Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices

As ASEAN member states (AMS) move toward full realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), there is a need to promote intra-regional trade of agri-food products by improving food safety and sector competitiveness. One barrier to achieving this objective is the existence of at least 10 different national standards and conformity assessment systems for agri-food products across the 10 AMS. These quality assurance inconsistencies across borders create a great deal of uncertainty for buyers, effectively limiting their demand for agri-food products from within the region. To address these differences the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) have endorsed the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices, including good agricultural practices (GAP) for fruits/vegetables, good aquaculture practices (GAqP) for food fish, and good animal husbandry practices (GAHP) for poultry products including broilers and layers. These ASEAN Standards are designed to serve as a basis for determining equivalence of different existing national standards, or as a blueprint to be adopted for those AMS currently without national standards systems in place. While the ASEAN Standards have been written and endorsed, there remains a need to practically implement them at the regional and national levels in a way that will increase confidence and demand from buyers, promote uptake at the farm level, and foster appropriate levels of protection between trade partners. To address this issue, this study recommends the establishment of a Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA) that covers all three existing ASEAN agri-food standards, with flexibility for adoption of further agri-food standards. Download: Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices...

Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community (2017)

This publication aims to further increase awareness of key issues and drivers of global megatrends, and draw out their relevance and implications for the ASEAN integration agenda. It focuses on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and, more specifically, how the AEC may be impacted by and can respond to megatrends. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) enters its second year of establishment in a changing world, partly driven by global megatrends. The transformative changes brought about by global megatrends do not happen overnight, but are rapid enough to warrant prompt anticipation.  The AEC Blueprint 2025 is envisioned to create a more dynamic and resilient ASEAN, capable of responding and adjusting to emerging challenges, including from global megatrends. In this new phase of economic integration, the AEC needs to be responsive in its policy processes. ASEAN and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) have responded to changes in the wider region and at the global level. ASEAN, especially the AEC, will continue to respond to the global megatrends; the common themes and phenomena that are already unfolding, whose implications are broad, cross-cutting, profound and transformative, and would change the way individuals, businesses and societies live and do business for many years to come. Given the lasting impact of global megatrends, it is important for any community, including the AEC, to learn to adapt to, address and — to the extent possible — capitalise on them. Among the megatrends discussed in this book are: The political megatrends, specifically (i) geopolitics and security, (ii) geo-economics and the international liberal order, and (iii) national politics and the resurgence of populism. Technologies and the digital economy The interlinkages between...

ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System 2017

This 2017 ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS) Report is the third of the APCMS report series. The ACPMS report series provide statistics on integration outcomes in ASEAN pertaining to envisaged characteristics of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), including indicators on global development aspirations. This 2017 ACPMS Report examines 30 core indicators, describing five characteristics envisioned for the ASEAN Community Economic Blue Print 2025 and,  five characteristics of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025. Download the ACPMS 2017 report Related project: Establishing the Mechanism to Enhance National Data Collection, Compilation and Dissemination for the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System...

ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) – Animal Welfare and Environmental Sustainability Module for Layers, Broilers and Ducks

Global trade of chicken and chicken products is increasing as trade becomes freer. Changes in consumer lifestyles in the ASEAN region and throughout the world are driving the demand for assurance that chicken products are safe to eat and are produced and handled in a manner that, does not compromise the and does not cause harm to the environment. The impact of these trends has resulted in retailers wanting industry compliance with Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) programmes, and governments introducing legal requirements for food safety, worker health and safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. This document covers the animal welfare and environmental protection of the ASEAN GAHP standard for layer, broilers and ducks. ASEAN GAHP Animal Welfare and Environmental Protection Module for Layers, Broilers and Ducks can be downloaded here...

Outsourcing Opportunities in ASEAN: Policy Paper

This Policy Paper highlights key recommended policy orientations to boost ASEAN’s competitiveness competitiveness with regard to outsourcing of goods and services and the rise of global value chains (GVCs). Firstly, it defines the context and introduces some key definitions relevant to outsourcing. Secondly, it presents a brief overview of services outsourcing trends in recent decades. Thirdly, it considers ASEAN competitiveness by analysing the new trade in value-added (TiVA) database, the constructed GVC Readiness Index, and modern global value chains. All together, this informs the final section of the Policy Paper, which analyses GVC related factors affecting ASEAN positioning and presents ASEAN-wide policy orientations post 2015. Outsourcing Opportunities in ASEAN: Policy...

Best Practices for Investment Promotion and Facilitation in ASEAN: General Paper

In order for ASEAN to enhance its attractiveness as an investment destination as envisioned in the AEC Blueprint 2025, ASEAN needs to boost its effort in investment promotion and facilitation. This paper aims to provide ASEAN Member States with a deeper understanding of regional and global ‘best practices’ in investment promotion and facilitation.  This deeper understanding may be used to guide current or future initiatives, whether at the regional, national or sub-national level, in order to facilitate freer flow of capital and investment. Specifically, this paper identifies best practices and lessons learned in the four core functions of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs): promotion, attraction, facilitation and aftercare. It proposes and examine opportunities for development of practical initiatives in two areas that are potential areas for practical initiatives by AMS: 1) Formal & Informal Ambassadorial and cultural networks; and 2) private sector partnerships. Separate reports on each of these areas are available through the Services and Investment Division of the ASEAN Secretariat. Download: Best Practices for Investment Promotion and Facilitation in ASEAN: General Paper  ...