Handbook on Liberalisation of Professional Services through Mutual Recognition in ASEAN: Engineering, Surveying, Accountancy and Architecture Services

The Handbook “LIBERALISATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THROUGH MUTUAL RECOGNITION IN ASEAN” comprise four Handbooks published by the ASEAN Secretariat to provide guidance on the liberalisation of professional services in ASEAN, specifically Engineering, Surveying, Accountancy and Architecture professions. The Handbooks are an important tool to disseminate information and create greater understanding of the liberalisation of the trade in the four areas of services within ASEAN. Through the Handbooks, ASEAN professionals will be able to obtain information on how to qualify and practice as per their professional qualifications, either as an employee, through collaborations or through the setting-up of commercial presence, in all ASEAN Member States (AMS). Each of the Handbook discusses the definition of mutual recognition and Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA), models of mutual recognition and MRAs in several jurisdictions, and international and regional MRAs on the specific services. It then provides an overview of the qualification requirements and analyses various issues surrounding the liberalisation of the specific services in ASEAN. It also provides several proposals for reform of the liberalization of the specific services in ASEAN and offers a few concluding thoughts. Download Handbook on Liberalisation of Professional Services through Mutual Recognition in ASEAN: Architecture Services Download Handbook on Liberalisation of Professional Services through Mutual Recognition in ASEAN: Surveying Services Download Handbook on Liberalisation of Professional Services through Mutual Recognition in ASEAN: Accountancy Services Download Handbook on Liberalisation of Professional Services through Mutual Recognition in ASEAN: Engineering Services  Related Project: Handbook on Core Competencies & Domestic Regulation Development of Implementation/Action Plans to Enhance Mobility of ASEAN Professionals on Accountancy Services Development of Implementation/Action Plans to Enhance Mobility of ASEAN Professionals on Surveying...

Development Prospects of the ASEAN Power Sector: Towards an Integrated Electricity Market

The power sector is fundamental to the energy outlook for Southeast Asia. The demand for power is projected to grow faster than any other final form of energy, accounting for 58% of growth in total demand. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to add 354 gigawatts of additional capacity for power generation by 2040, which more than doubles today’s capacity and calls for investments of USD 618 billion in generation and USD 690 billion in the transmission and distribution of this power. The report, “Development Prospects of the ASEAN Power Sector: Towards an Integrated Electricity Market,” was presented and launched during the ASEAN-International Energy Agency (IEA) meeting in Kuala Lumpur last September. The report is the final output of the joint ASEAN, IEA and AADCP II initiative to provide guidance to policy makers in response to the demands for establishing and strengthening the necessary institutions and frameworks for such electricity systems. Download...

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...

Infrastructure Investment Report

This report details the status of intra-ASEAN infrastructure, with a special emphasis on the initiatives outlined in the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), and highlights the potential role the private sector might have in helping ASEAN to meet its infrastructure requirements. The purpose of this report is to increase ASEAN’s exposure to the global infrastructure community and make the case for the investment opportunity offered by intra-ASEAN infrastructure. This report was distributed with the December/January 2014 issue of Infrastructure Investor, through InfrastructureInvestor.com....

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...