Digital trade presents a new wave of opportunity for Australia and ASEAN Member States (AMS) alike. It has the far-reaching potential to touch all aspects of the global economy, from agriculture to manufacturing, telecommunications, and service-based industries.

As trade transitions towards cross-border data flows and services trade, our economies need to be prepared. It is critical for governments and industries to align in adopting new digital technologies, ensuring interoperability and open data flows, and minimising border frictions. International Standards can help with this shift.

ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Initiative

Standards Australia is currently leading the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Cooperation Initiative.
This initiative was announced at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in Sydney in March 2018. The Special Summit was the first time Australia has hosted ASEAN leaders as a group, marking a new era in the ASEAN-Australia strategic partnership.
The then Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, announced the initiative at the Special Summit alongside 14 other initiatives, all aimed at expanding bilateral political and economic linkages between ASEAN and Australia and strengthening regional security and prosperity.
This initiative seeks to raise awareness on the role of international standards and address the key factors which enable and inhibit digital trade across ASEAN and Australia. Key activities include:
Standards Australia will continue to work closely with Australian and ASEAN stakeholders to successfully deliver on this collaborative project to support digital trade throughout the region.


Pamela Tarif

Pamela Tarif

Senior International Engagement Manager

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