AADCP II supports ASEAN to promote infrastructure development and connectivity

Senior officials and representatives from ASEAN Member States involved in infrastructure and connectivity matters discussed the project on Establishing the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects at an inception workshop on 18 -19 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop is part of continuous efforts to promote infrastructure development and attract more investments in the region through the development of a pipeline list of ASEAN infrastructure projects in a transparent and professional way that would support greater connectivity among the member states, the broader region and beyond. During the two-day workshop, the participants exchanged views on the objectives and methodology that would be used to develop the initial pipeline and provide inputs to the approach, as well as consider potential ASEAN infrastructure projects for inclusion in the pipeline. Country and sector breakout sessions were also held to provide an opportunity for more in-depth discussions. The workshop was attended by 106 representatives from ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) and Lead Implementing Body for Sustainable Infrastructure (LIB-SI), ASEAN Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting (AFCDM), Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM), Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME), and Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM), as well as the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the Ambassador of Australia to ASEAN. The project is funded by ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme Phase II financed by the Government of Australia and implemented by the ACCC and LIB-SI with the technical advisory services from the World...

ASEAN and Australia hold the 12th Joint Planning and Review Committee Meeting

ASEAN and Australia held the 12th Joint Planning and Review Committee (JPRC) Meeting of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 18 May. The meeting reviewed the implementation of the AADCP II and discussed further enhancement of program implementation and cooperation. The committee also approved the 2017-2018 Rolling Prioritisation Plan (RPP), including programming of around USD 6 million to support six recently approved projects. These include a feasibility study for ASEAN multilateral power trade and a project of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) to assess post-harvest losses, loss reduction technologies, and practices. Ambassador Min Lwin, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to ASEAN and Country Coordinator of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations, and Jane Duke, Ambassador of Australia to ASEAN, co-chaired the meeting. AADCP II will deliver up to AU$57 million between 2008 and 2019, supporting a range of projects and activities in support of the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together” particularly the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint, the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and IAI Work Plan III. The cooperation program plays a significant role in the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership, and supports a number of initiatives arising from the ASEAN – Australia Special Summit held in Sydney earlier this year, including ‘Establishing the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects’ and the ‘ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy’, both under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025. AADCP II works across AEC-priority sectors including infrastructure, agriculture, investment, services, tourism, consumer protection and financial integration. It supports ASEAN sectoral bodies through research and policy advice and support for...

ASEAN launches ASEAN Connectivity 2025 video series

The ASEAN Member States recently launched the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 video series at the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit on 12 November 2017 in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, to promote the vision of the Master Plan in advancing ASEAN Connectivity. The Master Plan envisions a seamlessly and comprehensively connected ASEAN that will promote competitiveness, inclusiveness and a greater sense of community. The launch attended by the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee, Australian Ambassador to ASEAN and other dialogue partners screened the first video in the series entitled ASEAN Connectivity: Connecting a Region. H.E Ms. Jane Duke during her speech at the launch mentioned “ the MPAC 2025 video is an excellent initiative of ASEAN’ part to help spur the interest of business, investors and other stakeholders to participate in and reap the benefits of ASEAN connectivity”. “It highlights ASEAN’s attractions, including its large, young and productive workforce, its large and growing consuming class, and the gains made in digital technologies” Remaining companion videos that will follow on each of the MPAC 2025 strategic areas namely sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence and people mobility will be released over the first half of 2018. The production of the videos has been supported by the Government of Australia through the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Phase II (AADCP II). Click here for more information on the MPAC 2025 and MPAC 2025 video can be found...

ASEAN Launches Investment Report 2017 and ASEAN at 50: A Historic Milestone for FDI and MNEs in ASEAN

The ASEAN Secretariat launched the ASEAN Investment Report 2017: Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Zones in ASEAN and ASEAN at 50 Publication: A Historic Milestone for FDI and MNEs in ASEAN at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit on 13 November in Manila, Philippines.  The ASEAN Investment Report is an annual report analysing investment and related issues in the region This year’s report—featuring economic zones development in ASEAN—examines the roles of different players and the development and contribution of economic zones, including in industrial agglomeration and in enhancing the competitiveness of the investment environment. The report was prepared under a technical cooperation arrangement between the ASEAN Secretariat and he United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The publication ASEAN at 50: A Historic Milestone for FDI and MNEs in ASEAN highlights ASEAN’s 50-year journey to becoming what it is now: a significant hub in MNE’s global production systems and value chain.  This report features how the enormous influx of FDI has driven economic growth, industrialisation and development across the region. The report also looks at the future of FDI and MNEs in ASEAN. Both publications are supported by the Government of Australia through the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Phase II (AADCP II). “ASEAN Investment Report 2017: Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Zones in ASEAN” can be downloaded here “ASEAN at 50: A Historic Milestone for FDI and MNEs in ASEAN” can be...

ASEAN publishes the 2017 ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS) Report

Jakarta, 11 August 2017, The ASEAN Statistics Division of the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEANStats) published the 2017 ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS) on 9 August 2017 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta in conjunction with the commemorations of ASEAN 50th anniversary and the second year the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The report examines where the ASEAN Community stands in various economic and socio-cultural indicators pertinent to the characteristics of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). The ACPMS report is to complement existing broader regional integration monitoring mechanisms, including community scorecards, sector-specific monitoring and surveillance tools. It is expected that the report will serve as a key reference and provides broad perspective for decision makers in the ASEAN Member States (AMS) and other stakeholders of development and regional integration, as they formulate and implement strategies for accelerating the ASEAN regional economic and socio-cultural integration agenda. The publication, the third of the ACPMS report series, is the end product of a project titled “Establishing the Mechanism to Enhance National Data Collection, Compilation and Dissemination for the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System” supported under the ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II. AADCP II also supported the 2012 ACPMS publication in 2013....