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Development of Framework for Improving ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity

Status: ongoing.

The ASEAN Leaders adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 at the 28th ASEAN Summit on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. ASEAN aims to build a seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated ASEAN that will promote competitiveness, inclusiveness, and a greater sense of Community through five strategic areas, namely, sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence, and people mobility. This project is part of MPAC 2025 Initiative 2, which aims to establish an ASEAN platform to measure and improve infrastructure productivity.

Given multiple infrastructure requirements with scarce resources available, it is important for ASEAN Member States (AMS) to ensure that the impact of every dollar invested is maximised by finding ways to reduce the costs and time of developing infrastructure projects without affecting its performance. Moreover, AMS also need to ensure continuous efficiency of existing infrastructure. There is a need to develop a comprehensive framework to enhance future infrastructure planning and development. One of the underlying challenges which AMS encountered in terms of improving infrastructure productivity is the lack of a comprehensive framework to understand the value of infrastructure productivity and the levels of assessing infrastructure productivity that covers the full range of aspects including infrastructure regulations, governance and implementation accountability, among others, for all AMS.

This project aims to promote and improve infrastructure productivity in ASEAN. It will produce a Framework for Assessment of ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity containing scope, key principles, key actions, work streams of projects and activities, and implementation mechanism, including corresponding indicators. The proposed framework will include assessment of systems, procedures and practices for areas such as project selection, project funding and financing, delivery of projects and efficiency in existing infrastructure projects among ASEAN Member States and designing policy and operational recommendations to improve infrastructure productivity based on regional and international lessons learnt and best practices.

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