August 19, 2016

ASEAN to launch information portal to ease regional trade

THE Myanmar Department of Trade has announced the launch of a website called ASSIST, which will act as an information portal for ASEAN businessmen to access information about the business practices, rules and regulations of their counterparts and governments in other ASEAN countries.
It is reported that the website will be launched after the coming ASEAN Summit, which will be held in Malaysia in September.
“The website is being organised by ASEAN in order to make life easier for businessmen from ASEAN countries.
It aims to benefit the traders and businessmen across ASEAN,” said Daw Win Min Phyo, deputy director of the Department of Trade.
The website can be accessed at It is expected to serve as a help-desk to answer the questions of ASEAN businessmen. It will be supervised by the ASEAN Secretariat.
Businessmen who wish to ask questions on the website must be from registered companies in their respective countries, while all queries will be checked within 10 working days by staff from the ASEAN Secretariat before being additionally checked by respective ASEAN member state departments within an additional 10 working days. As such, questions will receive replies within 40-60 days, it is reported.—Myitmakha News Agency


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