Work Planning Assistance for the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) 2021-2025

Status: Ongoing. The IAI Work Plan III (2016-2020) is expiring on 31 December 2020. There is a need to prepare a new IAI Work Plan, which will chart the strategic objectives, specific targets and indicators for the remaining period of the ASEAN 2025 – Forging Ahead Together. This project consists of two main components: (1) development of the new IAI Work Plan, which will be an attendant document of the ASEAN 2025 – Forging Ahead Together and will be presented to the ASEAN Leaders for adoption in November 2020; and (2) development of the IAI Implementation Plan and project proposals to address identified prioritised actions in the new work plan. The development of the new IAI Work Plan will pick up lessons learned from past and current Work Plan’s development and implementation. Following on the adoption of the new Work Plan, this project will establish implementation plans for each strategic area, and formulate high-quality project proposals to engage donors at an early stage of the implementation phase. Related projects: Implementation Review of Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan...

Strengthening ASEAN Cooperation in Minerals

Status: Initiation By end 2020, ASEAN is expected to: (i) conclude the implementation of the ongoing ASEAN Minerals Cooperation Action Plan (AMCAP-III) Phase 1: 2016-2020 with the delivery of a well-maintained, and up-to-date minerals database and information system, and, (ii) adopt a new AMCAP-III Phase 2: 2021-2025 as the next blueprint for ASEAN minerals cooperation.   This project proposes to help meet these requirements through the conduct of: (i) a study on the Development Prospects of ASEAN Minerals Cooperation (DPAMC), and, (ii) scoping and analysis to design an enhanced ASEAN Minerals Database and Information System (AMDIS). Component 1 will produce a report to stock-take existing ASEAN minerals development and cooperation and propose corresponding regional strategies and measures to pursue the study’s recommendations under AMCAP Phase 2.    Component 2 will serve as an initial step to eventually deliver an enhanced AMDIS that shall serve as the central repository and primary communication platform for ASEAN minerals cooperation as well as in minerals trade and investment. The project will contribute to ASEAN’s goal of facilitating trade and investment in minerals and deepening the contribution of the sector towards ASEAN Economic...

Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025

Status: Ongoing As the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC 2025) progresses, it is important to ensure the effectiveness of the strategies to advance the 15 initiatives under the five strategic areas. To ensure robust performance management as part of the overall implementation strategy, this mid-term review (MTR) would take stock of the implementation progress of MPAC 2025 to date, draw lessons learned by identifying drivers, success factors, constraints and challenges to achieve the intended outcomes. To ensure synergies, the MTR will assess relevance of the MPAC 2025 initiatives and activities against the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025, as well as other regional and sub-regional connectivity-related projects. It will also assess the institutional mechanisms and identify the linkages between the MPAC 2025 and relevant ASEAN sectoral work plans to make concrete and practical recommendations to boost implementation of MPAC 2025 towards the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.  At the end, it will produce a set of concrete, actionable recommendations to improve overall implementation of MPAC 2025. Visit the ASEAN Connectivity website for more information on MPAC 2025. Relevant projects: Formulation of Post-2015 Agenda for ASEAN Connectivity Operational Guide for Monitoring, Review, and Evaluation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity...

Accelerating the Implementation of the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy

Status: Ongoing. The ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy (ASUS) was launched at the 22nd ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Meeting on 13 November 2018. Since then, ASUS and its accompanying toolkits have been disseminated to city networks in ASEAN. This project will select a number of interested ASEAN cities based on an objective set of criteria, and provide support to these participating cities to undertake the necessary preparations for implementation of a relevant ASUS action plan. While its main objective is to promote implementation, the support also aims to collect, document and disseminate lessons learned from the preparation process to encourage other cities to adopt ASUS into their urban development plans. The project will also help increase knowledge on the state of urbanisation in the region. This project is being implemented by UN-Habitat. More info on ASUS is available at the ASEAN Connectivity website. Related project: Study to Advance Sustainable Urbanisation in...

Development of ASEAN Database on Trade Routes and Framework for Enhancing Supply Chain Efficiency

Status: Ongoing. The ASEAN economy has flourished over the past 50 years and is now more than 100 times larger since the inception of ASEAN in 1967. In 2018, ASEAN GDP accounted for 3% of global GDP and will continue moving in an upward trend, hinged on stronger integration and connectivity between ASEAN Member States (AMS). ASEAN needs efficient logistics services to sustain its economic growth and enhance its competitiveness, by lowering supply chain costs and improving supply chain’s speed and reliability in each AMS. This project will identify a number of priority trade routes, and build a database of relevant information on these routes to help ASEAN Member States determine bottlenecks and identify specific priorities to enhance connectivity within these routes. It will also develop an ASEAN supply-chain framework. The framework is a necessary first step to better understand ASEAN’s supply chain performance gaps, identify opportunities as well as underlying issues and challenges, and devise a region-wide action plan to address them. The framework will also support the gathering of data on supply-chain performance and bottlenecks for specific trade routes or economic corridors as discussed above, towards an integrated approach to the development of trade...

Technical Assistance to the Energy and Minerals Division to Support the ASEAN Energy Regulators Network’s Role in Multilateral Power Trade

Status: Ongoing. As efforts towards multilateral power trading in ASEAN gains momentum, ensuring that the key supporting institutions necessary to design and implement the market design have the same understanding of issues and have sufficient capacity is essential. Based on the results of the “Feasibility Study for ASEAN Multilateral Power Trade (MPT)” project, this includes regional institutions which will foster increased cooperation and coordination to implement multilateral power trading. They can also potentially support better knowledge management through sharing good practices and capacity building. This project enhance the capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat, specifically the Energy and Minerals Division, to support ASEAN Members States on initiating multilateral electricity trading in the APG, including drafting a recommended institutional design for the ASEAN Energy Regulators Network (AERN) or an alternative regulatory mechanism. Related project: Feasibility Study for ASEAN Multilateral Power Trade (MPT) Related publication: Feasibility Study for ASEAN Multilateral Power Trade (13 MB, .zip)...