Albanese outlines plan to deepen digital ties to ASEAN

Brandon How

Facilitating cross-border data flows and supporting interoperability of digital technology between Australia and Southeast Asian nations is a key focus of the Albanese government’s new economic strategy, which calls for ambitious digital trade rules to be pursued across the region.

E-commerce represents the biggest share of digital trade between Australia and Southeast Asia (SEA), with demand growing for Australian digital services in software development, digital marketing, and cybersecurity also highlighted in the report.

Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040 was launched by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Jakarta on Wednesday. It calls on Australia to “expand coverage of ambitious digital trade rules and standards, and promote interoperability through digital trade rules negotiations, advocacy and capacity building”.

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