Operational Guide for Monitoring, Review, and Evaluation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025

Status: Ongoing. The ASEAN Leaders adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 at the 28th ASEAN Summit on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, as the successor to MPAC 2010. Monitoring, Review, and Evaluation (MRE) is an essential component of MPAC 2025.  It is crucial for gathering information and assessing whether the plan is implemented as intended, and whether its implementation is yielding its intended effects. This project aims to promote effective implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025  through an effective Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation (MRE) mechanism that strengthens accountability and provides quality assessment for current policy decision-making and future planning. This project will enhance the existing MRE mechanism of MPAC 2025, by producing an Operational Guide for the MRE of MPAC 2025. It will also produce a Progress Review Report, containing assessment and analysis of the progress made and challenges faced in implementing MPAC...

Development of Framework for Improving ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity

Status: ongoing. The ASEAN Leaders adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 at the 28th ASEAN Summit on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. ASEAN aims to build a seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated ASEAN that will promote competitiveness, inclusiveness, and a greater sense of Community through five strategic areas, namely, sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence, and people mobility. This project is part of MPAC 2025 Initiative 2, which aims to establish an ASEAN platform to measure and improve infrastructure productivity. Given multiple infrastructure requirements with scarce resources available, it is important for ASEAN Member States (AMS) to ensure that the impact of every dollar invested is maximised by finding ways to reduce the costs and time of developing infrastructure projects without affecting its performance. Moreover, AMS also need to ensure continuous efficiency of existing infrastructure. There is a need to develop a comprehensive framework to enhance future infrastructure planning and development. One of the underlying challenges which AMS encountered in terms of improving infrastructure productivity is the lack of a comprehensive framework to understand the value of infrastructure productivity and the levels of assessing infrastructure productivity that covers the full range of aspects including infrastructure regulations, governance and implementation accountability, among others, for all AMS. This project aims to promote and improve infrastructure productivity in ASEAN. It will produce a Framework for Assessment of ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity containing scope, key principles, key actions, work streams of projects and activities, and implementation mechanism, including corresponding indicators. The proposed framework will include assessment of systems, procedures and practices for areas such as project...

Feasibility Study for ASEAN Multilateral Power Trade

Status: Ongoing. Electricity demand in ASEAN is projected to grow faster than any other final form of energy, accounting for 56% of growth in total energy demand until 2040. As a result, the ASEAN Member States (AMS) will collectively need to construct 350 gigawatts of additional generating capacity, more than double what exists today. This will require an estimated USD 600 billion in generation investments and USD 730 billion in transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure. These investments can best be supported through increased regional power integration and, in particular, through the enhanced implementation of a regional ASEAN Power Grid (APG) whereby excess power and reserve capacity can be beneficially shared. This project will identify and recommend possible frameworks and schemes to facilitate multilateral electricity trading in the ASEAN Power Grid. The project will produce a comprehensive feasibility study to accelerate the realisation of the APG multilateral power trade. It is expected, among other things, to deliver not only recommendations but also operational options for APG multilateral power trade.This project is implemented in partnership with the International Energy Agency...

Study to Advance Sustainable Urbanisation in ASEAN

Status: Completed. 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 undertook scoping of cooperation for sustainable urbanisation in ASEAN, to identify prioritised areas of work related to sustainable urbanisation that can quickly yield an agreed regional outcome.  It took stock of various initiatives, and share results and lessons learned from relevant past and current regional, national and sub-national initiatives. It defined a roadmap describing time-specific targeted actions or activities and initial indicators of sustainable urbanisation performance as a baseline for future measurement. The result of this project is the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy which was launched at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore.  It can also be downloaded from the ASEAN Connectivity...

Establishing the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline List of Potential ASEAN Infrastructure Projects and Conduct of Pre-Feasibility Studies

Status: Ongoing 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. Download the project summary, published November 2018...

Study on Establishing an ASEAN Telecommunications Single Market

Status: Completed. This project will identify and recommend possible pathways and a roadmap to support the establishment of an ASEAN telecommunications single market, which is part of the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity. It will enable stakeholders of the ASEAN telecommunications industry to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the global, regional, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Member States (AMS) market environments; by: (i) Conducting a study on the feasibility of establishing an ASEAN Telecommunications Single Market – the costs, benefits and risks; and (ii) Assessing AMS regulatory and industry readiness for an ASEAN Telecommunications Single Market – the issues, challenges and proposed measures to address them; and (iii) Formulating regulatory recommendations and a proposed roadmap and timeline for establishing an ASEAN Telecommunications Single Market. A report had been produced documenting the outcomes of the study. For more information on the report, please contact the ASEAN Secretariat ICT and Tourism Division....