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...

Study on Establishing an ASEAN Telecommunications Single Market

Status: ongoing 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. The first phase of this project had concluded, and 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....

Formulation of Post-2015 Agenda for ASEAN Connectivity

Status: Completed. At the 25th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw in November 2014, ASEAN Leaders tasked the ACCC to undertake a comprehensive review of the implementation of the MPAC and formulate a Post-2015 agenda for ASEAN Connectivity. The Post-2015 agenda for ASEAN Connectivity will provide ACCC with strategic directions on collaborating with the various related agencies at the regional and national level, as well as other key stakeholders including the private sector. As ASEAN Connectivity comprises of cross-cutting activities involving various ASEAN Sectoral Bodies/Working Group, the Post-2015 agenda will ensure that activities are planned, coordinated and monitored in a systematic manner, to establish a truly-connected ASEAN region in the most effective and efficient manner. As an outcome of this project, the Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 has now been finalised. It has been adopted by the ASEAN Leaders on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The project also supported the development of project concept notes for the implementation of the MPAC 2025, and helped organise the MPAC 2025 Forum on Initiative and Project Concepts that was held in Alabang, Philippines in July...

Development Prospects for the ASEAN Power Sector

Status: Completed South East Asia’s electricity consumption will increase significantly over the coming decades as forecasted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). If electricity supply continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels, this will put increasing pressure on the environment as well as national and global resources. Combined, the existing and planned policy and regulatory frameworks aim to shape the development of South East Asia’s power sectors. These frameworks should identify investment needs, attract sufficient investment sources, and also provide guidance on technologies for investment. Sound frameworks can ensure reliable electricity supply while aiming to limit environmental impacts and inefficient electricity systems in the region. The project aimed to guidance to policy makers in response to these demands by establishing and strengthening the necessary institutions and frameworks for such electricity systems. These responses are expected to identify and deliver more timely and efficient investments, and incentivize more private investments and better technology choices as well as more efficient operational behavior. The project was undertaken by the IEA as a research and policy advice project and include strong cooperation and interaction with the ASEAN Secretariat, HAPUA, power sector officials and private sector companies. Download report: Development Prospects of the ASEAN Power Sector – Towards an Integrated Electricity Market....

ASEAN Public-Private Partnership (PPP Program)

Status : Completed The demand for infrastructure is increasing rapidly as the ASEAN region copes with urbanization, high rates of growth, and the push for greater regional integration and connectivity. While the drivers for infrastructure investments vary from country to country, the overall financing gap remains wide. Already overstretched public finances, with limited scope for expanding the concessional Official Development Assistance (ODA) resource envelope – either because of country-specific ceilings on receiving ODA, or due to their status as Middle Income Countries (MICs) – means that governments must consider alternative financing models to leverage private capital into infrastructure. Recognizing the centrality of infrastructure in the region’s development, and the imperative to engage and partner with the private sector, ASEAN has launched several initiatives, including the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), the Brunei Action Plan (BAP), the ASEAN Infrastructure Financing Mechanism (AIFM) and the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF) to identify key infrastructure development priorities, and innovative financing mechanisms. ASEAN Member States are committed to involving the private sector as a source of private capital and expertise in developing sustainable infrastructure projects to support the MPAC. The World Bank has worked very closely with the ASEAN Secretariat as a core team member in the development of the MPAC as well as the establishment of the WB-ASEAN Infrastructure Finance Network. The lack of bankable projects remains the key bottleneck to the flow of private capital in infrastructure. There is therefore a need for ASEAN Member States to develop models of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) which reach financial close. The project aims to establish an ASEAN PPP Program (APP) to support ASEAN Member States in...