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...

Project Briefs for eight PPP Projects ASEAN Public – Private Partnership (PPP) Programme is now published

Recognising the need to leverage private capital for the implementation of projects under the Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), a Project Briefs for Selected PPP Projects ASEAN Public – Private Partnership (PPP) Programme is now available for public access. The report contains briefs of eight (8) short listed ASEAN projects to be potentially implemented under various schemes of public-private partnerships (PPP) under the ASEAN PPP Programme. This report is produced as a guide for potential investors and interested parties to better understand priority infrastructure pipeline projects in ASEAN for potential PPP implementation. The project briefs were developed under the auspices of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), written by the World Bank, through the support of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme Phase II (AADCP II). Download the full publication...

The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) Forum and Seminar in Yangon, Myanmar

The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) Forum and Seminar was held on 20 – 21 July 2016 in Yangon, Myanmar. The theme of the event was “Positioning of Myanmar as an Investment Destination through ACIA”. The event was attended by government officials, private sector representatives, the Republic of the Union Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), and representatives from the embassies of ASEAN Member States and the Embassy of Australia for Myanmar. The forum highlighted the prominent features of ACIA and its potential benefits to Myanmar, and shared investors’ experiences of investing in Myanmar. The forum was the sixth ACIA Forum held in the region, following similar events in Bangkok and Singapore in April 2016.  More information about the event, click...