Free Flow of Skilled Labour Study

This project, completed in November 2010, was an initial effort to assess the situation regarding the free flow of skilled labour, a key element of the single market and production base component of the AEC Blueprint. The Study focused on skilled professional labour and produced a number of practical recommendations for possible follow-up activities to support further liberalisation. A series of preliminary observations were prepared for the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting in August 2010. An important element of the study was that with CCS coordination it brought together officials from additional sectoral bodies dealing with immigration, labour and education whose activities will be essential to the achievement of the Blueprint goals regarding the free flow of skilled labour. A number of recommendations dealt with issues outside of the parameters of the AEC and therefore will not be supported under this program. However, they may be followed up with funding from other sources. Reports can be downloaded here: Executive Summary Final Report      ...

Toolbox Development For Housekeeping Tourism Labour Division

Early efforts to support Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) in the tourism sector were supported by AADCP I with the development of: 1) the ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals (ACCSTP), 2) the Common ASEAN Tourism Curriculum (CATC), and 3) Regional Qualifications Framework and Skills Recognition System (RQFSRS). The 13th ASEAN Tourism Ministers (ATM) Meeting in January 2010 endorsed “MRA Follow-Up Implementation Requirements” which included capacity development for members. As a first activity, AMS agreed to develop training toolboxes to build competencies in the tourism sector. The earlier work identified specific competencies for each of the six labour divisions within the tourism sector: housekeeping, food production, food and beverages services, front office, tour operation and travel agencies. It also identified a set of common competencies applicable to all of the divisions. The housekeeping division has been identified as a priority due to significant employment opportunities in the region. This project will develop training toolboxes for common competencies for all of the identified labour divisions and additional toolboxes for the specific house keeping division’s competencies. It will: 1) create a template for training toolboxes for all six labour divisions; 2) develop toolboxes for the common competencies; and 3) develop toolboxes for the housekeeping division’s specific competencies. Toolboxes will be reviewed by ASEAN Member States and endorsed by tourism officials. To support the implementation of the toolboxes to be produced during this project, a follow-on project will likely be proposed following the successful completion of this project. The second project will: 1) develop a pool of ASEAN master assessors and trainers; 2) provide Training of Trainers (ToT); and 3) support limited...

Handbook on Core Competencies & Domestic Regulation for Architecture, Engineering, Accounting and Surveying Services

For practitioners in key services sub-sectors such as architecture, engineering, accounting and surveying, there is a need to understand the regulatory environment they must operate in if they are to work outside of their home country. Key areas such as licensing, registration and operating procedures vary from country to country. Earlier work has collected such information but it has never been collated into a single document (or set of documents). This project reviews and updates the information collected earlier and produce a handbook(s) for use by practitioners as well as an analysis of core competencies and best practices. This project was completed in September¬†2015. Downloads: Handbooks on Liberalisation of Professional Services through Mutual Recognition in ASEAN (Architecture, Surveying, Engineering, Accountancy services) Related Project: Development of Implementation/Action Plans to Enhance Mobility of ASEAN Professionals on Accountancy Services Development of Implementation/Action Plans to Enhance Mobility of ASEAN Professionals on Surveying Services              ...

ASEAN Awareness Strategy for Services Liberalisation

The Services Diagnostic and Needs Assessment Study conducted fieldwork in all ASEAN Member States. It noted that, to varying degrees, ASEAN Member State officials could improve their awareness on the importance of services in their economies and how liberalisation would lead to overall economic benefits. This increased awareness would bring about the development or enhancement of comprehensive, long-term strategies to raise awareness among other key actors and the general public in the services sector. This project addresses the need to increase public awareness of the importance of liberalisation in the services sector. Appropriate models for increasing awareness-at the regional level and within individual ASEAN Member States will be developed and overall strategies for the application of the models, again at both the regional and national levels will be developed. These will form the basis for future awareness campaigns regarding the need for freer trade in services.        ...

Improving Schedulling Commitments of ASEAN Framework Agreement of Services (AFAS)

The free flow of services is one of the elements for realising the AEC’s goal of establishing a single market and production base. Services liberalisation under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) is undertaken through various rounds of negotiations. Liberalisation commitments are then translated into specific commitment schedules. These are not always consistent, do not always use standard terminology and sometimes lack clarity. This project will support the strengthening of these schedules to improve their readability and clarity. Improvements to the clarity of the schedules will assist foreign services suppliers in understanding the scope and market access commitments in the schedules. The project will: 1) identify key issues and problems in the AFAS schedules; 2) discuss these with ASEAN Member States; and 3) provide technical advice and develop materials to assist ASEAN Member States in reviewing and revising the structure and language of their schedules to enhance clarity and ensure their consistency with the WTO Guidelines on Scheduling. This project has been completed in 2013      ...

Service Diagnostic & Needs Assesments

Based on the final report of the Services Design Study supported during the transition period, the Services Diagnostic and Needs Assessment Study began in September 2010 and was completed in November 2011. The study assessed needs across all ASEAN Member States in four of the five AEC priority liberalisation sectors: air transport, e-ASEAN, healthcare and tourism. These were examined with reference to a range of important cross-cutting issues: competitiveness/productivity, institutional/regulatory, human resources, market constraints, adjustment costs and enterprise efficiencies. Using a network of in-country experts, fieldwork was conducted in each of the ASEAN Member States. Following conclusion of the fieldwork recommendations for follow-on activities were identified and presented in the final report. A number of project recommendations are now being implemented through AADCP II. Reports can be downloaded here: Abstract Executive Summary Final...