Australia to study easing non-tariff barriers to trade

President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Australia to study easing non-tariff barriers to trade such as the phyto-sanitary standards for the importation of tropical fruits.

The Chief Executive issued the call to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the ASEAN-Australia Summit held at the National Convention Center here.

The President noted that the implementation this year of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand free trade agreement has enhanced ties between ASEAN and Australia. He added that this can be enhanced further with the implementation of the master plan on ASEAN Connectivity.

“Greater physical connectivity between ASEAN countries would further improve inter-regional commerce by making it easier for goods and people to travel throughout the region. I urge Australia to participate more actively in this endeavor,” the President said.

The President also invited Australia to undertake enhanced cooperation with the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management.

At the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit, the President welcomed New Zealand’s proposal to convene an Integration Partnership Forum that will come up with recommendations for the future framework of economic cooperation between ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand.

He also expressed support to the re-establishment of the High Level Task Force to further assist ASEAN and New Zealand in the directions of their partnership. (PNA)

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