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1995 ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

Short Title / Abbreviations

AFAS

CIL Subject Classification
Date of Adoption 15/12/1995
Place of Adoption Bangkok, Thailand at the 5th ASEAN Summit
Issued/Adopted by Economic Ministers of ASEAN
Dispute settlement provisions

Article VII ‘Settlement of Disputes’:

“1. The Protocol on Dispute Settlement Mechanism for ASEAN shall generally be referred to and applied  with  respect  to  any  disputes  arising  from, or any  differences between  Member  States concerning the interpretation or application of, this Framework Agreement or any arrangements arising therefrom.

2. A specific  dispute  settlement  mechanism may be established  for  the  purposes of this Framework Agreement which shall form an integral part of this Framework Agreement.”

This is one of the “Covered Agreements’ pursuant to Article 1.1 of the 2004 ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism read together with its Appendix I.

Depository

Not indicated, but records maintained by the ASEAN Secretariat

Entry Into Force Status In Force
Source

ASEAN Secretariat

Date of Entry into Force

12/08/1998

Entry into Force / Termination Provisions

Article XIV ‘Final Provision’:

“3. This Framework Agreement shall enter into force upon the deposit of instruments of ratification or acceptance by all signatory governments with the Secretary-General of ASEAN.”

Status
ASEAN States (Source:

ASEAN Secretariat

as of 21/03/2019)
Brunei Darussalam Signature 15/12/1995
Ratification 12/08/1998
Cambodia Accession 30/04/1999
Indonesia Signature 15/12/1995
Ratification 30/12/1995
Lao PDR Accession 23/07/1997
Malaysia Signature 15/12/1995
Signature 22/03/2002
Myanmar Accession 23/07/1997
Philippines Signature 15/12/1995
Ratification 18/03/1996
Singapore Signature 15/12/1995
Ratification 29/12/1995
Thailand Signature 15/12/1995
Ratification 30/07/1997
Viet Nam Acceptance 20/02/1997
Related Instruments
Protocols / Amendments to this instrument

Amendments:

2003 Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

 

General Protocols:

1997 Protocol to Implement the Initial Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

1998 Protocol to Implement the Second Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2001 Protocol to Implement the Third Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2004 Protocol to Implement the Fourth Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2006 Protocol to Implement the Fifth Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2007 Protocol to Implement the Sixth Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2009 Protocol to Implement the Seventh Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2010 Protocol to Implement the Eighth Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2015 Protocol to Implement the Ninth Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2018 Protocol to Implement the Tenth Package of Commitments Under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

Air Services Protocols:

The first package of commitments on Air Transport Services was made in the 1997 Protocol to Implement the Initial Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

The second package of commitments on Air Transport Services was made in the 1998 Protocol to Implement the Second Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

The third package of commitments on Air Transport Services was made in the 2001 Protocol to Implement the Third Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2004 Protocol to Implement the Fourth Package of Commitments on Air Service Transport under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2007 Protocol to Implement the Fifth Package of Commitments on Air Service Transport under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2009 Protocol to Implement the Sixth Package of Commitments on Air Service Transport under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2011 Protocol to Implement the Seventh Package of Commitments on Air Service Transport under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2013 Protocol to Implement the Eighth Package of Commitments on Air Service Transport under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2015 Protocol to Implement the Ninth Package of Commitments on Air Service Transport under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2017 Protocol to Implement the Tenth Package of Commitments on Air Transport Services Under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

Financial Services Protocols:

The first Package of Commitments on Financial Services was made in the 1998 Protocol to Implement the Second Package of Commitments under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2002 Protocol to Implement the Second Package of Commitments on Financial Services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2005 Protocol to Implement the Third Package of Commitments on Financial Services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2008 Protocol to Implement the Fourth Package of Commitments on Financial Services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2011 Protocol to Implement the Fifth Package of Commitments on Financial Services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2015 Protocol to Implement the Sixth Package of Commitments on Financial Services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

2016 Protocol to Implement the Seventh Package of Commitments on Financial Services Under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services

This instrument amends/supersedes

1992 Framework Agreement on Enhancing ASEAN Economic Cooperation

 

Related Instruments

1992 Agreement on the Common Effective Preferential Tariff Scheme for the ASEAN Free Trade Area

1995 Protocol to Amend the Common Effective Preferential Tariff Scheme for the ASEAN Free Trade Area

1998 ASEAN Framework Agreement on Mutual Recognition Arrangements

2000 e-ASEAN Framework Agreement

2003 Protocol to Amend the Agreement on the Common Effective Preferential Tariff Scheme for the ASEAN Free Trade Area for the Elimination of Import Duties

2004 ASEAN Framework Agreement for the Integration of Priority Sectors

2004 ASEAN Sectoral Integration Protocol for Air Travel

2009 ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement

2012 ASEAN Agreement on the Movement of Natural Persons

 

The Following WTO Instruments were referred to in this Agreement:

1995 General Agreement on Trade in Services

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Additional Information

Dates of ratification and accession given above were obtained from the ASEAN Secretariat’s Legal Instruments website and its electronic collection of instruments of ratification, accession and notification. Some of the dates given appear to be the dates of execution of the instruments of ratification/accession, rather than their date of receipt by the depository. 

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Note Article XIV ‘Final Provisions’:

“1. The terms and definitions and other provisions of the GATS [1995 General Agreement on Trade in Services] shall be referred to and applied to matters arising under this Framework Agreement for which no specific provision has been made under it.”

Note Article VIII ‘Supplementary Agreements or Arrangements’:

“Schedules of specific commitments  and Understandings  arising  from  subsequent  negotiations under this Framework Agreement and any other agreements or arrangements, Action Plans and Programmes arising thereunder shall form an integral part of this Framework Agreement.”

Note Article IX ‘Other Agreements’:

“1. This  Framework  Agreement  or  any  action  taken  under  it  shall  not  affect  the  rights  and obligations of the Member States under any existing agreements to which they are parties.

2.  Nothing in  this  Framework  Agreement  shall  affect  the  rights  of  the  Member  States  to  enter into  other  agreements  not  contrary  to  the  principles,  objectives  and  terms  of  this  Framework Agreement.

3.  Upon  the  signing  of  this  Framework  Agreement,  Member  States  shall  promptly  notify  the ASEAN Secretariat of any agreements pertaining to or affecting trade in services to which that Member is a signatory.”