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 Services Integration Report (ASIR)

Officially released on 5 November 2015, the ASEAN Services Integration Report (ASIR) is a Joint Report by the ASEAN Secretariat and the World Bank aimed at contributing to the on-going discourse on ASEAN services integration and more broadly on regional economic integration.  It is one of the key deliverables of the ASEAN Community Monitoring and Evaluation Program (AECMEP), a four-year collaborative program between the ASEAN Secretariat and the World Bank that concludes in 2015, and which was supported by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II. ASIR takes stock of ASEAN’s achievements in services integration, including a focused assessment of ASEAN services policies; delineates the potential gains from further integration; and highlights the remaining challenges. It also puts forward recommendations for further development of ASEAN services agenda more broadly for post-2015. In particular, ASIR suggests areas beyond the services liberalisation commitments for which integration can be deepened and the benefits maximised, such as through regulatory cooperation. To download ASIR, click...

ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System 2012: measuring progress towards the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community

Over the years, monitoring mechanisms have been developed to track ASEAN’s progress in the implementation of the ASEAN Communities. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Scorecard monitors compliance against the AEC Blueprint. A similar Scorecard has been developed to monitor progress in the implementation of the ASEAN Social-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint. Reports have also been prepared on the progress made by ASEAN in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS) complements these set of monitoring mechanisms. The ASEAN Brief 2012: Progress Towards the ASEAN Community contains 18 indicators that assess the extent of ASEAN integration, focusing on the AEC and ASCC. It is a preview of the full report, which contains more sets of indicators and in-depth analysis on a per-country basis. Download Report: The ASEAN Brief 2012 The 2012 ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System Full Report is a statistical report which contains outcome indicators of progress towards the envisaged characteristics of the ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community pillars of the ASEAN Community. Download Report: ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System 2012 Related Project: Enhancing the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring...

ASEAN Economic Community Symposium, Yangon, 13 October 2014

The impending launch of the ASEAN Economic Community by end 2015 has generated a lot of attention and interest from the private sector on what exactly constitutes the AEC and the impact on business. The Symposium was organised with the aim of creating awareness of the AEC and to foster better understanding among the private sector especially the SMEs of the opportunities created by ASEAN integration. The Symposium covered three sessions: (i) AEC and the Business Sector; (ii) ASEAN Integration-Impact on Regional Supply Chains; and (iii) the SME Policy Environment. This symposium is the second of a third-series of symposiums organized in the run up to the establishment of the AEC by 2015. Downloads Programme Presentations Photos Videos Related Project: Facilitating Regional Dialogue in...

First ASEAN Economic Community Symposium, Jakarta, 19 September 2012

Since the AEC goal was first announced by the ASEAN Leaders in 2003, countries in the region have been implementing measures to create a single market and competitive region. Measures to underpin the AEC in such areas as ASEAN single window, single aviation market, integrated investment area, and integration of financial markets have so far increased the attractiveness of ASEAN. This symposium discusses drivers, challenges and opportunities to ensure timely implementation of the AEC. This symposium is the first of a third-series of symposiums organized in the run up to the establishment of the AEC by 2015. Downloads Proceedings Presentations Photos Videos Related Project: Facilitating Regional Dialogue in...