Asia Institute Tasmania

Public Lecture | Food Safety Legislation in Malaysia: Implications for ASEAN


Associate Professor Evelyn Devadason, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya

Start Date

20th Sep 2016 5:30pm

Regulatory heterogeneity continues to be identified as a challenge for food trade in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as the progress of harmonization of food standards among Member states remains slow. One reason is the information shortcomings on the types and forms of standards and regulations imposed by Member economies, as the existing databases lack complete information.

For this purpose, there is a need for a nuanced understanding on the non-tariff measures imposed by the Members, not just for recognizing regional measures, but also allow for Members to adopt each other’s regulations, and plausibly harmonize some standards within the region.

Using a new and comprehensive database on non-tariff measures, the lecture details the trade incidence of these measures from the Malaysian perspective to offer some insights to the standards harmonisation process in ASEAN.

Specifically, the lecture will address the following questions. How regulated is the food sector in Malaysia relative to the other ASEAN member economies? Do standards and regulations in Malaysia affect food imports from ASEAN? What are the implications for the harmonization of standards and regulations on food trade in the ASEAN region? What types of regulations and food products need careful attention?

E DevadasonEvelyn S. DEVADASON is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her research focuses on international trade and regional integration. This lecture is part of her ongoing research with Kaliappa Kalirajan (Australian National University) and VGR Chandran (University of Malaya).

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