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...

Development of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) Work Plan 2017-2020

Status : Ongoing The ASEAN Tourism Ministers (ATM) signed the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) on 9 November 2012 aiming at facilitating the mobility of tourism professionals within the region. In 2010, the ATM endorsed the MRA-TP Follow-up Implementation Requirements 2010-2015 covering the plan to establish MRA infrastructure and capacity development for members of related organisations under MRA-TP at the regional and national level. Several projects and activities were carried out under this Plan, including, among others, establishment of 242 toolboxes for all divisions under MRA-TP, establishment of pool master trainers and master assessors, the conclusion of Regional Secretariat of MRA-TP agreement, and finalization of the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System (ATPRS). With most of the necessary regional infrastructure is in place, implementation of MRA-TP is now facing new challenges in operationalizing the instrument. Supporting Regional Secretariat of MRA-TP, maintaining and updating regional infrastructure, increasing the “buy-in” of MRA-TP, enhancing quality assurance of MRA-TP and recognition of prior learning mechanism are among those challenges faced at the regional level. While, at national level, challenges are also faced particularly on national regulations, establishment of national trainers and assessors, and certification mechanisms. There is a need to assess the progress of implementation to date and systematically identify these challenges, identify risks and opportunities, and develop a well-informed, results-oriented work plan that will guide the ASEAN Tourism Professional Monitoring Committee (ATPMC) in taking strategic actions to promote implementation of the MRA-TP. This project will have two outputs: a) the ASEAN MRA-TP implementation review, which will assess current progress in the implementation of the MRA-TP, test assumptions, capture relevant context, identify...

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

Status: Completed. This project produces the “ASEAN at 50, a Historic Milestone for FDIs and MNEs in ASEAN” publication, which was launched as part of the 50th year anniversary of ASEAN. The publication examines and documents the region’s achievements in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)/ Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) in the furtherance of economic development over the course of the last 50 years. With an extensive use of tables, charts, boxes/cases and infographics, it charts the evolution in the scale, scope and characteristics of FDI across ASEAN, thereby supporting the transformation of the region and its constituent Member States. ASEAN has grown from one among many developing regions seeking the attention of international investors to a region of choice for many MNEs. It is the only developing region with a significant and diverse level of regional integration and value chains, in large part led by MNEs, both foreign and increasingly from ASEAN. The publication will evaluate what has been achieved, explain how challenges have been addressed, and offer an analysis of FDI and MNE development in the context of past policies and AEC 2015 and 2025. The publication highlights how MNE strategies have evolved in the region over the years, including the symbiotic evolution of regional policy development and corporate strategies. Aspects covered includes the drivers, motivations and determinants of FDI in the region; key players among MNEs in the processes leading to stronger regional integration; regional production networks in the context of Global Value Chains and Regional Value Chains; and the overall impact of FDI and regional production networks on growth and development. Download report: ASEAN at 50: a Historic...

Process refinement and training of ASEAN Tourism Master Trainers and Master Assessors

Status: Completed. This project aims to develop a pool of ASEAN Master Assessors and Trainers for Travel Agencies and Tour Operations divisions. The Project reviewed and updated existing toolboxes for Master Trainer and Master Assessor developed by the Project on Training of ASEAN Master Trainers and Master Assessor for Front Office, Food and Beverage Services and Food Production Divisions completed in 2015. At the same time, the Project also identified mechanism of certification of master trainers and master assessor and their roles in the implementation of MRA-TP. In December 2016, the project supported the training for ASEAN Master Assessors and Trainers for Travel Agencies and Tour Operations Divisions and produce a tutorial training video to create better understanding and to ensure that future delivery of similar trainings will be consistent. Related project: Training of ASEAN Master Trainers and Master Assessor for Front Office, Food and Beverage Services and Food Production Divisions Development of the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System...

Addressing Gaps in the establishment of an ASEAN Consumer Protection Framework Phase I

Status: Ongoing. This project supports implementation of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan on Consumer Protection 2016-2025 (ASAPCP). It is in line with the need to develop a common ASEAN Consumer Protection Framework, which is Goal 1 in the ASAPCP. While this project will not support the establishment of the framework itself, it will address urgent legal, capacity and awareness gaps that hinder AMS from establishing such framework. It will produce five key outputs: ASEAN High Level Principles for Consumer Protection; ASEAN Consumer Protection Self-Assessment Kit; Teaching Tools to Apply Good Consumer Protection Practices in 6 Priority Sectors; Capacity Building Road Map 2017-2020; and ASEAN Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Guidelines. This project is expected to conclude in 2019. Related projects: Developing the ASEAN Post-2015 Consumer Protection Action Plan: Meeting the Challenges of a People-Centered ASEAN Beyond 2015 Strengthening Technical Competency for Consumer Protection in...