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DFAT General Review of Malaysia Australia Free Trade Agreement

The International Law Section (ILS) of the Law Council of Australia (Law Council) welcomes the General Review of the Malaysia Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) which came into force on 1 January 2013.

The ILS agrees with the Department that it is timely to review the objectives of MAFTA to assess the ongoing relevance and effectiveness of the Agreement; to determine whether there may be opportunities for Malaysia to further liberalise its legal services market; and for Australia and Malaysia to engage on opportunities to further expand bilateral trade and investment.

The DFAT General Review is also timely having regard to the dynamic conditions in the Asia Pacific Region and in response to the first Australian Government Comprehensive Services Export Action Plan which was released in April 2021.1

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