Workshop on Toolboxes Improvement of ASEAN Tourism Master Trainers and Assessors

6 October 2016, Jakarta Representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam attended the Regional workshop today in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss the refinement of existing toolboxes for Master Trainer and Master Assessor developed in 2015. The refinement is made based on feedback from ASEAN Master Trainers and Assessors to ensure the quality of the competency-based training under the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professional. The workshop also identifies mechanism of certification of master trainers and master assessor and their roles in the implementation of MRA-TP. A draft guideline for MRA-TP Trainers and Assessors developed by the William Angliss’s experts is also being discussed with the participants. The guideline later on will provide a clearer and more accountable mechanism and procedures to the National Tourism Professional Board (NTPB) and the Tourism Professional Certification Boards (TPCB) -or its national equivalent- in managing the training and certification for national trainers and assessors. The workshop is held under the coordination of  the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat in the framework of the ASEAN – Australia Development Cooperation Program (phase II)’s support program for supporting the MRA-TP implementation....

ASEAN Leaders adopt Master Plan on Connectivity 2025

ASEAN Leaders adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 (MPAC 2025) on 6 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The MPAC 2025 focus on five strategic areas: sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence and people mobility seeks to add value by complementing and synergising the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025, ASEAN sectoral work plans, and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III, as well as enhancing synergies with other sub-regional and inter-regional frameworks. The MPAC 2025, which succeeds the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2010, was developed taking account the results of the MPAC 2010 implementation review along with the feedbacks from relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and other stakeholders, with the support from ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Programme II (AADCP II). The Master Plan is available for download here Watch the MPAC 2025 video...

The second AFIF training for BCLMV Central Banks held in Hanoi

The second ASEAN Financial Integration Framework (AFIF) training course on “Bank Business, Governance Structure and Risk Management” was held in August 8 – 12 August 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam, following the first course on “Credit Risk” held in Myanmar in May 2016. Participants for both courses were central bank officers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. The training course through small working groups and case study exercise will enable participants to understand the major types of modern banking business models, bank’s balance sheet, major risks faced, and bank’s governance structure in relation to its risk management. The training is part of the AADCP II’s project “Capacity Building of selected ASEAN Countries for ASEAN Financial Integration Framework (AFIF) – Phase II which is a continuation of an earlier capacity building initiative of ASEAN funded by AADCP II and implemented by South East Asian Central Banks Research and Training Centre (SEACEN), aimed at bridging the capacity gaps among the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in understanding issues and implementing initiatives to support ASEAN financial integration. AADCP II is to support the next remaining AFIF course which will be held in Cambodia in late August...

The International Conference on Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professional (MRA-TP), Jakarta, Indonesia

The International Conference on Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professional (MRA-TP) was held on 8 and 9 August 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  It was co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat.  The Conference brought together almost five hundred participants comprising the high-level government officials from ASEAN and beyond, international tourism organisations, hotel and tourism associations, industries, educational/training institutions and the media with an aim to increase awareness to the various stakeholders of the MRA-TP.  AADCP II supported the participation of international speakers in this important event.   The Conference addressed a wide range of areas of mutual interest and challenges faced by ASEAN Member States, particularly on (a) expansion of MRA-TP to cover other areas, such as job-titles of Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE); (b) usage of English as basic communication requirement for implementation of MRA-TP including possible establishment of mechanism to assist potential trainees to fulfill this requirement; (c) facilitation of and support for potential participation of training and education institutions in ASEAN Member States; (d) strengthening of collaborations amongst industry, training and education institutions, and governments through respective National Tourism Professional Board (NTPB) to facilitate the exchange of best practices with the view to harmonizing and updating regional and/or international tourism competencies and curricula; and (f) improvement of facilitation on registration for ASEAN Tourism Professional and related stakeholders through ASEAN Tourism Professional Registration System....

ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System (ATPRS) is now live

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) on Tourism Professionals aims to facilitate mobility of tourism professionals within ASEAN based on a competency-based certification system. Through the support of the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Monitoring Committee, an ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System (ATPRS) was launched on 19 July 2016. ATPRS is a web based- based job-matching platform that aims to connect hotel and tourism industry with qualified ASEAN Tourism Professionals across ASEAN. More than 6,000 ATPs are expected to register in the first year of MRA implementation, with numbers expected to continuously increase in following years in line with the increased awareness about this arrangement. The ATPRS will be continuously developed to answer the needs of the industry. The system will be managed and maintained by a Regional Secretariat based in...