Recognition pacts for ASEAN accountants, dentists, doctors

SINGAPORE, August 26, 2008 (AFP) – Southeast Asian economic ministers have signed agreements allowing their nations’ accountants, dentists and doctors to work in each other’s countries, officials said Tuesday.

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers signed the mutual recognition arrangements Monday on the eve of their annual gathering, a statement from the Singapore hosts said.

Under the pacts, ASEAN states will mutually recognise qualifications and standards covering accountants, dentists and medical practitioners so they can practice in any ASEAN country.

The accords will also ensure that professional standards in an ASEAN member state are maintained, monitored and regulated.

ASEAN has already signed similar arrangements covering architects, surveyors, engineers and nurses, the statement said.

The measures to facilitate movement of professionals within the region are part of ASEAN’s efforts toward economic integration, which include easing the flow of goods and services as well as investments.

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