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

Status: Completed. 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 2025. Please contact the ASEAN Connectivity Division for enquiries on the results of this...

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...

Assessment of the post-harvest losses and post-harvest loss reduction technologies and practices for a seasonal fruit with high export value and/or export potential in CLMV countries

Status: Completed. Post-harvest losses in Southeast Asia remain a persistent problem, and are very high in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam (CLMV countries). Reducing post-harvest losses in fruits in CLMV countries is particularly important as CLMV countries export a large proportion of their seasonal fruits. Access to post-harvest reduction technologies and/or practices would directly benefit farmers and help to improve the total volume and value of exports. CLMV countries would benefit from a project which examines current post-harvest loses in a seasonal fruit of common importance and identifies hands-on training on low cost technologies/ practices to reduce losses. This project assessed post-harvest losses along the value chain for mango in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, and for dragon fruit in Viet Nam. It then identified the capacity building and technical assistance requirements of these countries to implement low cost and easy-to-use technologies and/or practices to reduce post-harvest losses. This project is part of ASEAN’s Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan...

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. Multilateral power trading, as a way to implement the APG, can bring multiple benefits, including reduced system costs, increased energy security and an ability to integrate higher shares of variable renewable energy. This project produces a report identifies a set of minimum political, technical and institutional requirements that the ASEAN member states will need to meet in order to establish multilateral power trading in the region. Some of these minimum requirements can be met by building upon existing efforts in the region. The report also proposes a set of trading arrangements of increasing levels of ambition which, taken together, will enable ASEAN to establish multilateral power trading in a manner that is consistent with maximising national sovereignty and the equitable sharing of benefits. These recommendations include a summary of potential roles for regional institutions and an example transaction to show how trading might potentially work in practice. The report has been published and presented at the 37th ASEAN Ministers...

Strategic Planning Support for Programme Cooperation and Project Management Division of the ASEAN Secretariat

Status: ongoing. Within the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), Programme Cooperation and Project Management Division (PCPMD) is responsible for strengthening project management in the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and supporting development cooperation programmes and projects in ASEAN and between ASEAN Member States (AMS) and its partners. This project will develop a Terms of Reference for PCPMD, highlighting its roles and responsibilities in the following focus areas: (1) programme cooperation; (2) development and implementation of a project management framework; (3) development and implementation of a ASEAN projects database; and (4) project management leadership. It will identify any changes in the business processes and mechanisms as well as capacity gaps within PCPMD and ASEC, that are required for PCPMD to implement its mandate effectively. It will also provide PCPMD with a strategic plan to promote and implement those changes, and address those...

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...