Assessment of the post-harvest losses and post-harvest loss reduction technologies and practices for a seasonal fruit with high export value and/or export potential in CLMV countries

Status: Ongoing. Post-harvest losses in Southeast Asia remain a persistent problem, and are very high in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam (CLMV countries). Reducing post-harvest losses in fruits in CLMV countries is particularly important as CLMV countries export a large proportion of their seasonal fruits. Access to post-harvest reduction technologies and/or practices would directly benefit farmers and help to improve the total volume and value of exports. CLMV countries would benefit from a project which examines current post-harvest loses in a seasonal fruit of common importance and identifies hands-on training on low cost technologies/ practices to reduce losses. This project will assess post-harvest losses along the value chain and identify the capacity building and technical assistance requirements of CLMV countries to implement low cost and easy-to-use technologies and/or practices to reduce post-harvest losses in the selected seasonal fruit (i.e. mango, lychee, and dragonfruit) with high export value and/or export potential in CLMV...

Feasibility Study for ASEAN Multilateral Power Trade

Status: Ongoing. Electricity demand in ASEAN is projected to grow faster than any other final form of energy, accounting for 56% of growth in total energy demand until 2040. As a result, the ASEAN Member States (AMS) will collectively need to construct 350 gigawatts of additional generating capacity, more than double what exists today. This will require an estimated USD 600 billion in generation investments and USD 730 billion in transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure. These investments can best be supported through increased regional power integration and, in particular, through the enhanced implementation of a regional ASEAN Power Grid (APG) whereby excess power and reserve capacity can be beneficially shared. This project will identify and recommend possible frameworks and schemes to facilitate multilateral electricity trading in the ASEAN Power Grid. The project will produce a comprehensive feasibility study to accelerate the realisation of the APG multilateral power trade. It is expected, among other things, to deliver not only recommendations but also operational options for APG multilateral power trade.This project is implemented in partnership with the International Energy Agency...

Strategic Planning Support for Programme Cooperation and Project Management Division of the ASEAN Secretariat

Status: ongoing. Within the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), Programme Cooperation and Project Management Division (PCPMD) is responsible for strengthening project management in the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and supporting development cooperation programmes and projects in ASEAN and between ASEAN Member States (AMS) and its partners. This project will develop a Terms of Reference for PCPMD, highlighting its roles and responsibilities in the following focus areas: (1) programme cooperation; (2) development and implementation of a project management framework; (3) development and implementation of a ASEAN projects database; and (4) project management leadership. It will identify any changes in the business processes and mechanisms as well as capacity gaps within PCPMD and ASEC, that are required for PCPMD to implement its mandate effectively. It will also provide PCPMD with a strategic plan to promote and implement those changes, and address those...

Study to Advance Sustainable Urbanisation in ASEAN

Status: Ongoing With the increasing pace of urbanisation comes the immediate need for cities in ASEAN to provide adequate urban infrastructure.  This need is reflected in the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, which aims to advance sustainable urbanisation and scale up the sharing of smart urbanisation models across cities in the ASEAN Member States (AMS). Given the various efforts and available expertise already existing in ASEAN, it is important for all stakeholders to have a common understanding, consolidate experiences and exchange “know-how” on developing cities in a liveable and sustainable way. This project will define and undertake scoping of cooperation for sustainable urbanisation in ASEAN, specifically identifying prioritised areas of work related to sustainable urbanisation that can quickly yield an agreed regional outcome.  It will take stock of various initiatives, and share results and lessons learned from relevant past and current regional, national and sub-national initiatives. Once a common understanding is reached with priority area(s) identified, a roadmap describing time-specific targeted actions or activities can be identified.  This project will also develop initial indicators of sustainable urbanisation performance as a baseline for future measurement, or make reference to existing indicators developed by various...

Establishing the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline List of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects and Conduct of Pre-Feasibility Studies

Status: Closed This Project responds to the first objective under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 strategic area on Sustainable Infrastructure of increasing public and private infrastructure investment in each ASEAN Member State, as needed, by establishing a rolling priority pipeline list of potential ASEAN regional infrastructure projects and identifying possible sources of funding whether public, private or a combination thereof. In particular, this Project aims to i) set criteria for eligibility of projects to be included in the pipeline, ii) establish a template based on the criteria to standardize information to be provided by ASEAN Member States for projects that are proposed to be included in the pipeline, iii) carry out an assessment of the proposed projects and construct a rolling priority pipeline, iv) select up to 10 projects for which pre-feasibility studies should be developed, v) conduct the pre-feasibility studies for the selected candidate projects, and vi) present at the pre-feasibility studies and overall pipeline to investors. The Project also aims to map out the capacity building needs of each Member State that would be required to sustain the process for infrastructure prioritization and feasibility evaluation. This project is implemented through collaboration with the World...