ˇˇKUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The Economic Ministers of the Association
of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) signed here Friday three important economic
documents including the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) Agreement which is aimed at
ensuring faster clearanceof goods through the Single Window initiative.
ASEAN wants to cut customs clearance time for any single transaction to 30
minutes from the current three to four day average through the quickly
implementation of ASW Agreement.
ASEAN officials remain concerned that most member countries maynot be able
to quickly implement the ASW Agreement. As a result, they agreed that the ASW
Agreement will serve as a statement of commitment from member countries to
establish the ASEAN Single Window. The target date to establish the ASEAN Single
Window is 2012.
According to a statement, the ASW will be fully implemented by 2008 at the
latest for the ASEAN six (Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore,Thailand, the Philippines
and Indonesia) and by 2012 for ASEAN four (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam).
The Economic Ministers also signed two agreements on the ASEAN Harmonized Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulatory Regime and the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Engineering. Enditem