Policy Lab Workshops – Development of Post 2015 Agenda for ASEAN Connectivity

The AADCP II and ASEAN Connectivity Division of ASEAN Secretariat held five series of policy labs on 15 -19 February in Singapore as part of process to formulate the Post -2015 Agenda for the ASEAN Connectivity.  The labs brought together 100 participants, brought together almost 100 key experts from various government line ministries, private and social sectors to brainstorm on prioritized issues of five strategic areas of connectivity specifically on; sustainable infrastructure; digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence, and education, skills and travel mobility with attempts to develop specific initiatives and implementation plans. The development of post 2015 agenda for ASEAN connectivity has started since July 2015, with the survey on global developments and emerging trends, followed by the comprehensive review of the implementation of the current Master Plan of the ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC). The next steps to the policy labs are the refinement of draft initiatives and implementation plans, followed with in-depth consultations with key experts, and finalization of the Post 2015 ASEAN Connectivity Agenda.  The Master Plan ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 will be formally released during the ASEAN Summit in 2016....

ASEAN Investment Report 2015: Infrastructure Investment and Connectivity

The ASEAN Secretariat and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched the ASEAN Investment Report 2015: Infrastructure Investment and Connectivity at the ASEAN Business Summit 2015 at the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit on 20 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This publication was prepared with the support of the Government of Australia through the ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II). ASEAN Investment Report is an annual publication on the development of investment and other related issues in the region. This year, the ASEAN Investment Report reviews the rise of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows into ASEAN and highlights the role of corporate players in infrastructure development and regional connectivity. Improved infrastructure is essential for sustaining economic growth in ASEAN as it enhances logistical efficiency, reduces transaction costs and supports greater flow of trade and investment. The ASEAN Investment Report 2015 is now available for download here and at the InvestASEAN website....

ASEAN Services Integration Report (ASIR)

Officially released on 5 November 2015, the ASEAN Services Integration Report (ASIR) is a Joint Report by the ASEAN Secretariat and the World Bank aimed at contributing to the on-going discourse on ASEAN services integration and more broadly on regional economic integration.  It is one of the key deliverables of the ASEAN Community Monitoring and Evaluation Program (AECMEP), a four-year collaborative program between the ASEAN Secretariat and the World Bank that concludes in 2015, and which was supported by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II. ASIR takes stock of ASEAN’s achievements in services integration, including a focused assessment of ASEAN services policies; delineates the potential gains from further integration; and highlights the remaining challenges. It also puts forward recommendations for further development of ASEAN services agenda more broadly for post-2015. In particular, ASIR suggests areas beyond the services liberalisation commitments for which integration can be deepened and the benefits maximised, such as through regulatory cooperation. To download ASIR, click...

Second Training Of Trainer (ToT) for Strengthening Technical Competency for Consumer Protection in ASEAN

Thirty-eight participants from various AMS agencies attended the Second Train-the-Trainer Workshop to Strengthen Technical Competency on Consumer Protection in ASEAN in Manila, Philippines last 5-7 October 2015. The workshop included break-out session covering three key areas, namely: 1) product safety and labelling; 2) phone, internet and e-commerce; and, 3) healthcare services. A previous workshop in Ha Noi, Vietnam dealt with consumer credit and banking, environment, and professional services. These workshops are subsumed under the project “Strengthening Technical Competency for Consumer Protection in ASEAN” intended to support the need for improved technical and institutional capacity within consumer protection agencies in ASEAN. It is an offshoot of 2011 AADCP II funded project, “Roadmapping Capacity Building Needs in Consumer Protection in ASEAN” which highlighted the human and institutional capacity gaps and recommendations for consumer protection agencies in AMS. Detailed information on the Manila workshop can be found...

First Full-Scale Training to Strengthen Technical Competency on Consumer Protection

“Strengthening Technical Competency for Consumer Protection in ASEAN” is one of the projects that stemmed from the “Road-mapping Capacity Building Needs in Consumer Protection in ASEAN” which AADCP also supported in 2011. The project intends to build and/or strengthen capacity of government agency personnel through the design, development and delivery of training programs, modular components and materials, focusing on technical requirements involving consumer concerns and demands in 6 core areas, namely: 1) Product safety and labelling; 2) Phone and internet services, and e-commerce; 3) Consumer credit and banking; 4) Environment; 5) Healthcare services; and 6) Professional services. In addition, it incorporates a range of “soft skills” required to facilitate customer redress such as how to handle and resolve complaints. The first training workshop covering the 1st cluster of issues (Consumer Credit and Banking, Professional Services and Environment) took place in Hanoi, Vietnam from August 31 to September 2, 2015. Manila, Philippines will be the venue of the next training workshop on October 5-7, 2015 encompassing the remaining issues.          ...
Pilot Training Workshop on Consumer Protection – Strengthening Technical competency

Pilot Training Workshop on Consumer Protection – Strengthening Technical competency

A five-day pilot training workshop was convened by ASEAN Secretariat in cooperation with UNCTAD on 27 – 31 July 2015 at the ASEAN Secretariat. The workshop was attended by representative of consumer protection agencies from the ASEAN Members States and relevant divisions of the ASEAN Secretariat such as Health and Communicable Diseases Division and Trade and Facilitation Division. The objective of the workshop was to confirm and finalise the 20 training modules and materials targeted for consumer protection enforcers. It is to ensure that the training modules are adaptable and replicable for AMS to tailor it to into country-specific contexts. The training modules cover six areas as identified in the AADCP II Project Report on “Road-mapping Capacity Building Needs in Consumer Protection in ASEAN” (AADCP report) in 2011. These areas are: Product safety and labelling; Phone and internet services, and e-commerce; Consumer credit and banking; Environment; Healthcare services; and Professional services. Once finalised the training modules will be used to deliver training program, AADCP II will support two pilot training program targeted for senior officials of consumer protection agencies in third quarter of this year. It aims at building a group of ASEAN consumer protection trainers from relevant government agencies who can then deliver and support colleagues in undertaking the training in the future and able to feed competencies gained into the development of consumer protection in their countries which later contribute in raising the level of compliance with consumer protection laws and regulations in their respective...