At the 18th Australia-Malaysia Joint Trade Committee in August 2019, the Australian and Malaysian Trade Ministers directed officials to convene the inaugural Malaysia – Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) FTA Joint Commission (FJC) in early 2020, to stocktake bilateral trade and investment issues, including the parameters of a future general review of the Agreement.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking submissions from businesses and other interested stakeholders on MAFTA. This will inform discussions at the inaugural MAFTA FJC, which will consider implementation of MAFTA, as well as scope the parameters of a future general review. In particular, we are keen to understand the impacts of MAFTA on businesses or other groups in the community since the Agreement entered into force on 1 January 2013.
DFAT is looking to understand how opportunities in Malaysia for Australian businesses may have grown and/or changed under MAFTA, and which may include the following:
- whether conditions for access to the Malaysian market for Australian goods, services and investment have changed since MAFTA entered into force
- whether there have been any factors that have affected your industry's ability to expand exports or investment under MAFTA
- whether the outcomes of MAFTA have met business and other stakeholder expectations
- whether there have been any unintended impacts of MAFTA
- the effect of MAFTA on any administrative or regulatory costs on business, and
- whether there are remaining barriers to trade with, and investment in, Malaysia that might be addressed through a general review of MAFTA.
In your submission, you may wish to focus on how MAFTA has affected your business or sector. This may include information on changes to your exporting, importing or investment situation since entry into force of MAFTA, and significant changes to business conditions you may have experienced. We are also interested in hearing from businesses about how MAFTA may have affected their trade in specific goods or services with, or investment in, Malaysia, and would welcome product, service or investment-specific case studies.
Closing date for submissions
Submissions are requested by 31 January 2020.
Submissions and confidentiality
All submissions will be treated as public and may be published on this website, unless the author specifically requests that the submission, or part thereof, be handled in confidence. Unless otherwise requested, DFAT may publish the submission and the name of the submitting organisation or individual on its website. DFAT will not edit submissions prior to publishing. All details that have been included in a submission, including contact information, may be available on the DFAT website.
Respondents may request that all, or part, of a submission be treated as confidential. Material supplied in-confidence should be clearly marked 'IN CONFIDENCE' and be provided in a separate attachment to non-confidential material.
By making a submission, the author(s) agree to their submission, or part thereof, being used by the Commonwealth of Australia for Commonwealth purposes.
Submissions may be lodged as follows:
Email: Malaysia.FTA@dfat.gov.au (preferred)
Malaysia FTA Coordinator
Regional Trade Agreements Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
All submissions may be made publicly available on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise.