AFTA - Chap10 Institutional Provisions
Chapter 10 - Institutional Provisions
Article 88 - Advisory and Consultative Mechanism
The ASEAN Consultations to Solve Trade and Investment Issues (ACT) and the ASEAN Compliance Monitoring Body (ACB) as contained in the Declaration on ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II) may be invoked to settle disputes that may arise from this Agreement. Any Member State who does not wish to avail of the ACT/ACB may resort to the mechanism provided in the ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism.
Article 89 - Dispute Settlement
The ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism, signed on 29 November 2004 in Vientiane, Lao PDR and amendments thereto, shall apply in relation to any dispute arising from, or any difference between Member States concerning the interpretation or application of this Agreement.
Article 90 - Institutional Arrangements
1. The ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) shall, for the purposes of this Agreement, establish an ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) Council comprising one (1) ministerial-level nominee from each Member State and the Secretary-General of ASEAN. In the performance of its functions, the AFTA Council shall also be supported by the Senior Economic Officials' Meeting (SEOM). In the fulfilment of its functions, the SEOM may establish bodies, as appropriate, to assist them such as the Coordinating Committee on the implementation of ATIGA (CCA). The SEOM, assisted by the CCA, shall ensure the effective implementation of this Agreement and, shall coordinate and be supported by technical bodies and committees under this Agreement.
2. Each Member State shall establish a National AFTA Unit, which shall serve a national focal point for the coordination of the implementation of this Agreement.
3. The ASEAN Secretariat shall:
(a) provide support to the AEM and AFTA Council in supervising, co-ordinating and reviewing the implementation of this Agreement as well as assistance in all related matters; and
(b) monitor and regularly report to the AFTA Council on the progress in the implementation of this Agreement.