The ASEAN-CER Integration Partnership Forum
The ASEAN-CER Integration Partnership Forum (IPF), is a collaboration between the governments of New Zealand and Australia.
Launched at a meeting of the Prime Ministers in 2011 the IPF builds on the free trade agreement negotiated between Australia, New Zealand and the ten ASEAN Member States in 2009.
For all the natural rivalry and competition that will always exist between our two countries... it is together that we seek to improve the lives of all our citizens — Prime Minister John Key, 16 February, 2011, Wellington
Sharing lessons learned
Through the IPF CER partners can share the lessons learned from nearly thirty years of the CER/Single Economic Market (SEM) journey with ASEAN countries. These insights could be useful for ASEAN in its ongoing process of regional economic integration.
We took sheltered, insular economies and opened them to the world through the remarkable reforms of the 1980’s and 90’s. At the same time we opened our economies to each other creating a degree of integration that is unparalleled throughout the world. — The Hon Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, 16 February 2011, Wellington
Six IPFs have been held to date, covering general regional economic integration issues; services trade; competition policy; non-tariff measures in agri-food trade, and standards and conformance. Speakers have been drawn from the senior ranks of government, business and academia.
May 2017 — Auckland
The most recent IPF took place in Auckland, on 31 May 2017, co-chaired by Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Michael Mugliston, Special Negotiator, FTA Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. While past years have focused on sector specific issues, a broader theme of “economic integration in challenging times” was selected for this year given the concurrence with the general review of AANZFTA.
Speakers' presentations from May 2017 IPF sessions
Session 1: Setting the Scene
Why regional economic integration is important in challenging economic times [PDF, 132 KB] - Professor Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
Closer economic relations – key principles and the state of trans-Tasman integration [PDF, 239 KB] - Simon Murdoch, Deputy Chair, Asia NZ Foundation
Session 2: Revitalising the Single Economic Market
The transition from “at the border” to “behind the border”” [PDF, 391 KB] - Alison Duncan, Counsellor, Australian High Commission, Wellington
The single economic market agenda – the business angle [PDF, 300 KB] - Stephanie Honey, Associate Director, New Zealand International Business Forum
Session 3: Engaging with the broader region
Regional economic integration: ASEAN and its importance to Australia and New Zealand [PDF, 2.6 MB] - Greg Earl, Former Deputy Editor and Asia Pacific Editor, Australian Financial Review
How ASEAN can work to realise a well-integrated and connected economy within the global system by 2025, and what can be learnt from CER integration [PDF, 944 KB] - Dr Ponciano Intal, Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Previous presentations from IPF seminars
June 2011: CER/SEM - a unique integration pathway
Powerpoint presentation [PPT, 276 KB]
May 2012: Regional economic integration: the CER approach to a single market for services
Introductory remarks by New Zealand [PDF, 22 KB]
The Current Status and Perspectives of Economic Integration in ASEAN and Extended East Asia [PDF, 2.1 MB] — ERIA: ASEAN Integration overview
Trade in Services [PDF, 292 KB] — academic perspective
Impact of CER on Beca - A Services Company Perspective [PDF, 203 KB] — business perspective
Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement [PDF, 299 KB] — policy perspective
Mutual Recognition in the trans-Tasman Single Economic Market [PDF, 1.8 MB] — academic perspective
Plumbing [PDF, 1.1 MB] — case study
June 2013: Competition policy in an integrated market: the CER approach
Competition policy development in New Zealand [PPTX, 320 KB] - Lewis Evans, Professor of Economics Victoria University of Wellington. Research Fellow, NZ Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation.
International Cooperation between competition agencies [PPTX, 480 KB] - The ACCC perspective on cooperation with the NZCC - Marcus Bezzi, Australian Competition & Consumer commission
Development of Competition Policy, Economic Benefits and Reform Processes: Australia’s experience [PPTX, 291 KB] - Paul Gretton - This presentation is for general use only i.e. not for quotation or attribution – Please refer to the suggested reading list below
Paul Gretton – suggested reading [PDF, 306 KB]
CER, competition policy and enforcement cooperation between Australia and New Zealand [PPTX, 883 KB], Kate Morrison, General Manager Competition, Commerce Commission
A Practitioner’s Perspective on International Enforcement Cooperation [PPTX, 4.4 MB] - Luke Woodward, Gilbert Tobin Lawyers.
March 2016 — Melbourne
The most recent IPF took place in Melbourne, on 15 March 2016, and looked at CER goods trade, focusing in particular on the standards and conformity assessment architecture that has developed over the last thirty years.
The following presentations from the March 2016 IPF in Melbourne are available to download:
Overview of CER cooperation in the market for goods, and the importance of the standards and conformance infrastructure to business and trade
Milton Churche, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [PDF, 442 KB]
David Dewar, New Zealand High Commission to Australia [PDF, 765 KB]
The TTMRA framework for goods
Chris Preston, Food and Grocery Council of Australia [PDF, 592 KB]
Cooperation on standards and conformance infrastructure, including approaches to accreditation
James Galloway, JAS-ANZ [PDF, 850 KB] [PDF, 260 KB]