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....

ASEAN, Australia review implementation of development cooperation

JAKARTA, 21 April 2017 – ASEAN and Australia held the 11th Joint Planning and Review Committee (JPRC) Meeting of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta yesterday. The meeting reviewed the implementation of the AADCP II and planned on further enhancing programme implementation and cooperation. The AADCP II is an AUD$57 million programme, which started in 2008 and has been extended until 2019. The annual review and planning noted that AADCP II remains relevant and provided valued contributions in the ASEAN regional economic integration. The programme funds a range of projects and activities related to consumer protection, financial integration, agriculture, investment, tourism, ASEAN integration and ASEAN Connectivity. It supports ASEAN sectoral bodies through research and policy advice in key thematic areas, as well as helping to strengthen the capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat. The Programme Management Team of the AADCP II reported that 51 of 69 projects had been completed under the Rolling Prioritization Plan (RRP) covering the period July 2016 to June 2017. The meeting approved the RPP 2016-2017, in which AADCP II is programmed to provide USD 3.32 million to support five new projects, including support for the Study on Establishing an ASEAN Single Telecommunications Market Post-2015 and Process refinement and training of ASEAN Tourism Master Trainers and Master Assessors, among others. The programme will continue to contribute to ASEAN’s strategic framework, “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together.” Looking forward to the historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in March 2018, the JPRC noted that AADCP II remains a strong component of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Min Lwin,...

Third Regional Consultation on Models for Mutual Recognition of ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices

The third regional consultation meeting on models for Mutual Recognition of ASEAN agricultural best practices held on 21 to 22 March 2017 at the ASEAN Secretariat involving representatives from ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Livestock (ASWGL), the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi) and the Expert Working Group Meeting on ASEAN’s Good Agricultural Practices (EWG-GAP) as well as representatives from ASEAN Secretariat’s Divisions; Standard and Conformance Division, ASEAN Integration (IAI) and Narrowing the Development Gap Division and ASEAN Integration Monitoring Directorate. At the two-days meeting, representatives discussed and provided feedbacks to key elements of the preferred model option for mutual recognition; and examined its advantages and impact on trade and farm. The meeting also explored the format of an MRA and best ways forward for its implementation. At the forum, the representatives of Standard and Conformance Division; ASEAN Integration (IAI) and Narrowing the Development Gap Division shared the progress on Mutual Recognition Arrangement in other sectors and current works in the capacity development of CLMV countries in the implementation of ASEAN standards in crops, livestock, and fisheries. The final proposed model will be presented to Senior Officials Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF) on August...

Workshop on Toolboxes Improvement of ASEAN Tourism Master Trainers and Assessors

6 October 2016, Jakarta Representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam attended the Regional workshop today in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss the refinement of existing toolboxes for Master Trainer and Master Assessor developed in 2015. The refinement is made based on feedback from ASEAN Master Trainers and Assessors to ensure the quality of the competency-based training under the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professional. The workshop also identifies mechanism of certification of master trainers and master assessor and their roles in the implementation of MRA-TP. A draft guideline for MRA-TP Trainers and Assessors developed by the William Angliss’s experts is also being discussed with the participants. The guideline later on will provide a clearer and more accountable mechanism and procedures to the National Tourism Professional Board (NTPB) and the Tourism Professional Certification Boards (TPCB) -or its national equivalent- in managing the training and certification for national trainers and assessors. The workshop is held under the coordination of  the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat in the framework of the ASEAN – Australia Development Cooperation Program (phase II)’s support program for supporting the MRA-TP implementation....