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EU-ASEAN News – January 2015

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January 21, 2015 Comments (0) ASEAN

This month’s topics

  • Higher Education: EU ASEAN SHARE Programme Kicks Off
  • Statistics and Measuring Integration: EU-ASEAN COMPASS Checking the Course
  • Women in Enterprises: The EU helps with Social Protection
  • Prospects for EU-ASEAN Relations: Panel Discussion in Brussels
  • ARISE continues to make good progress on preparations for the implementation of the pilot ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS)
  • READI facilitates Joint Research in ASEAN on Japanese Encephalitis

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Higher Education: EU ASEAN SHARE Programme Kicks Off

Jakarta, 15 January. – The EU Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (EU SHARE) programme has been launched. In the next four years the EU will share its experience with ASEAN for the improvement of standards and quality of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the ASEAN region. SHARE draws on the experience of the “Bologna Process” and the established European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This 10 million Euro programme is the first major technical support to higher education institutions, helping to building the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

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Statistics and Measuring Integration: EU-ASEAN COMPASS Checking the Course

Jakarta, 13-14 January. – COMPASS is the new EUR 7.5 million project that helps the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office and the ASEAN Community Statistical System. The COMPASS Project Steering Committee (PSC) held its first meeting on 14 January 2015 at the ASEAN Secretariat. The Meeting agreed the overall work plan as well as the 2015 work plan.

The discussions covered the use of a quality monitoring tool that would be suitable to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the National Statistical System in the ASEAN Member States; as well as analyse the quality of specific sector statistics and key indicators. In addition, the meeting focused on narrowing the “statistical gap” between the ASEAN-6 and the CLMV members.

That gap is mostly about human resources and IT equipment. Regarding the first, COMPASS will earmark 160.000 Euro to fund the study of candidates from CLMV members for one or two years in a Statistical Institute, either in Indonesia or Philippines. As to equipment, a budget of 350.000 Euro is earmarked under COMPASS. The CLMV members were eager to understand ICT procurement procedures, as well as the related activities that would take place.

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Women in Enterprises: The EU helps with Social Protection

Manila, 4-5 December. – EU READI funded an ASEAN Conference on Good Practices in Social Protection for Women in Enterprise Development. 38 Senior Officials from the ten ASEAN member states convened to advocate strategies that enhance social protection, in line with the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection of 2013.

That requires both the informal sector and government to play a role, in order to better respond and coordinate social protection and delivery services. Promoting women economic empowerment works notably by strengthening social protection mechanisms for those engaged in enterprise development.

The conference, hosted by the Philippines Commission on Women, issued recommendations to the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women (ACW).

For photos and details here.

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Prospects for EU-ASEAN Relations: Panel Discussion in Brussels

As part of its capacity building activities, READI supported a panel discussion on EU-ASEAN relations on 11 December 2014 in Brussels. The event featured policy makers and researchers from both regions and was organised with the Brussels-based EU-Asia Centre.

For an event report please see the Centre’s website here.

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ARISE continues to make good progress on preparations for the implementation of the pilot ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS)

Kuala Lumpur, 13-14 January. – ARISE met with the 8th ACTS Sub-working group, to present the pilot ACTS Quality Plan and timetable of activities, which had been circulated prior to the meeting for comment.

National ACTS Project Teams have been set up in each of the pilot countries, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.  ARISE has supported the attendance of representatives from Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam at the sub-working group meetings for ACTS (SWG-ACTS).

ASEAN Member States (AMS) have also made progress, with the support of ARISE, on the definition of standard electronic messages to be exchanged between them once the system goes live.  In addition, work has advanced on the criteria for Authorised Transit Traders (ATT) and the guarantee system to protect the duties and taxes at risk while goods are being transported under ACTS.  The consortium that will develop the ACTS pilot system has started work, in conjunction with AMS and ARISE, on the detailed software specifications.  All is on course for the start of ACTS pilot testing in April 2016.

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Japanese Encephalitis: EU READI facilitates Research in ASEAN

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Phnom Penh, 27-28 October 2014. – How to identify the causes of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in humans and how to develop appropriate control strategies for Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam? The ASEAN “companion modelling” or ComMod Pilot Network of Excellence, tries to find an answer through a holistic OneHealth perspective.

This third workshop was funded by READI and conducted by experts Mr Panomsak Promburom and Ms Johanna Lindahl.  The  ComMod approach was used to conceptualise an approach for actors involved and their interactions. “Actors” refers to institutions, groups and individuals, but also to artefacts and other entities, like vectors of the disease or the environments. The exercise contributed to a better understanding of JE, including plausible research questions.

“The partners are extremely happy with what has been done. We all want to continue the work. This demonstrates the interest in continuing this initiative. I hope READI will continue to support us next year”, said Raphael Duboz from Kasetsart University and AIT. 

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