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...

Six Modules on Strengthening Technical Competency on Consumer Protection in ASEAN

These modules aim to enhance AMS with effective capacities to adopt and implement consumer protection laws at the national level. They serve as resource materials for training, focusing on technical requirements provisionally involving consumer concerns and demands in 6 core areas: – Consumer Credit & Banking Module – E-Commerce – Environment – Health Care – Product Safety and Labeling – Professional Services These modules were developed through collaboration with UNCTAD. Related project: Strengthening Technical Competency on Consumer Protection in...

Aligning GAPs in the Philippines and Vietnam

The ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) is providing on-going support for the development and implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the ASEAN region. This report will capture some of the achievements and lessons learned from the experience of aligning ASEAN Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) with national GAP in the Philippines and Vietnam. Research for this report was undertaken during visits to the Philippines (February 16-17, 2015) and Vietnam (March 5-7, 2015)   Download Report (Full Version) Download Report (Short...

Consumer Protection Digests and Case Studies – a Policy Guide (volume 2)- 2015

Manufacturers and retailers of goods, other than those for immediate consumption, regularly offer consumers an ‘express warranty’ — an undertaking to repair or replace the goods should they break or otherwise prove defective within a specified period. In some cases these express warranties are ‘voluntary’, in the sense that they are provided by the retailer or manufacturer without additional charge. Another type of express warranty is an extended warranty — an undertaking by the provider of the express warranty (who may be the retailer, the manufacturer or a third party) to repair or replace faulty goods for a specified ‘extended’ period, over and above the period of the voluntary express warranty. It is purchased by the consumer through a contract separate from the original purchase. The benefits provided to consumers by both of these types of express warranties are dependent largely on the terms of the warranty and the consumers’ own preferences. Two additional critical factors that may be addressed by consumer protection legislation are: the rights of the consumer to enforce the warranty against the retailer or manufacturer who provided it whether sufficient information is available to consumers to allow them to make meaningful choices based on the existence of the warranty. This publication discusses best practices in the consumer protection law in place in AMS, Australia, and the European Union in responding to various issues. Consumer rights and guarantees in regard to goods and services that are provided by statute are discussed in Digest 11, included in Volume 1 of this publication. Policy Guide Vol....

ASEAN Investment Report 2015 – Infrastructure Investment and Connectivity

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into ASEAN has risen for the third consecutive year from $117.7 billion in 2013 to $136.2 billion in 2014. Despite a 16% decline of global FDI flows in 2014, ASEAN Member States have collectively received the largest FDI among developing countries. Due to robust regional economic fundamentals, cost advantages, regional integration, and on-going efforts to improve the investment environment in ASEAN, the region is now seen as a prime investment destination, attracting investments and influencing corporate strategies in the region. Investments from ASEAN Member States also continue to rise, reaching $24.4 billion in 2014 from $19.4 billion of the previous year. With intra-ASEAN investment accounting for 18% of the total FDI into the region, ASEAN is now the 2nd largest investor in its own region, manifesting greater interest from the business community to have a stronger regional presence in light of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of 2015. This 2015 ASEAN Investment Report focuses on infrastructure investment and connectivity – both critical in supporting ASEAN’s economic growth as they improve logistical efficiency, reduce transaction costs and support greater flow of trade and investment. Highlighting the important role of the private sector in helping governments to bridge the infrastructure gap in ASEAN and the linkages of various players across the infrastructure value chain, this Annual Report continues to provide useful updates on the latest developments in the ASEAN investment landscape. This report was prepared under a technical cooperation arrangement between the ASEAN Secretariat and the UNCTAD Division on Investment and Enterprise (DIAE). This report was published in 2015, and also currently available at the UNCTAD website. Download...