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...

About ASEAN Connectivity

The ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), which outlines plans of action for increasing physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity in the region, was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders in 2010. To ensure synergistic implementation of the MPAC by various related ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and Working Groups, related divisions in the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and relevant line ministries in the ASEAN Member States (AMS), it is important to foster a common understanding about ASEAN Connectivity. The following infographics and videos provide various audience with unified, consistent messaging about the ASEAN Connectivity. Downloads Understanding ASEAN Connectivity The Vision of ASEAN Connectivity Institutional Connectivity Physical Connectivity People-to-people Connectivity View: ASEAN Connectivity Video Series Related Project: Strengthening Communication on ASEAN...

ASEAN Integration Monitoring Report (2013)

Since the adoption of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint in 2007, ASEAN has undertaken various efforts to monitor its implementation. Building upon the AEC Scorecard, this inaugural ASEAN Integration Monitoring Report (AIMR) assesses the progress in four AEC-related dimensions: merchandise trade, trade facilitation, services trade and investment. It focuses on policy and market integration outcomes achieved in ASEAN Member States (AMS), as part of the first pillar of the AEC formation process. The aim is to assess progress drawing on evidence from a large range of indicators on policies and outcomes. The report then suggests priorities for future actions for implementing the AEC 2015 goals. This report has been jointly produced by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations— ASEAN Secretariat (ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office) and the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist, East Asia and Pacific Region) as part of the Advisory Services program of the World Bank for ASEAN. These advisory services are being provided under the ASEAN Economic Community Monitoring and Evaluation Program (AECMEP) financed by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program, Phase II (AADCP II) and World Bank non-lending technical assistance. Download Report Related Project:  AEC Integration Monitoring & Evaluation Capacity Building Program – Phase...

Gap Analysis on Implementation of MRA on Tourism Professionals

To successfully implement the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals across the ASEAN Member States, it is vital that all AMS lay the foundations for such success. Across the ten AMS there is huge variance in the level of existing hard and soft infrastructure on which successful MRA implementation can be built. This Gap Analysis Draft Final Report produces an ASEAN Qualifications Equivalence Matrix laying out existing tourism professionals’ qualifications in all AMS and comparing them to ASEAN Common Competency Standards on Tourism Professionals, Common ASEAN Tourism Curriculum, and Regional Qualification Framework and Skills Recognition System. It also identifies and analyses ten significant gaps which impact the majority of AMS, provides suggestions to address and narrow those gaps, and sets out a priority order and timelines for initiatives to do so. To access the report, please contact the ASEAN Secretariat Infrastructure Division. Related Project(s): Gap Analysis on Implementation of MRA on Tourism...

Feasibility Study for the Establishment of Regional Secretariat for Tourism Professionals (2013)

The project “Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Regional Secretariat for ASEAN Tourism Professionals” has been undertaken to support a common qualification structure that in turn will facilitate the free movement of labour and enhanced connectivity between all ASEAN Member States (AMS) being the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Tourism Professionals. The core objective of this project have been to assess the need on behalf of the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Monitoring Committee (ATPMC) for the Establishment of a Regional Secretariat for ASEAN Tourism Professionals and whether it is the best option to respond to the MRA requirements. If not the best option, what are other alternatives and if the best option, identify how the Regional Secretariat should operate, its processes and mechanisms, and how to position itself to best support the work of the ATPMC and related institutions and ultimately be financially self-sustainable. This Report outlines the recommendations, milestones, budgets and timelines from the Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Regional Secretariat for ASEAN Tourism Professionals. To access the report, please contact the Infrastructure Division of the ASEAN Secretariat. Related Project(s): Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Regional Secretarial for Tourism...

Services Diagnostics and Needs Assessment Study (2011)

Liberalisation in services is fundamental to the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is planned to be achieved by 2015. ASEAN leaders have taken this firm decision, and services liberalisation and related domestic reforms are to be implemented by then. Hence, the real challenge to achieving the AEC is not one of negotiating trade commitments on “paper” under AFAS, even though this continues with the 8th package under way, but rather ensuring that all ASEAN Member States (AMS) engage in real or “on the ground” liberalisation to remove barriers to services trade in time for the AEC to be in place from 2015. Liberalisation of services trade will require promoting much greater awareness among stakeholders, including officials and especially the private sector, of its significant wider economic gains to all individual AMS and ASEAN as a whole, adoption of an appropriate regulatory environment, strong institutions, supportive infrastructure, and enhanced policy coordination and coherence, especially in the less developed AMS. Substantial key and effective capacity building throughout AMS across a broad and diverse range of relevant areas is needed to achieve the goal. To be successful, any needs assessment of capacity constraints must be approached broadly to include building a domestic consensus amongst stakeholders in favour of liberalisation that recognises the overriding national interest. This includes helping to coalesce interests in favour of trade and investment openness, such as exporters of goods and services, which both depend on accessing efficient service inputs for international competitiveness. A coalescence of interests will become increasingly critical in moving forward to meet AEC goals as more difficult areas of liberalisation are inevitably...