• Pan Asian Trade Forum Meets in Macao SAR

    Macao SAR, 8 December 2007 – The Pan Asian e-commerce Alliance (PAA) held its 27th Steering Committee meeting in Macao SAR from 6-7 December.

    The member economies of the PAA account for approximately 30 per cent of world trade. The countries and economies involved include Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

    Welcoming Mr Francis Tam, Secretary for Economy and Finance Department, Macao SAR as guest of honour, Mr Amiruddin Abdul Aziz, the Chairman of the PAA, said that the PAA had grown in 7 years from an idea on business collaboration to an internationally recognised body for facilitating secure cross border paperless trade.

    “PAA is receiving an increasing number of requests to share its experiences on PKI Frameworks and message standards from governments and international organizations”, he said.

    “The spirit of PAA is unique. PAA is a grouping of members with equal rights and benefits. Every member strives to assist other members, irrespective of the size of their economy and their levels of progress. These are the attributes that make us formidable and admired by many”.

    The PAA marked another milestone with the inaugural presence of Associate Members, NACCS of Japan and Tradegate of Australia.

    “By the 28th meeting, I hope to include another new associate member from the Philippines.” Mr Amiruddin said.

    The 28th PAA Meeting will be held in Kyoto, Japan in April 2008.