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  ...

Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025

At the 25th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw in November 2014, ASEAN Leaders tasked the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) to conduct a comprehensive review of MPAC implementation and formulate the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 (MPAC 2025). The MPAC 2025 focuses on five strategic areas: sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence and people mobility. It seeks to add value by complementing and synergising the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025, ASEAN sectoral work plans, and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III, as well as enhancing synergies with other sub-regional and inter-regional frameworks. The ASEAN leaders adopted the MPAC 2025 at the ASEAN Summits 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The document was developed taking account the results of the MPAC 2010 implementation review along with the feedbacks from relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and other stakeholders, with the support from ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme II (AADCP II). The Master Plan is available for download here Watch the MPAC 2025 video Here: Related Projects: Formulation of Post-2015 Agenda for ASEAN...

ASEAN Investment Report 2016: Foreign Direct Investment and MSME Linkages

The ASEAN Investment Report is an annual report on investment and other related issues in the region. This year’s Report features the linkages between ASEAN Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and multinational enterprises (MNEs). It highlights the extent to which ASEAN MSMEs internationalise and, more importantly, why and how they do so. It also analyses the roles of ASEAN MSMEs in realising the goals of the ASEAN Economic Community and in improving the overall investment environment. The report was developed through collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The document was launched during the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2016, held alongside the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit, in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Download...

Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III

The Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), launched in 2000, helps ASEAN’s newer Member States implement ASEAN commitments and agreements. Through special assistance to Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV countries), it aims to further regional integration in order to narrow the development gap within ASEAN. This Work Plan III is a five-year work plan (2016-2020) to realise the vision for IAI and assist CLMV countries to meet ASEAN-wide targets and commitments towards realising the goals of the ASEAN Community. It describes work in 5 strategic areas: food and agriculture, trade facilitation, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), education, and health and well-being. Download...

Development of Public Awareness Models for Consumer Protection: Models and Guidelines

Public awareness campaigns are an important tool for consumer protection agencies to advance their policy goals. Though many countries have sound legal frameworks for consumer protection, consumer regulators are unable to be ‘everywhere at once’ to enforce the rules. Consumers’ awareness of their legal rights and ways of gaining redress and the steps they can take to protect their own self-interest and safety are an important adjunct to promoting a flourishing consumer marketplace. The aim of developing public awareness models for consumer protection in ASEAN is to offer a generic approach that can be adapted and applied by agencies in ASEAN Member States (AMS)to a range of environments and circumstances. The models need to be flexible to enable them to be adapted to various needs and contexts for implementation across all AMS, recognising the cultural and economic differences between countries in the region. This report comprise of two document: Consumer Education Models. This document presents three different Models that target the different resource capacities and experiences of consumer protection agencies within ASEAN. The models AMS intentionally presented at a broad level to account for the different priority areas that each AMS may have for consumer education. The models are not intended to constrain adaptation and innovation. The broad level of the models also allows for them to remain applicable to AMS as conditions and priorities change. The Models are designed to be tailored to a range of contexts, and to be implemented by regulatory bodies, consumer agencies and NGOs. The Guidelines. This document complements the Models. It is designed to help individual AMS plan a consumer protection initiative. To...