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What is AADCP II?


ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP II)

AADCP II is a seven year (2008-15), $57 million program that supports ASEAN's goal of establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, with significant medium and long term economic benefits for the region. 

AADCP II focuses on building the institutional capacity of ASEC, funding critical economic research and policy activities, and implementing projects that help less developed ASEAN member states operationalise elements of the ASEAN Economic Blueprint. 


What's different about AADCP II?


For the first time Australia are working directly with ASEC in both designing and delivering the program. Importantly the program is using ASEC systems to deliver the program.


What types of activities are carried out under AADCP II?


There are four key areas of activities:

(i) Strengthening ASEC Institutional Capacity - improving selection and engagement of external experts; software development for human resources; corporate planning; human resource management strengthening

(ii) Economic research and policy - provision of high quality and timely research and policy advice on priority regional economic intigration issues.

(iii) ASEAN Economic Community implementation - Support of regional mechanisims/capacity for implementation of selected high priority AEC Blueprint activities at a national level.

(iv) Technical specialists and management support - recruitment of the Chief Economist, two national senior level economists, development specialist, senior and technical officers.


How can countries gain access to funding under the program?


Activities are identified, prioritised and programmed annually in consultation with the ASEAN Working Groups and ASEC to form a an annual work program, which is discussed and approved by the Joint Planning and Review Committee (JPRC) consisting of, the Australian Government, ASEC and ASEAN member states. The JPRC meets bi-annually and can also approve activities out of session if required.