The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is building a regional Trade Repository, a web portal that will provide all information needed by a trader to conduct his business, particularly related to trade regulations and requirements.
In the Philippines, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leading efforts to establish the country’s own National Trade Repository as chair of the Committee for the Asean Economic Community (CAEC). The Committee is headed by Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. of the Industry Development Group of DTI.
“Integration efforts in the Asean region will harness technology to support the goals of the Asean Economic Community [AEC]. Trade repositories help facilitate the free flow of goods and services among member-states, and address ease of doing business issues across the region,” Cristobal said.
Traders often find it difficult to access information about permits and licenses they need in order to export or import a product.
Asean, with support from the European Union—Asean Regional Integration (Arise Project), together with the DTI will conduct a “National Workshop on the Asean Trade Repository (ATR)/National Trade Repository (NTR)/Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Notification Procedure under the Asean Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA)” in Manila this week. The activity is intended as a capacity building workshop for member-agencies of the Ad-Hoc Technical Working Group on the Philippine Trade Repository, which is tasked to establish the Philippine Repository. The lead agency for the undertaking is the DTI-Bureau of Import Services.
The highly technical 2-day workshop will bring together mid- to senior-level officials of relevant government agencies working on trade in Asean. The officials will discuss issues on the development of the ATR, including alignment with the member-state’s NTR, IT interface, definition of a Standard Classification System for the ATR, and standardization of notification forms.