ASEAN Regulatory Reform Agenda

Status : Closed. Regulations are a fundamental tool of government and an integral part of a well-functioning economy. Reform in regulations may be necessary in order to reduce business costs, enhance competition and innovation, and improve productivity. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach and close cooperation between and among all levels (sub-regional and national) of stakeholder groups. A significant aspect of the broader ASEAN vision is to ensure that the gains from development and economic integration are equitably shared by all AMS. Implementation of regulatory reforms in ASEAN may be relevant insofar as they contribute to the attainment of some of the goals under the AEC Blueprint, such as an improved business environment, stronger flow of investments and higher growth, and a more competitive ASEAN region. Regulatory reforms that could contribute to improvements in relevant sectors and industries would lead to job creation and enhancement in the quality of life particularly in less developed areas. This project will contribute to the enhancement of knowledge and understanding by AMS of new and emerging concerns and issues on regulatory reform. This project will give an overview of policy options through the synthesis of country experiences and lessons learned on regulatory reform programmes. As such, it will enhance the ability of AMS in: (a) identifying the key challenges of regulatory reform; (b) evaluating effective strategies used in regulatory reform; (c) prioritising and sequencing of steps in the regulatory reform process; and (d) addressing the need to develop a more comprehensive and cohesive regulatory reform programme for specific sectors and industries in AMS. The first ASEAN Regulatory Reform Symposium had been held at Makati...

Logistics Scoping Study

Status: Completed The creation of a single market and production base for ASEAN encompasses a wide range of planned measures under the AEC Blueprint. These include the free flow of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and freer flow of capital. With such a wide range of possible activities, it was agreed by AusAID and ASEC that there was a need to develop an overall framework for the provision of support in this area. One key area involves logistic services. This project assisted ASEAN formulate strategies to implement its Roadmap for the Integration of Logistics Services by providing an overview of the global and regional market for logistics services and a stakeholder analysis of the ASEAN logistics services sector. It identified current gaps in capacity to implement the roadmap and formulate strategies and identify specific requirements for ASEAN Member States. The Logistics Scoping Study final report containing recommendations for follow-up work was submitted to ASEC in late 2009. The report concluded that although certain ASEAN countries have made some progress in implementing the measures in the Roadmap, it was apparent that the actual implementation levels for the identified measures are still far from the target commitments as set out in the Roadmap. The report identified a number of underlying factors that contribute to the implementation gap and provided a wide range of recommendations to address these factors. Opportunities for AADCP II’s further support in this area will continue to be discussed with the ASEAN Secretariat. This project was completed in 2009. To access the report, please contact the Services and Investment Division of the ASEAN Secretariat.        ...