARISE will also assist in the development of regional capacity to classify and notify Non Tariff Measures (NTMs), a line of support where it is closely coordinating with the World Bank.  The intention is to support the implementation of the ATIGA, with particular focus on enhanced transparency and non-tariff measures. The identification, classification and notification of NTMs will assist businesses, traders and governments to deal with such measures, prevent or resolve trade barriers, and foster regional integration.  The support provided during the first year of ARISE implementation has been under the auspices of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on the Implementation of the ATIGA (CCA) and in close coordination with the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). In 2013, questionnaires were circulated to AMSs and missions in all AMSs were conducted by a long-term key expert and by a short-term expert to ‘map’ the relevant institutional and legal frameworks. This ‘Mapping’ report was presented at the CCA meeting of 14-15 November 2013 in Myanmar and a set of conclusions and recommendations was then be proposed by ARISE for a ‘Way Forward in the Establishment and Operationalization of NTRs and ATR’, which are now being considered for endorsement by AMSs. Further disciplines were developed by ARISE, in relation to the definition of key categories and concepts that will inform the structure and the functioning of the ATR/NTRs, as well as the standard notification forms that could help AMSs make notifications and then classify their measures, as provided by the ATIGA.  Coordination was ensured with relevant donors (i.e., World Bank and USAID).

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