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

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 Bank. The project is expected to complete by December...

ASEAN at 50: a Historic Milestone for FDI and MNEs in ASEAN

In 50 years ASEAN has come a long way economically, in part because of the region’s deep participation in the world economy, including through inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI). The level of FDI and the presence of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in ASEAN is formidable and will remain so in the future. This report tells ASEAN’s 50-year journey to becoming what it is now: a significant hub in MNE’s global production systems and value chain, and 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. Download the report...

ASEAN Investment Report 2017: Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Zones in ASEAN

The ASEAN Investment Report is a annual analytical report focusing on investment trends and prospects in ASEAN. This year’s Report examines the historical investment development of two Dialogue Partners of ASEAN, namely the European Union (EU) and India. Major multinational enterprises (MNEs) from these countries have been present in ASEAN in a wide range of industries. Many of them operate in multiple locations across the region in different segments of the value chains. The report also features the development of special economic zones (SEZs) in ASEAN, highlighting their roles in driving socioeconomic development and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) into the region. Download the report...

Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices

As ASEAN member states (AMS) move toward full realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), there is a need to promote intra-regional trade of agri-food products by improving food safety and sector competitiveness. One barrier to achieving this objective is the existence of at least 10 different national standards and conformity assessment systems for agri-food products across the 10 AMS. These quality assurance inconsistencies across borders create a great deal of uncertainty for buyers, effectively limiting their demand for agri-food products from within the region. To address these differences the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) have endorsed the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices, including good agricultural practices (GAP) for fruits/vegetables, good aquaculture practices (GAqP) for food fish, and good animal husbandry practices (GAHP) for poultry products including broilers and layers. These ASEAN Standards are designed to serve as a basis for determining equivalence of different existing national standards, or as a blueprint to be adopted for those AMS currently without national standards systems in place. While the ASEAN Standards have been written and endorsed, there remains a need to practically implement them at the regional and national levels in a way that will increase confidence and demand from buyers, promote uptake at the farm level, and foster appropriate levels of protection between trade partners. To address this issue, this study recommends the establishment of a Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA) that covers all three existing ASEAN agri-food standards, with flexibility for adoption of further agri-food standards. Download: Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices...