Regional Report on Outsourcing Opportunities in ASEAN

Increased FDI flows can be achieved through a number of different approaches. One such approach is outsourcing: the contracting out by a firm of certain business functions, previously undertaken in-house, to an external provider. AADCP II supports efforts to increase outsourcing activities within ASEAN Member States. Through the Outsourcing Opportunities in ASEAN project, a comprehensive analytical study on manufacturing outsourcing opportunities in ASEAN had been undertaken, with the aim to enhance understanding of outsourcing in general and outsourcing opportunities in ASEAN production networks. As a result, a Regional Report has been produced, highlighting the strategic and tactical positioning of ASEAN to be more competitive in outsourcing industries. The report includes strategic analysis and vision for ASEAN through understanding and measuring “outsourcing” as an economic activity and its impact on economies and the concept of “competitiveness”, an assessment of the current outsourcing situation in ASEAN particularly relative competitiveness in relation to the cross-border outsourcing of goods and services, and identification of factors that affect an outsourcing decision and influence the success of outsourcing activities. It contains practical policy recommendations at both regional and national levels. This will lay a platform and provide some guidance for the post-2015 economic policies of ASEAN Member States (AMS). In addition, Country Reports has been produced outlining the current outsourcing situation and Global Value Chain (GVC), and policy recommendations for 10 individual ASEAN Member States. Please contact the ASEAN Secretariat Services and Investment divisions to access these...

ASEAN Investment Report 2013-2014: FDI Development And Regional Value Chains

ASEAN’s integration efforts are pursued through key regional measures that among others, strengthen investment cooperation among ASEAN Member States, enhance investment protection and liberalization regimes, and promote ASEAN as an integrated investment and production network. All these have contributed to make the ASEAN region an attractive destination for foreign direct investments (FDI). With ASEAN’s continuing success as a competitive location hosting intermediate manufacturing facilities as well as value chain operations of transnational corporations (TNC), this year’s ASEAN Investment Report focuses on FDI development and regional value chains. The Report illustrates how the expansion of TNC operations and the increase in capacities of local firms to produce inputs have helped strengthen the development of the regional value chain which, in turn, underpins and contributes to ASEAN’s...

ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement: an Introduction (2013)

The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) came into effect on 29 March 2012 to support a free, open, transparent and integrated investment regime in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region in line with the goal of achieving an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. This booklet gives readers a quick introduction of ACIA, including its background and rationale, features, economic benefits and coverage....

ASEAN Investment Report 2012: The Changing FDI Landscape

The ASEAN Investment Report (AIR) is an annual publication of ASEAN aimed to provide a better understanding of the trends and developments in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the region. This report gives additional focus on the significant contributions of ASEAN’s economic integration efforts to the transformation of the region as an investment destination. The report discusses FDI trends and policy developments in 2011, and describes the regional measures, individual actions and private sector contribution to the investment policy environment. It also discusses the changing FDI landscape, and the rise of enterprise regionalization and internationalization from ASEAN....

Investment Trends and Prospects in ASEAN (2011)

Achievement of the ASEAN Economic Community goal related to a single market and production base requires the freer and enhanced flow of investment. ASEAN Member States (AMS) will need to take specific actions to enhance FDI, especially intra-ASEAN Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The successful undertaking of these requires a greater understanding of the nature of investment flows in ASEAN; an assessment of the determinants of, and impediments to, these flows; and the identification of follow-up actions that would lead to increased flows. These report analysed intra-ASEAN FDI. It explored the state of intra-ASEAN FDI, the benefits to the AMS, the stakeholders, the factors influencing investment, the impediments and the recommended initiatives for...

ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement: A guidebook for Businesses and Investors

The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) came into effect on 29 March 2012 to support a free, open, transparent and integrated investment regime in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region in line with the goal of achieving an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. This Guidebook aims to assist potential businesses and investors, both domestic and foreign, as well as those who already have their operations in ASEAN by providing an understanding of the ACIA and what it means to their investments. It explains the provisions of the ACIA and highlights how this would be beneficial to investors and their investments. Created for Businesses and Investors, it aims to help investors, businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals —domiciled both inside and outside of ASEAN — to have a better understanding of ACIA....