The International Conference on Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professional (MRA-TP), Jakarta, Indonesia

The International Conference on Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professional (MRA-TP) was held on 8 and 9 August 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  It was co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat.  The Conference brought together almost five hundred participants comprising the high-level government officials from ASEAN and beyond, international tourism organisations, hotel and tourism associations, industries, educational/training institutions and the media with an aim to increase awareness to the various stakeholders of the MRA-TP.  AADCP II supported the participation of international speakers in this important event.   The Conference addressed a wide range of areas of mutual interest and challenges faced by ASEAN Member States, particularly on (a) expansion of MRA-TP to cover other areas, such as job-titles of Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE); (b) usage of English as basic communication requirement for implementation of MRA-TP including possible establishment of mechanism to assist potential trainees to fulfill this requirement; (c) facilitation of and support for potential participation of training and education institutions in ASEAN Member States; (d) strengthening of collaborations amongst industry, training and education institutions, and governments through respective National Tourism Professional Board (NTPB) to facilitate the exchange of best practices with the view to harmonizing and updating regional and/or international tourism competencies and curricula; and (f) improvement of facilitation on registration for ASEAN Tourism Professional and related stakeholders through ASEAN Tourism Professional Registration System....

ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System (ATPRS) is now live

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) on Tourism Professionals aims to facilitate mobility of tourism professionals within ASEAN based on a competency-based certification system. Through the support of the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Monitoring Committee, an ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System (ATPRS) was launched on 19 July 2016. ATPRS is a web based- based job-matching platform that aims to connect hotel and tourism industry with qualified ASEAN Tourism Professionals across ASEAN. More than 6,000 ATPs are expected to register in the first year of MRA implementation, with numbers expected to continuously increase in following years in line with the increased awareness about this arrangement. The ATPRS will be continuously developed to answer the needs of the industry. The system will be managed and maintained by a Regional Secretariat based in...

Project Briefs for eight PPP Projects ASEAN Public – Private Partnership (PPP) Programme is now published

Recognising the need to leverage private capital for the implementation of projects under the Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), a Project Briefs for Selected PPP Projects ASEAN Public – Private Partnership (PPP) Programme is now available for public access. The report contains briefs of eight (8) short listed ASEAN projects to be potentially implemented under various schemes of public-private partnerships (PPP) under the ASEAN PPP Programme. This report is produced as a guide for potential investors and interested parties to better understand priority infrastructure pipeline projects in ASEAN for potential PPP implementation. The project briefs were developed under the auspices of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), written by the World Bank, through the support of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme Phase II (AADCP II). Download the full publication...

The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) Forum and Seminar in Yangon, Myanmar

The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) Forum and Seminar was held on 20 – 21 July 2016 in Yangon, Myanmar. The theme of the event was “Positioning of Myanmar as an Investment Destination through ACIA”. The event was attended by government officials, private sector representatives, the Republic of the Union Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), and representatives from the embassies of ASEAN Member States and the Embassy of Australia for Myanmar. The forum highlighted the prominent features of ACIA and its potential benefits to Myanmar, and shared investors’ experiences of investing in Myanmar. The forum was the sixth ACIA Forum held in the region, following similar events in Bangkok and Singapore in April 2016.  More information about the event, click...

Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI)’s Stakeholder Forum and Regional Workshop – Formulation of IAI Work Plan III

The ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) II and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and Narrowing the Development Gap (IAI & NDG) Division held the Stakeholder Forum and the Regional Workshop in on 29 and 30 March 2016, following the national consultations held in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) in early March. The two events which were held in Jakarta is part of the AADCP II and IAI & NDG Division project called the Development of Post 2015 Work Plan for the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI). During the Stakeholder Forum, the representatives from ASEAN Dialogue Partners (DPs), Business groups and Industries and External Parties as well as representatives of all ASEAN Member States who are active in IAI shared their current programmes and future priorities in each strategic area of the proposed IAI Work Plan that was initially formulated during the national consultations, and discussed how they may coordinate and participate in the implementation of the Work Plan. The stakeholders also shared their concerns about the implementation process.               The Regional workshop held the day after the stakeholders’ forum which attended by ASEAN Member States (AMS), CLMV country officials from national capitals, and the ASEAN Secretariat discussed the proposed implementation mechanisms, with particular focus on national-level coordination. The participants through five small working groups, discussed and agreed on the objectives and actions to be included in each strategic area in Work Plan III. Next steps are the finalisation of the Work Plan and development of the monitoring and evaluation framework.        ...

National and regional consultations for the development of the IAI Work Plan III

2015 marks the end of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan II, which covered the period of 2009-2015. With it comes the need to start formulating a new Work Plan III for the period of 2016-2020. Based on lessons learned from previous IAI Work Plans, a more strategic approach is adopted for the development of the new Work Plan. This approach, which aims to ensure ownership and improve focus on outcomes and impact, includes close consultations with regional and national CLMV stakeholders. Through AADCP II support, a series of “policy labs” have recently taken place in the CLMV countries: in Vientiane-Lao PDR on 10-11 March 2016, in Phnom Penh-Cambodia on 14-15 March 2016, in Nay Pyi Taw-Myanmar on 17-18 March 2016, and in Hanoi-Vietnam on 21-22 March 2016. These policy labs aims to develop and prioritise specific actions in five proposed prioritised strategic areas, which include rural economies, MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), trade facilitation, education and labour market, health and well-being. Each policy lab was attended by between 15 to 25 government officials from various relevant ministries. The policy lab participants had intense discussions and produced a short list of focused actions, which will be the basis for developing the IAI Work Plan III. The consultations culminated in a 2-day meeting held in Grandhika Hotel Jakarta on 29-30 March 2016. The first day focuses on stakeholder consultation, in which ASEAN Dialogue Partners had the opportunity to provide feedback to the draft list of actions. The second day focuses on giving ASEAN government stakeholders to provide their input and discuss implementation arrangements to ensure effective and...