Technical Reports

First ASEAN Economic Community Symposium, Jakarta, 19 September 2012

Since the AEC goal was first announced by the ASEAN Leaders in 2003, countries in the region have been implementing measures to create a single market and competitive region. Measures to underpin the AEC in such areas as ASEAN single window, single aviation market, integrated investment area, and integration of financial markets have so far increased the attractiveness of ASEAN. This symposium discusses drivers, challenges and opportunities to ensure timely implementation of the AEC.

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About ASEAN Connectivity

The ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), which outlines plans of action for increasing physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity in the region, was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders in 2010. To ensure synergistic implementation of the MPAC by various related ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and Working Groups, related divisions in the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and relevant line ministries in the ASEAN Member States (AMS), it is important to foster a common understanding about ASEAN Connectivity.

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ASEAN Integration Monitoring Report (2013)

This report has been jointly produced by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations— ASEAN Secretariat (ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office) and the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist, East Asia and Pacific Region) as part of the Advisory Services program of the World Bank for ASEAN. These advisory services are being provided under the ASEAN Economic Community Monitoring and Evaluation Program (AECMEP) financed by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program, Phase II (AADCP II) and World Bank non-lending technical assistance.

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Services Diagnostics and Needs Assessment Study (2011)

Liberalisation in services is fundamental to the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is planned to be achieved by 2015. ASEAN leaders have taken this firm decision, and services liberalisation and related domestic reforms are to be implemented by then. Hence, the real challenge to achieving the AEC is not one of negotiating trade commitments on “paper” under AFAS, even though this continues with the 8th package under way, but rather ensuring that all ASEAN Member States (AMS) engage in real or “on the ground” liberalisation to remove barriers to services trade in time for the AEC to be in place from 2015.

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Free Flow of Skilled Labour Study (2010)

The achievement of the free flow of skilled labour in ASEAN is a key element of the AEC Blueprint, focusing on managed mobility of facilitated entry for the movement of natural persons engaged in the trade in goods, services and investment. The AEC Blueprint explicitly addresses the need for the free flow of skilled labour. However, although the Blueprint identified four ‘action’ areas for working toward a freer flow of professionals and skilled labour, it does not offer a clear strategy or pathway that can enable cross-agency actions to facilitate this objective.

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Guidelines on ASEAN Good Aquaculture Practices (ASEAN GAqP) for Food Fish (2014)

The of ASEAN GAqP (Food fish) is to enhance the harmonisation of GAqP programs within the ASEAN region will fulfil one of the major requirements set down by the AEC blueprint for integration by 2015. The AEC Blueprint will transform ASEAN into a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy

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