20-21 November 2014
Siem Reap, Cambodia
A two-day National Workshops on ATR/NTR/NTMs and Notification Procedures under the ATIGA, which was supported by the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE)’s technical assistance and co-organized with the Department of Economic Integration and ASEAN, General Department of Economic and Public Finance Policy, Ministry of Economy and Finance of Cambodia, was held on 20-21 November 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The workshop aimed at providing technical knowledge to assist ASEAN Member States in their National Trade Repository (NTR) development and to provide a better understanding on the substantive structure and outlay that will inform the structure of the IT interface and the requirements for both the hardware and software development, as well as the notification procedures under the ATIGA for the purposes of harmonising the regional disciplines on transparency.
The commitment to establish the NTR platform, which will then be linked to the ASEAN Trade Repository (ATR) by 2015, as stipulated under Article 13 of the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA), has been shown by Cambodia’s Government by issuing the Sub-decree to establish the Cambodia’s NTR and convening the National Coordinating Committee.
- His Excellency Mr. Uy Sambath, Special Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance and former Director General of the General Department of Economic and Public Finance Policy of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Cambodia, opened the two-day event, which was attended by over 60 representatives from all relevant Cambodian ministries and agencies. Since NTMs are stipulated as one of the nine elements of ATR/NTR transparency under Article 13 of the ATIGA, ARISE focussed its substantive training on this key area and is planning to further support ASEAN Member States on the process of NTM identification and classification in order to comply with the mandate given by the ASEAN Free Trade Area Council Ministers.