The Future of ASEAN and Australian Digital Trade

15 February 2018

The impact on the Asia-Pacific region of new digital trade technologies, such as blockchain and cloud computing, as well as information security will be the focus of a survey conducted by Standards Australia.

Members of the public are being encouraged to shape the future of Australia’s digital trade efforts by providing comment through a survey of digital trade needs in Australia and across the ten countries of ASEAN. Results of the survey will contribute to ongoing work in Australia and Southeast Asia and recommendations to the Australian Government.

“The benefits of international digital trade will impact individuals, organisations, and Australia as a whole,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia. “It is because of this significant impact that Standards Australia is encouraging as many people as possible to express their view.”

The survey is open to all Australian and ASEAN stakeholders. Those in the information and communications technology industries and in digital trade are particularly encouraged to contribute.

“Standards Australia has, for many years, contributed heavily to International Standards development which in turn removes trade barriers and promotes economic cooperation and growth across the region,” said Dr Evans.

“The next decade will be crucial in terms of digital trade, and by playing a leading role in the development of an international framework, Australia will be well-placed to maximise the resulting benefits.”

Standards Australia successfully ran a similar program in late 2016 with hundreds of responses to the APEC Silver Economy survey. This survey significantly shaped the Silver Economy discussions paper, and its success has prompted the next survey on the region’s newest opportunity – digital trade.

“Standards Australia is eager to have as many industry participants as possible involved in this survey to help shape the way we collaborate with regional partners in digital trade,” said Dr Evans.

The survey is now open and closes Monday 26 March 2018. To access the survey, click here.

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