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Industry Participation in Policy Development

Brunei, Cambodia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal,
and Pakistan do not accept or endorse policy or legislative drafts by or in collaboration with the tobacco industry, nor do they invite the tobacco industry to sit at meetings where policies are decided. However, some meetings do occur between the government and the tobacco industry when necessary for regulation.

There are no domestic tobacco producers or manufacturers in Brunei and Maldives. In Maldives, the tobacco industry is instead represented through tobacco distributors. Distributors that are also involved in other retail businesses such as food, beverages, and cosmetics, may provide an avenue of access to the government.

In Cambodia, a few non-health ministries had meetings with the tobacco industry.The Ministry of Economy and Finance conducted several meetings, where representatives from the Association of Tobacco Industry of Cambodia (ATIC) presented JTI-sponsored research findings on illicit tobacco trade, and the Cambodian government listened to their recommendations. In Nepal, in meetings called by government offices, tobacco industry representatives participate through various national business organizations such as the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Confederation of Nepalese Industry (CNI) and other commercial organizations.

Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines7view the tobacco industry as a legitimate stakeholder in tobacco control, and so allow the participation of the tobacco industry in policy development.