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....

ASEAN Leaders adopt Master Plan on Connectivity 2025

ASEAN Leaders adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 (MPAC 2025) on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The MPAC 2025 focus on five strategic areas: sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence and people mobility seeks to add value by complementing and synergising the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025, ASEAN sectoral work plans, and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III, as well as enhancing synergies with other sub-regional and inter-regional frameworks. The MPAC 2025, which succeeds the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2010, was developed taking account the results of the MPAC 2010 implementation review along with the feedbacks from relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and other stakeholders, with the support from ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Programme II (AADCP II). The Master Plan is available for download here Watch the MPAC 2025 video...

The second AFIF training for BCLMV Central Banks held in Hanoi

The second ASEAN Financial Integration Framework (AFIF) training course on “Bank Business, Governance Structure and Risk Management” was held in August 8 – 12 August 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam, following the first course on “Credit Risk” held in Myanmar in May 2016. Participants for both courses were central bank officers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. The training course through small working groups and case study exercise will enable participants to understand the major types of modern banking business models, bank’s balance sheet, major risks faced, and bank’s governance structure in relation to its risk management. The training is part of the AADCP II’s project “Capacity Building of selected ASEAN Countries for ASEAN Financial Integration Framework (AFIF) – Phase II which is a continuation of an earlier capacity building initiative of ASEAN funded by AADCP II and implemented by South East Asian Central Banks Research and Training Centre (SEACEN), aimed at bridging the capacity gaps among the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in understanding issues and implementing initiatives to support ASEAN financial integration. AADCP II is to support the next remaining AFIF course which will be held in Cambodia in late August...