The Handbook “LIBERALISATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THROUGH MUTUAL RECOGNITION IN ASEAN” comprise four Handbooks published by the ASEAN Secretariat to provide guidance on the liberalisation of professional services in ASEAN, specifically Engineering, Surveying, Accountancy and Architecture professions.
The Handbooks are an important tool to disseminate information and create greater understanding of the liberalisation of the trade in the four areas of services within ASEAN. Through the Handbooks, ASEAN professionals will be able to obtain information on how to qualify and practice as per their professional qualifications, either as an employee, through collaborations or through the setting-up of commercial presence, in all ASEAN Member States (AMS).
Each of the Handbook discusses the definition of mutual recognition and Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA), models of mutual recognition and MRAs in several jurisdictions, and international and regional MRAs on the specific services. It then provides an overview of the qualification requirements and analyses various issues surrounding the liberalisation of the specific services in ASEAN. It also provides several proposals for reform of the liberalization of the specific services in ASEAN and offers a few concluding thoughts.