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Asia Region Funds Passport

New Zealand has been working with a number of other APEC economies to explore the development of a managed funds passport for the Asia region. A funds passport would allow a managed fund based in one jurisdiction to be offered more easily to investors in other participating jurisdictions. A similar passport initiative in Europe, known as Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities or ‘UCITS’, has been successful.

New Zealand and the Asia region will benefit from the creation of a managed funds passport. The funds passport is intended to provide New Zealanders and investors in the Asia region with access to a greater range of investment opportunities. It may also open up a new channel for international investment flows between New Zealand and participating economies in the Asia region, deepening the region’s capital markets and supporting the development and competitiveness of the region’s fund management industry.

Work on the funds passport commenced in late 2010. A number of APEC economies have been involved to date, including Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Since signing a Statement of Intent in September last year, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand and the Philippines have been working together to release a consultation paper on the funds passport, with a view to getting feedback on the detailed rules and arrangements for the passport.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is leading New Zealand’s involvement in the funds passport, in close cooperation with the Financial Markets Authority. A document on policy options for the Passport Rules was consulted on over April-June last year. We also held seminars in Auckland and Wellington about the funds passport. In response to the consultation, 28 submissions were received from across the six economies.

Following the consultation period, the working group refined the arrangements, taking submissions into account. In conjunction with the other participating APEC economies, we are now consulting on detailed draft rules for the passport. The closing date for consultation is 10 April 2015.

MBIE welcomes feedback on the funds passport initiative. Please let us know via investment@mbie.govt.nz if you would like to discuss any aspect of the Funds Passport with us.

The document and a feedback statement that summarises the key views expressed in the submissions and the treatment of those views can be found on the APEC website.

Please send your feedback to via the consultation portal.

The previous consultation document can be found here:


Ministers press releases can be found here:

Ministers press release - 16 April 2014

Ministers’ press release - 21 September 2013

 

The statement of intent for the funds passport can be found here:

 

For more information:

APEC Finance Ministers’ Process - See “Find Out More” for the latest update on the Asia Region Funds Passport.

 

Last updated 3 March 2015