Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS). AFAS was signed by the ASEAN Economic. Ministers (AEM) on 15 December in. Bangkok, Thailand. It aims to. The services sector is a sizeable and continuously expanding component of GDP in ASEAN countries. On average, the services sector contributes % of. Free flow of trade in services is one of the important elements in realising ASEAN Economic Community, where there will be substantially no.
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Monday, September 17, – Philippines, Indonesia Agenda migration-relevant and related target Adean International cooperation and governance of migration Irregular migration and regular pathways Tags: Those engaged in the trade of goods and services, investors, business visitors, contractual service providers, and intra-corporate transferees are given easier access for temporary cross-border stay.
AFAS is recognized as a good practice, negotiated through government-to-government arrangements, facilitating regional mobility, allowing for the mutual protection of interests of the migrants and of sending and receiving states. GFMD Roundtable 2.
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ASEAN currently has MRAs that facilitate the mobility of professionals for six sectors, and framework agreements in place for two more: Success factors AFAS is recognized as a good practice, negotiated through government-to-government arrangements, facilitating regional mobility, allowing for the mutual protection of interests of the migrants and of sending and receiving states.
Constraints and challenges There are variations in each MRA which make standardization difficult within each sector.
An engineer, who must already hold a license issued by the regulatory body of the country of origin, must also have at least seven years of experience in the field. Even with the occupations governed by MRAs, horizontal and vertical mobility are limited.
These MRAs also afaz no protections for unskilled migrant workers.
Even within the short list of professional fields covered by MRAs, the entry-point can be difficult. Some companies who afae to engage foreign workers are required to demonstrate that there will be a transfer of skills and knowledge to local employees, who are expected to eventually be replaced by locals.
ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) | Global Forum on Migration and Development
Others require companies to prove that the position cannot be filled by local employees. Some even have constitutionally barriers for foreigners practicing certain occupations.
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