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ASEAN Negotiators Explore Ways for Liberalization of Trade in Services

Recognizing the importance of services trade liberalization for the successful formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, the USAID’s ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) project supported a workshop on Trade in Services Scheduling last month in Luang Prabang, Laos.Under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS), each ASEAN Member State (AMS)…

Rule of Law Roadshow in Cambodia

The Human Right Resource Center, with the support of USAID/RDMA, hosted a conference entitled “The Rule of Law in ASEAN: Prospects and Challenges for the Business Community in Cambodia for 2015 and Beyond”.Government and NGO officials, as well as representatives of business associations attended the event.  H.E. Dato Param Cumaraswamy, Advocate and Former Special Rapporteur…

Myanmar Officials Prepare for ASEAN Chairmanship in Washington, D.C.

In mid-December, USAID and the U.S. Department of State welcomed a delegation of ten senior officials from Myanmar to Washington, D.C. to discuss Myanmar's ASEAN chairmanship in 2014.Over the three days, the delegation had a number of fruitful meetings with officials from the U.S. Department of State, USAID, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of…

Myanmar Legal Changes for National Single Window is on the Way

In response to Myanmar Custom’s request to USAID to identify legal gaps in domestic laws, in November 2013 Prof. William J. Luddy, a world-renowned legal expert for trade facilitation, conducted a comprehensive legal gap analysis to identify potential barriers to the eventual operation of Myanmar’s National Single Window (NSW) and the interoperability between the Myanmar…

The United States and ASEAN Officially Launch New Cooperation Programs

On December 6, 2013, the United States celebrated 36 years of partnership with ASEAN with the launch of two new assistance programs.  The U.S. Agency of International Development and the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with other U.S. Government agencies, launched two new five-year programs based at the ASEAN Secretariat.  Carrie Thompson, Deputy Mission…

LMI Monthly News Feed – December 2013

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Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI)

Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), launched in 2009, is a multinational partnership among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States to create integrated sub-regional cooperation among the five Lower Mekong countries.  LMI serves as a platform to address complex, transnational development and policy challenges in the Lower Mekong sub-region.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjLLkc3o6Uw

Building Community Response for Good

By Kristie A. Kenney, U.S. Ambassador to ThailandOne month ago, we were stunned by the natural catastrophe unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan on our friends nearby in the Philippines.  Within days of the devastating storm on November 8, Thailand joined the international community in an outpouring of goodwill and humanitarian assistance.  Thailand contributed to the…

USAID Helps Public Awareness for Rule of Law in ASEAN

In anticipation of the establishment of an ASEAN community in 2015 and increased awareness on the importance of rule of law for business, the Human Rights Resource Center (HRRC), with the support of USAID, has engaged in a series of activities in Cambodia and Indonesia to highlight the impact any gaps in rule of law…

LMI Monthly News Feed – November 2013

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