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...

Project Briefs for Selected PPP Projects

This report contains briefs of eight (8) short listed ASEAN projects to be potentially implemented under various schemes of public-private partnerships (PPP) resulting from the ASEAN PPP Programme. The projects presented include: Bien Hoa – Vung Tau Expressway (Viet Nam) Central Luzon Link Expressway (Philippines) Kanchanaburi – Phu Nam Ron Motorway (Thailand) Laos Road No. 3: ASEAN Highway No. 3 (Lao PDR) Makassar Port (Indonesia) Manado – Bitung Toll Road (Indonesia) North Luzon Expressway East Project (Philippines) Trans-Sumatra Toll Road: Kayu Agung – Betung (Indonesia) The short listed projects were derived from regional and national infrastructure priority pipelines which were subjected to selection methodologies covering a range of criteria pertaining to strategic relevance, level of project development, project feasibility, complexity of implementation and fiscal impact. The short-listing process was conducted through desk review of projects based on available information and consultations with concerned public and private sector officials from the Member States, multilateral and bilateral development organizations and other relevant information sources. The project briefs were developed under the auspices of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) by the World Bank through the support of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme Phase II (AADCP II). Download the report...

Roadmap to Enhance Mobility of ASEAN Professionals on Surveying Services

This road map supports implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for Surveying. While the MRA has not been implemented,  there is currently no limitation on the free movement of surveying professionals engaged in specific projects requiring engineering surveys, GIS and related activities, mapping, geodetic surveying and hydrographic surveying. However, without the MRA being implemented a surveyor from one ASEAN country could face difficulties in practicing surveying in another ASEAN country. The one area where mobility is limited and MRA implementation difficult is in cadastral surveying related to land administration, property and land development. The core goal to implement an MRA can only be achieved by enhancement of a sustainable surveying profession across all ASEAN member states that underpins country specific, regional and global progress and development. This road map recognizes that a long term vision for mobility and mutual recognition agreements for professional ASEAN surveyors requires appropriate education, professional competencies and institutions. If these needs across AMS can be better understood, documented and enhanced then MRAs and mobility of surveyors will be enhanced. This road map contains detailed activities and outcomes to better understand, document and enhance the education, professional competencies and institutions to ensure a robust and strong surveying profession that will meet the needs of all ASEAN member states for surveying services into the future Download the roadmap here. Related project: Development of Implementation/Action Plans to Enhance Mobility of ASEAN Professionals on Surveying...