KOTA BAHARU, March 1 (Bernama) — Member countries will continuously reduce non-tariff measures and non-tariff barriers for freer intra ASEAN trade, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed Sunday.
Mustapa said 69 non-tariff measures had been identified, and of this, 45 had been resolved.
“We have decided to make more progress. We have identified many more and we will try to resolve those,” he told a press conference on the final day of the 21st ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat (AEM) here.
The Economic Ministers also proposed to form a mechanism to deal with non-tariff measures in facilitating the movement of businesses within the region.
“We are looking at a formal platform. We are talking to the European Union, to see how we can share best practices with them,” said Mustapa.
ASEAN Deputy Secretary General for the ASEAN Economic Community Dr Lim Hong Hin said a systematic mechanism would be developed to allow the private... Read More