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In accordance with Article 1, point (c), Member States liberalise trade in services in a significant number of sectors, within a reasonable period of time, through the ASEAN Convention on the Free Movement of Persons (MNP), an area of cooperation in the area of trade in services that came into force in 2016. People working in the goods and services trade, investors, business travellers, contract service providers and those seconded within the group will benefit from easier access to a temporary cross-border stay. NOTE that ASEAN Member States have mutual preference for future trade; AFAS provides guidelines for ASEAN member states to progressively improve market access and ensure equal treatment among service providers within ASEAN. 2. This framework agreement does not affect the right of Member States to conclude other agreements that are not contrary to the principles, objectives and conditions of this framework agreement. Specific commitment and agreement plans resulting from subsequent negotiations under this Framework Agreement and any other agreements, action plans and programs that flow from it are an integral part of this framework agreement. 3. After the signing of this framework agreement, Member States promptly inform the ASEAN secretariat of any agreement regarding or affecting the trade in services to which it is a signatory. ————————————————————————————————— 1. These agreements or arrangements are only for member states. When a Member State wishes to join such agreements or agreements, it should be given the same option at all times. 1 . This framework agreement or any action taken under this agreement does not affect the rights and obligations of Member States under the existing agreements2 to which they are parties.

ENCOURAGEANT their commitments to the rules and principles of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (`GATS`) and noting that Article V of the GATS allows for the liberalisation of trade in services between or between parties to an economic integration agreement; 2. Nothing within the meaning of paragraph 1 should be construed as such that a Member State accepts or concludes such mutual recognition agreements or arrangements. NOTE that economic cooperation within ASEAN will ensure a liberal trade framework for trade in services that would strengthen and strengthen trade in services between ASEAN member states; 3. The provisions of this framework agreement should not be construed as preventing a Member State from obtaining benefits or providing benefits to neighbouring countries in order to limit the exchange of both local and consumed services to adjacent border areas. The ASEAN Framework Agreement (AFAS) was signed on 15 December 1995 by ASEAN Economic Ministers, the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) in various professions and an agreement on the free movement of individuals (MNP) 1. Each Member State can recognise the training or experience gained, the requirements met or the licences or certifications issued in another Member State for the purpose of licensing or certifying service providers. This recognition may be based on an agreement or agreement with the Member State concerned or may be granted independently. The governments of Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (`ASEAN`); 3.

Compensatory payments are made on the basis of the MFN to all other Member States. 1 . A Member State may, at any time after three years from the date of the effective nature of this obligation, amend or withdraw any obligation in its specific commitment schedule: ————————————————————————————————- 2.