Framework for Improving ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity

Sustainable infrastructure is critical to pandemic recovery and adaptation to the new normal. ASEAN, through the Lead Implementing Body for Sustainable Infrastructure (LIB-SI), has developed a Framework for Improving ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity that aims to help ASEAN Member States improve their infrastructure planning, delivery, and operation. The Framework for Improving ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity aims to assist relevant stakeholders across ASEAN Member States to make informed and evidence-based policies towards improving infrastructure productivity across the entire infrastructure project lifecycle. The Framework’s seven workstreams and two toolkits developed will help ASEAN Member States prioritise their capacity building needs and customise specific actions. DOWNLOAD THE FULL PUBLICATION As mentioned in the Publication, an Excel workbook is provided to assist ASEAN Member States with capturing their self-assessment and calculating the scores against each workstream. DOWNLOAD THE EXCEL WORKBOOK Related project: Development of Framework for Improving ASEAN Infrastructure...

The Mid-Term Review of Master Plan on Connectivity (MPAC) 2025

The Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, adopted by ASEAN Leaders at the 28th / 29th ASEAN Summits in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in September 2016 aims to achieve a seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated ASEAN that will promote competitiveness, inclusiveness, and a greater sense of Community. It comprises 15 initiatives in the five strategic areas of: (i) Sustainable Infrastructure; (ii) Digital Innovation; (iii) Seamless Logistics; (iv) Regulatory Excellence; and (v) People Mobility. This Mid-Term Review (MTR) of MPAC 2025 takes stock of the progress; highlights successes and challenges in the implementation of MPAC 2025; identifies and establishes linkages to other ASEAN and external initiatives; and makes recommendations for adjustments to ensure relevance and to boost implementation at both regional and national levels. In particular, the MTR assesses the relevance in light of emerging trends in the region, focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has major implications for connectivity. To find out more on the key findings of MPAC 2025 progress, the potential impact of MPAC 2025, key challenges and recommendations, please download: Executive Summary of the Mid Term Review of the MPAC 2025 Infographics – Mid Term Review of MPAC 2025 Related project: Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC)...

ASEAN Capacity Building Roadmap for Consumer Protection 2020-2025 (Roadmap 2025)

This Roadmap aims to strengthen consumer protection regimes in the ASEAN Member States and support the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) in promoting awareness and garnering support for ASEAN’s consumer protection capacity development agenda. It serves as an action plan for capacity building at the regional level, sub-regional and national levels, which, if implemented, will provide ASEAN consumers with world-class levels of consumer policy, institutions and laws. The Roadmap 2025 which comprised of among others a regional roadmap, a regional brief, a policy brief, and 10 country reports, was developed through extensive research, field work and surveys of capacity building needs. The Roadmap 2025 includes a schedule of proposed capacity building measures which is based on a study of common areas of needs identified among ASEAN consumer protection authorities. The Roadmap further outlines the delivery approach to capacity building, and provides a timeframe for implementation. The implementation level (regional or sub-regional) is described for each activity to ensure effective and efficient management and delivery of capacity building plans and programs. The successful implementation of the initiatives under the Roadmap 2025, will require coordinated approach amongst ASEAN’s consumer protection authorities, consumer protection associations, development partners and other relevant stakeholders. Downloads: Roadmap 2025 (PDF, 1.2 MB) Policy Brief (PDF, 0.6 MB) Regional Brief (PDF, 1.4...

ASEAN Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification and Control Manuals

The ASEAN Good Agricultural Practices (ASEAN GAP) is a voluntary standard for the production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables in the region. Its objective is to enhance ASEAN agricultural products quality and competitiveness on the international market as well as on the ASEAN market by promoting ASEAN GAP. In order to implement the ASEAN GAP, there is a need to establish a common certification and accreditation systems, which will provide reference for implementation and application of ASEAN GAP among stakeholders, including regulators, auditors, producers, and consumers in the region. These manuals defines such systems: The Official Control Manual. This “Preambles” document aims at giving the ASEAN Member States (AMS) wishing to implement the ASEAN GAP accreditation and certification systems an overview of the regulatory framework to study before the implementation. It also contains recommendations concerning national regulations contents and stakeholder’s organisation to insure equivalency between the AMS. The Certification Manual. This Manual serves as guidelines and references for the conduct of national GAP certification by Control Authorities or Control Bodies among the AMS with the aim of facilitating intra and extra regional trade of products originated from GAP certified farms. This Manual was developed based on the understanding that national regulatory and food safety requirements in each AMS which should take precedent. The notes and examples in this Manual aim to provide additional information intended to assist in understanding and use of the document. This Manual may also serve as one of the references for the development of Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for inspection and certification systems on GAP production. Download the manuals here: ASEAN GAP...

Establishing multilateral power trade in ASEAN (2019)

The ASEAN member states have a long-standing goal to establish multilateral power trading in the region. To date, regional power trading has been limited to a series of uncoordinated bilateral cross-border arrangements. Multilateral power trading can bring multiple benefits, including reduced system costs, increased energy security and an ability to integrate higher shares of variable renewable energy. An examination of international experiences shows that it is possible to establish multilateral trading while allowing for stepwise and voluntary development and respecting local sovereignty. At the same time, increased cross-border integration and power trade does require increased co ordination and regulatory harmonisation. This 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. This report was produced in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA). Download the report (13MB,...

ASEAN Investment Report 2019 – FDI in Services: Focus on Health Care

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into ASEAN increased for the third consecutive year in 2018, reaching an all-time high level of USD 155 billion. The region’s share of global FDI inflows also rose to 11.5 percent in 2018. This trend is expected to continue. Services sector is the largest recipient of FDI in ASEAN. The share of services sector in total FDI grew from 50 per cent in 1999-2003 to 66 per cent in 2014-2018. A significant part of FDI in services flows into financial services, wholesale and retail, and real estate activities. This year’s ASEAN Investment Report features the FDI in the services sector, with a special focus on health care. The Report looks in foreign investments and the Multi-National Enterprises (MNEs) in the healthcare industry in ASEAN, as well as the investment environment they thrive in. The Report also provides recommendations in moving forward to develop a competitive health care environment in the region. This report was produced in collaboration with UNCTAD. Download the...