Strengthening strategic policy analysis and monitoring capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat

Status: Completed. Given the increasingly complex ASEAN agenda and the fast changing context, there is a need to further strengthen policy analysis and monitoring capability across the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). ASEAN has recognised this need, resulting in the establishment of analysis and monitoring division/directorates across the three ASEAN Community pillars in the recent restructuring of ASEC. The relevant division/directorates are required to identify and monitor emerging policy issues that may require consideration or action by the relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies. Increasingly the issues facing ASEAN are cross-pillar in nature. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, for example, touches upon trade (AEC), cyber-security (APSC) and education (ASCC). This requires a more systematic collaboration and coordination mechanism across the three pillars. The current structure and culture of the Secretariat, however, may leave some room for improvement in this regard. This project supported a number of ASEC delegates to participate in a 5-days intensive learning program in Australia, which took place in March 2019. The program seeks to pilot an approach to further strengthen ASEC staff capacity in policy analysis and monitoring through a facilitated introduction to Australian Government processes and institutions, including the consultation and coordination process that the bureaucracy goes through for major policy decisions and implementation, consultations between state and federal governments as well as government engagement with the relevant stakeholders (academe, business sectors,...

Establishing the Mechanism to Enhance National Data Collection, Compilation and Dissemination for the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS)

Status: Completed The Roadmap for the ASEAN Community (2009-2015) comprised blueprints to guide the timely implementation of ASEAN’s regional integration agenda. Different mechanisms were utilised to monitor the progress of these integration efforts, including the Community Scorecards and other sector-specific monitoring and surveillance tools. The ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS) is intended to complement the other monitoring tools in tracking the progress of the ASEAN Community building efforts. As the ACPMS covers broad areas of economic, socio-cultural, and the Millennium Development Goals, the enhanced framework and descriptive indicators of the measured outcomes on the envisaged characteristics of ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community pillars were presented. The two (2) previous editions of the ACPMS have been well received and this prompted the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) Committee to commit its support for its regular publication. As such, it is necessary to address the bottlenecks that affect its compilation, particularly those at the national level. It would also be worthwhile to consider how the ACPMS can be further enhanced especially in the context of the ASEAN Community 2025 vision and agenda, which will be launched at the 27th ASEAN Summit in November 2015. This project intends to establish mechanisms to enhance data collection, compilation and dissemination of the ACPMS, as well as a utilization strategy to generate awareness of the ACPMS and advocate its use to a wider audience. These actions are expected to address the previous issues and challenges experienced in the publication of the ACPMS 2012 and design developmental works to ensure the sustainability of the ACPMS national data collection and to promote its purpose...

Strengthening the ASEC Project Management Framework

Numerous ASEAN cooperation programs and projects have been undertaken or are underway to support the achievement of the goals and objectives in the three ASEAN Community Blueprints and the IAI Work Plan 2. ASEAN currently has over 20 multisectoral cooperation programs with its Dialogue Partners and Germany as well as over 380 projects that have been completed, are on-going or are pending. ASEC supports the implementation of these ASEAN cooperation programs and ensures that their outcomes contribute towards the achievement of ASEAN goals and objectives. This project supports ASEC in strengthening the current project management framework and practices. It will begin the process of developing a results-based project management framework by: gathering support from ASEC’s Senior Management, ISO Working Team and ASEC sectoral divisions for good project management framework and practices, analyzing the existing framework and practices in ASEC, assessing institutional roles and responsibilities, and identifying needs for a strengthened framework. This needs assessment resulted in a recommended design for an improved framework. Possible follow-on activities to this project include: establishment of an electronic integrated project management system based on the design developed as a result of this project, preparation of detailed guidelines on project management business processes, and development and implementation of a training program for ASEC officials. This project, the needs assessment phase, had been completed in April 2012. Download Executive Summary...

Project Management Training

This project is a follow-on activity from the AADCP II project proposal writing consultancy. That consultancy supported a two-day, hands-on proposal writing workshop for ASEC officers in November 2010 who were working with the PPMSU in the development of proposals for possible AADCP II support. Discussions with participants indicated a desire to receive additional training in other areas of project development and management. The focus of this project is to provide training for a broader range of skills for ASEC officers. The training will build the capacities of those officers in developing and managing supported projects. It consists of two components: Workshops that provide an overview and awareness training on project management principles. These would involve generic training designed to expose ASEC officers to sound principles of project management. They will be open to all ASEC officers as well as representatives of the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Development Cooperation (SCDC). Continuation of workshops and training in more advanced competencies. This project assists the PPMSU and AADCP II specialists in identifying those skills necessary for effective project development and management and in measuring capacity building needs. This information coupled with the training toolkit to be produced will facilitate the development of a broader capacity development program. Future training programs will be implemented in coordination with the recommendations of the Corporate Development Scoping Study. This project has been completed in...

Enhancing the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System

This project will produce a statistical report on the state and progress of the ASEAN Community in the achievement of its key societal outcomes based on the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS). It will serve as a tool for evidence or knowledge based decision-making and policy creation in the region. The report will complement the AEC Scorecard and the program with the World Bank, and can be regularly presented to the ASEAN Leaders, policy makers and people in general. While the World Bank project is primarily focused on developing indicators for the AEC, particularly Pillars I and IV, the ACPMS is broader as it looks at indicators for the entire ASEAN Community. The ACPMS will also provide additional information for Pillars II and III of the AEC. Project implementation is led by ASEAN-Stats in consultation with the ASEAN Member States and key user groups. This project had been completed in 2013. Publications can be downloaded here: Brief Report Full Report    ...

Facilitating Regional Dialogue on ASEAN Economic Community

Status: Completed. This project supports regional public dialogue among various stakeholders, as a measure to complement monitoring of the establishment of the AEC. It provides support for the ASEAN Economic Community Symposium series, which will be held annually from 2012 to 2014. The symposium series will facilitate dissemination of AEC monitoring results to a wider audience within the region, particularly the private sector. Private sector feedback is a crucial input that serves as a reality check for ASEAN. It will inform whether AEC measures and initiatives bring tangible impact to the business community, and it will provide guidance for prioritizing issues and measures to ensure timely accomplishment of the AEC. The first ASEAN Economic Community Symposium was held on 19 September 2012 at the ASEAN Secretariat. Notes from the symposium can be downloaded here. The second “AEC Symposium: Creating Opportunities for Businesses including SMEs in ASEAN” was held on 13 October 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar. Download the presentations here.  The third AEC symposium was conducted on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in conjunction with the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2016. The project supported the development of the “Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community” publication, which aims to further increase awareness and understanding of key issues and drivers of global megatrends, and their implications for ASEAN integration agenda, among a wider audience of readers. The publication was released on 7 September 2017 at the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting in Manila,...