DTS Publications

ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards (DTS) Briefs

DIGITAL TRADE AND THE ROLE OF STANDARDS IN ASEAN

ASEAN’s digital transformation agenda underscores the importance of digital trade and the critical role that digitalisation plays in supporting trade facilitation and digitalisation. The adoption of harmonised digital trade standards can realize these goals by enhancing productivity and reducing costs; ensure the quality, reliability, and safety of goods and services; and promote an inclusive digital economy.

ASEAN-AUSTRALIA DIGITAL TRADE STANDARDS (DTS) INITIATIVE

The ASEAN-Australia DTS Initiative was established to support the greater implementation of digital trade standards by ASEAN Member States to increase digital trade for regional prosperity and security. The Initiative aims to support ASEAN in raising awareness on digital trade standards, engage in international standards fora, and adopt priority digital trade standards.

STANDARDS FOR INCLUSIVE DIGITAL TRADE

Digital trade standards are essential in fostering an inclusive and efficient digital economy. By establishing a common set of rules across borders, these standards harmonise operations, enabling businesses to expand into new markets with ease; while promoting financial inclusion for women; and enhancing accessibility for older persons and persons with disabilities.

STANDARDS FOR INCLUSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

AI is rapidly becoming central to the global economy. Different forms of AI are already transforming the way companies, governments and communities transact and interact. While there are benefits to AI in driving innovation and efficiency, it is also paramount to ensure fair, secure and responsible use of AI to mitigate potential challenges and risks around ethics, rights and safety, particularly to vulnerable groups such as women and children.

DIGITAL TRADE IN ASEAN: STANDARDS FOR DIGITAL TRANSACTIONS AND E-INVOICING

Digital trade presents a significant opportunity for ASEAN to further reinforce its regional integration agenda, promote inclusive development, and enhance economic prosperity. The role of international standards in digital transactions and e-invoicing can help to establish common protocols and contribute to greater access and inclusion across ASEAN.

STRENGTHENING DIGITAL LOGISTICS STANDARDS ADOPTION TO FACILITATE EFFICIENT, SAFE, SECURE, INCLUSIVE, AND SUSTAINABLE INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Digital logistics plays a vital role in the movement of goods and is a key determinant in economic integration and expanding access to the global markets. To this end, digital logistics standards can support ASEAN in growing an efficient, secure, interoperable, and sustainable connection to the global market.

STRENGTHENING STANDARDS ADOPTION TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE, INCLUSIVE, AND SECURE E-COMMERCE GROWTH

E-commerce can foster regional economic integration, empower Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to access international markets, and increase digital inclusivity in ASEAN. To this end, e-commerce standards can provide a framework to build a sustainable, inclusive, secure ecosystem.

LEVERAGING AI STANDARDS FOR INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE AI​

AI is crucial for the emergence of next-generation products and services contributing to the dynamism, inclusivity, and competitiveness of ASEAN’s digital economies. To this end, AI standards help ensure AI grows and matures in a fair, secure, and interoperable manner.

FURTHERING FINANCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH DIGITAL TRADE STANDARDS​

Digital transactions are the foundation of cross-border digital trade. As such, the interoperability of infrastructure, policies, and standards is key to supporting the rise of dynamic and inclusive digital economies.

ACCELERATING DIGITAL TRADE AND E-COMMERCE THROUGH E-INVOICING STANDARDS

Paperless trading, particularly e-invoicing, underpins the essential movement and exchange of data for trade across international borders. Thanks to e-invoicing standards, interoperable e-Invoicing systems can streamline processes for government agencies and businesses – especially MSMEs operating within and across Southeast Asia.

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