The ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) Phase II is a long-term (2008-21), AU$57 million program that supports ASEAN ‘s goal of establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 and the post-2015 vision.
- ASEAN Economic Community Progress ASEAN Member States achieve AEC goals and ASEAN Secretariat captures this through its reporting systems.
- ASEC Capacity Strengthened ASEAN Secretariat capacity focuses on ASEAN owned and driven work programs with strategic planning and effective project management.
- Partnership The partnership approach increases development effectiveness, promotes greater trust, and supports mutual accountabilities and joint management.
The ASEAN-Australia Economic Cooperation Program (AAECP) was established in 1974 to promote cooperation between Australia and ASEAN in areas of agreed regional development priority. The program funded by the Australian Government, has evolved to keep pace with economic progress in South East Asia and the maturing nature of the ASEAN-Australia relationship. In August 2002 Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASEAN committing AU$45 million to the next phase, the ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP). This program had continued to support regional economic and social development cooperation and capacities. The program concluded in June 2008. After a one-year transitional period, the AADCP Phase II program was initiated.
ASEAN and Australia, through the ASEAN Secretariat and the Australian Government’s aid program, are delivering the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II in partnership. This means that ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat and the Australian Government work together to identify the program priorities, and jointly manage the delivery of the activities through an in-house team of project staff, project specialists and the ASEAN Secretariat officers. The partnership approach aims to strengthen ASEC’s capacity through hands-on joint activities, and improve the effectiveness of support through alignment, harmonisation and ownership. It will ultimately lead to greater trust and mutual accountability between the Australian Government and ASEAN.
Once the criteria are satisfied and the project is cleared by the PMT and subsequently finally approved by the JPRC, the project will be tendered (if a contractual arrangement is necessary) and then implemented.