Asia region funds passport

In April 2016, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Korea signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for establishing and implementing the Asia Region Funds Passport, with Thailand signing in June.

Once it is implemented, a funds passport will 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.

The aim is for the funds passport regime to be operational in early 2019. In New Zealand, the rules and arrangements will be implemented under the Financial Market Conduct Act regime. Draft Financial Markets Conduct amendment regulations were shared with some interested parties in September 2018 for feedback.

Please let us know via if you would like to provide feedback on the draft regulations or discuss any aspect of the Funds Passport with us.

The Memorandum of Cooperation [PDF 6.5MB] can be found on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation website.

The Regulatory Impact Statement for joining the funds passport can be found here:

The previous consultation documents can be found here:

Ministers'  press releases can be found here:

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