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DTI-BPS holds ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Survey – Focus Group Session

DTI-BPS holds ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Survey – Focus Group Session

The ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Survey – Focus Group Session participants with Asec. Ernesto V. Perez and Ms. Elodie Journet (far right, seated)

The Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS), in coordination with the Standards Australia, held the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Survey – Focus Group Session at the Penthouse Board Room of the Board of Investments (BOI) Building in Makati City, Philippines last 11 May 2018.

The activity is part of the primary steps in actualizing the objectives of the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Joint Initiative which was announced during the ASEAN-Australia Summit held in Sydney, Australia on 18 March 2018. In the said conference, the Australian government stated its plans to work together more closely with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote and advance digital trade and support economic growth in the region.

The half-day assembly was opened by DTI-Consumer Protection Group Assistant Secretary Ernesto V. Perez who expressed his appreciation to Standards Australia for the initiative. Ms. Elodie Journet, Senior Trade Commissioner and Counsellor of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission briefed the participants of the importance, relevance and purpose of the session. She extended her appreciation to the DTI- BPS for hosting the event and to the present stakeholders for their participation in the activity.

The main part of the program proceeded with Standards Australia’s International Engagement Officer, Ms. Lucy Chalmers, who delivered an overview on the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Initiative. The first break-out session followed after where the participants were divided into three (3) groups to discuss and identify the key stakeholders in the digital sphere; the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the current Philippine digital framework and the primary changes and adaptations required in the Philippines in order to support the expansion of the digital economy. Ms. Erica Ferguson, International Engagement Manager of Standards Australia subsequently presented to the participants on digital trade and the role of international standards in it which was also followed by another break-out session.

To cap off the event, the participants were made to accomplish the Australian and ASEAN Digital Trade Survey which aim to ascertain the present digital infrastructure as well as the challenges, strengths and opportunities in standards harmonization in digital trade in the Philippines. The Survey results and analysis collected from all ASEAN member countries and Australia form the basis of the Recommendations Report that will be submitted by Standards Australia to the ASEAN and the Australian government.

The Philippines is Australia’s third visit to the ASEAN member-states to conduct the digital trade survey. ASEAN and Australia expect to utilize the survey results in the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Workshop in August 2018.

Standards Australia is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental standards organization in Australia which serves as the country's member representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It’s counterpart in the Philippines is the DTI-BPS.

For more information on technical standards and standardization activities in the Philippines, please call DTI Direct 751.3330 or visit the BPS web portal at www.bps.dti.gov.ph.

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