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ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand sign free trade agreement - February 2009

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On 27 February 2009 the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Australia, and New Zealand signed the Agreement Establishing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA).

Chapter 10 of the AANZFTA is designed to promote electronic commerce activities between the parties to the Agreement, and includes provisions calling for the enablement of electronic authentication and digital signatures, online consumer protection, online data protection, and paperless trade, as well as increased cooperation on e-commerce research and training between the parties.

Galexia has previously assisted the ASEAN Member Countries in harmonising their e-commerce legislation. At the completion of the Harmonisation of E-Commerce Legal Infrastructure in ASEAN Project, eight of the ten ASEAN Member Countries had enacted e-commerce legislation, while draft laws had been introduced in the remaining two.

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