IMDA participates in the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to facilitate cross-border trade and minimise trade barriers. IMDA also establishes Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) with other countries to reduce technical barriers for trade in telecommunications equipment.
FTA is an agreement between two or more countries to facilitate the export of Singapore ICM goods, services and investments into overseas markets. In doing so, Singapore companies can internationalise and compete in a level playing field. A list of existing FTA Partners can be found at IE Singapore's website.
MRA is an agreement between two countries that stipulates the mutual recognition of conformity assessment procedures. It eliminates the need and costs of re-testing and re-certification, thereby shortening the time-to-market for manufacturers and exporters of telecommunications equipment. Consumers will also benefit from lower costs and faster delivery time. Read more.