E-commerce and the digital economy will be a key focus for Singapore when it takes over the Asean chairmanship next year. Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Education), yesterday said the country will also work to improve trade facilitation in a bid to help companies.. read more →

The Supreme Court of Thailand on Thursday affirmed a previous ruling in a landmark test case that 14 migrant workers from Myanmar be awarded Bt1.7 million to compensate for rights violations perpetrated against them by Thammakaset chicken farm in Lopburi province. The court dismissed Thammakaset’s second appeal requesting a compensation order made in August 2016.. read more →

Republic Act 9042 (RA 8042) or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act, states that a recruitment agency can charge a worker up to one month’s salary for recruitment fees, as outlined in the employment contract. Special guidelines also exempt household service workers and seafarers, who in 2015, comprised more than half of deployed OFWs, from paying any placement fees.. read more →

2017 Sep 09
September 9, 2017

Economic ministers okay Asean priorities

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has adopted nine out of 11 priority deliverables aimed at fostering further integration of the 10-member bloc, the Trade department said on Friday. These include the Asean Seamless Trade Facilitation Indicators (ASTFI) where the bloc will set benchmarks and targets towards making the region more conducive for doing.. read more →

2017 Sep 07
September 7, 2017

EU-Asean FTA pushed

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More than 50 percent of European businesses surveyed for an annual study felt that the lack of a region-to-region free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) put “the Philippines at a disadvantage,” the 2017 EU-Asean Business Sentiment Survey reported yesterday. While other factors—such as expansion plans.. read more →