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Establishing the Mechanism to Enhance National Data Collection, Compilation and Dissemination for the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS)

I. Background

The Roadmap for the ASEAN Community (2009-2015) comprised blueprints to guide the timely implementation of ASEAN’s regional integration agenda. Different mechanisms were utilised to monitor the progress of these integration efforts, including the Community Scorecards and other sector-specific monitoring and surveillance tools. The ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS) is intended to complement the other monitoring tools in tracking the progress of the ASEAN Community building efforts. As the ACPMS covers broad areas of economic, socio-cultural, and the Millennium Development Goals, the enhanced framework and descriptive indicators of the measured outcomes on the envisaged characteristics of ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community pillars were presented.

The two (2) previous editions of the ACPMS have been well received and this prompted the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) Committee to commit its support for its regular publication. As such, it is necessary to address the bottlenecks that affect its compilation, particularly those at the national level. It would also be worthwhile to consider how the ACPMS can be further enhanced especially in the context of the ASEAN Community 2025 vision and agenda, which will be launched at the 27th ASEAN Summit in November 2015.

Despite the initial success of the ACPMS, there remain a number of important issues that need to be addressed in order to further pursue the goal of promoting and enhancing the ACPMS as a supplementary monitoring tool and mechanism, especially in the context of the ASEAN Community 2025 for which specific monitoring mechanisms/tools would be developed and adopted by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), ASEAN SocioCultural Community (ASCC) and ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC):

  • ACPMS depends on data collected from the National Statistical System (NSS) in each AMS. To date, there is yet a national-level data collection system among the various data producing agencies in some AMS. For ACPMS overall sustainability, there needs to be a national-level data collection, compilation and dissemination mechanism to ensure timeliness and effective coordination amongst the various data producing agencies within the NSS. A clearly appointed agency needs to be given the mandate to enforce the implementation of the mechanism, overseen by an ASEAN higher body. The mechanism should be customised to respond to the unique setting and existing constraints faced by each AMS, which include statistical capacity, resource capacity and governance. Commitment and support from high level regional bodies are key drivers to the implementation of the ACPMS at the national level.
  • To promote the implementation of the mechanism, ACPMS also needs to generate demand among its stakeholders. The first step in generating this demand is to understand the ACPMS’ target audience: ‘who’ would use ACPMS both at the regional and national level, ‘how’ and ‘when’ ACPMS data should be used, and subsequently set up a strategy to ensure that: a) the target audience is aware of the  2 of 10 Terms of Reference
    Establishing the Mechanism to Enhance National Data Collection, Compilation and Dissemination for the ACPMS availability of the ACPMS; and b) ACPMS data are delivered to its target audience on time and in an appropriate format for maximum utilisation. This utilisation strategy will be applied to the ACPMS 2015 report, which will also be produced through this proposed project. Through this approach, it is expected that ACPMS will gain higher recognition and endorsement from the ASEAN higher bodies as well as from national policy/decision makers as another integration monitoring tool.
  • Continuous improvement of the ACPMS is deemed necessary to sustain and increase ACPMS’ utilisation by stakeholders. Improvement of the methodology, database update, and a 3-year development plan produced through this proposed project is expected to improve ACPMS data quality and utilisation in the future. Improvement of the methodology will include documentations and trainings to increase ACSS’ statistical capacity and ensure knowledge is properly retained, for future staff turnover.

This project intends to establish mechanisms to enhance data collection, compilation and dissemination of the ACPMS, as well as a utilization strategy to generate awareness of the ACPMS and advocate its use to a wider audience. These actions are expected to address the previous issues and challenges experienced in the publication of the ACPMS 2012 and design developmental works to ensure the sustainability of the ACPMS national data collection and to promote its purpose as another effective monitoring mechanism in the ASEAN.

II. Needs and Objectives

This project intends to promote the ACPMS as a regular monitoring and disseminating tool, recognized by the ASEAN higher bodies and ACSS. To this end, mechanisms to enhance and systematise data collection, compilation and dissemination of the ACPMS, as well as a utilization strategy to generate awareness of the ACPMS and advocate its use to a wider audience will have to be established. These actions are expected to address the previous issues and challenges experienced in the publication of the ACPMS 2012 and design developmental works to ensure the sustainability of the ACPMS.

III Outputs

The outputs of this project include the following:

  1. Proposed mechanism on national data collection, endorsed by the ACSS Committee, including a Terms
    of Reference and 3-year action plan for the ACPMS National Team ; and a regional-level monitoring
    mechanism for their implementation which can support the institutionalisation of ACPMS
  2. Enhanced ACPMS methodology and updated database of ACPMS indicators covering the most recent
    years, 2012-2014;
  3. ACPMS 2015 Report;
  4. ACPMS utilisation plan; and
  5. ACPMS infographics

In addition to the above outputs, the consultant is required to submit activity/progress reports as described in Section V: Reporting

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