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...

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...

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...