This month’s topics
- Knowledge Incubator: EU ASEAN Science and Technology Days
- Development partners on Transport and Trade Facilitation get organised
- The EU helps ASEAN statistics – COMPASS launches its website
- Narrowing the Development Gap in trade in goods statistics in ASEAN
- The European Union and ASEAN cooperate to harmonise ASEAN Higher Education
- Regional Conference on the implementation of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market
- Air Traffic Management: moving from paper to digital management
- EU ASEAN collaboration on Intellectual Property Right continues
- ARISE assists Myanmar on Safety Regulations for Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Development partners on Transport and Trade Facilitation get organised
Bangkok, 12-13 March. The EU attended the second meeting of Development Partners in the Greater Mekong Sub-region on Transport and Trade Facilitation (TTF). The event was organised by the Asian Development Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The meeting was about checking mapping the various on-going TTF support projects at regional, sub-regional and national level as well as discussing the best way to monitor progress. The meeting also finalised a comprehensive work document on TTF assistance in the region that should help coordination.
The outcomes of the meeting will be made available at a workshop on the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in the context of ASEAN Economic Community, co-organised by ASEAN, ADB and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction on 19 March 2015 in Jakarta.
The EU helps ASEAN statistics – COMPASS launches its website
Jakarta, 12 February. COMPASS, the new EUR 7.5 million project that helps the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office and the ASEAN Community Statistical System, has launched its website on 12 February. Hosted in ASEAN Secretariat website, the site can be accessed at http://compass.asean.org . It features information on COMPASS. It will regularly inform the audience on events, field missions. It will also serve as resource centre for thematic papers and reports published by the project.
Better Statistics to Narrow the Development Gap in ASEAN
Siem Reap, 10-12 March. COMPASS project facilitated a workshop on trade in goods statistics for experts from Customs and National Statistical Officers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Viet Nam (the CLMV countries) and the ASEAN Secretariat. The workshop identified detailed issues where CLMV countries face gaps in the compilation and production of data, especially regarding the quality of collecting, validating and disseminating data. The meeting then defined a work plan for the next two or three years to address these gaps.
The European Union and ASEAN cooperate to harmonise ASEAN Higher Education
Jakarta, 5 March 2015. The EU and ASEAN are embarking on a new initiative which contributes to the harmonisation of higher education in ASEAN. The new programme is called SHARE or “European Union Support to Higher Education in ASEAN”. The EU and a consortium of higher education institutions – led by the British Council – have signed an agreement for the implementation of the programme which will be launched shortly for a duration of four years.
“The key idea is to share the EU’s experience with ASEAN. We want to support ASEAN in their efforts to improve standards. ASEAN Higher Education Institutions will draw on the experience of the EU’s Bologna process and the single European Higher Education Area (EHEA)”, said Colin Crooks, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to ASEAN.
“SHARE will contribute to the harmonisation of ASEAN higher education standards, the mutual recognition of certificates and diplomas and hence the mobility of students. The programme will further develop the ASEAN Qualification Framework and Quality Assurance. Students will be able to easily move between universities and colleges, through the ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) and the ASEAN-EU Credit Transfer System (AECTS). Scholarship schemes for student exchanges will also be available”, said Mr Crooks.
Deputy Secretary General for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), Alicia dela Rosa Bala said: “SHARE serves as a vehicle to strengthen the ASEAN-EU partnership, while at the same time supporting ASEAN’s goals of integration, community building and ASEAN connectivity. SHARE helps to underpin the ASEAN Community by 2015 and beyond”.
Regional Conference on the implementation of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market.
Bangkok, 10-11 March 2015. 100 senior officials from transport ministries and executives from the aviation industry of ASEAN member states attended the conference. The Thai Deputy Permanent Secretary of Transport and the Director of Finance, Industry & Infrastructure of the ASEAN Secretariat opened the meeting, together with the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Bangkok.
Representatives from the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the EU industry participated in the four panels. The conference highlighted the need for ASEAN to achieve a true level playing field required for the development of a Single Aviation Market. It recommended the ASEAN aviation industry to take a more prominent role in the development of ASAM. The conference was organised by AATIP.
More information can be accessed on the AATIP website: www.aatip.org
Air Traffic Management: from paper to digital management
Bangkok, 24-26 February. Under its Air Traffic Management theme, the European Union’s ASEAN Air Transport Integration Project (AATIP) held a workshop to share with the ASEAN Member Sates the EU experience on aeronautical information. The EU moved from a paper-based to a digital Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) – an intelligent innovation in the service of administrations and travelers alike. 50 Air Traffic Management providers and Civil Aviation Authorities experts from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam attended this workshop.
EU ASEAN collaboration on Intellectual Property Right continues
Brunei Darussalam, 12 March 2015. The third meeting of the Project Steering Committee of the EU-ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (ECAP III) was held in, back to back with the 46th session of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation.
The Project Steering Committee, who is the body responsible to oversee and validate the overall direction and policy of the project, adopted the ECAP III Phase II Annual Work Plan 2015 and approved the project Activity Report 2014. The Annual Work Plan 2015 comprises a total of 21 key activities to be implemented across the ASEAN region between March 2015 and February 2016.
The Project Steering Committee meeting was co-chaired by Mr TAN Yih San, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Chair of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation, on behalf of ASEAN and Mr Antonio Berenguer, Head of Trade and Economic Section, European Union Delegation in Bangkok, on behalf of the European Union. The meeting was attended by representatives of the ten ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, the European Union Delegation in Bangkok and the EU Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in its capacity as project implementing agency.
ARISE assists Myanmar on Safety Regulations for Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Yangon, 10-11 March 2015. ARISE held a two-day workshop for government officials and industry to discuss issues related to the updating of the Electrical regulation, and its impact on trade and safety.
Participants were able to learn about ASEAN’s initiatives and the progress made by other ASEAN Members in participating in the mutual recognition arrangements (MRA) and developing their legislation and testing and certification services.
ARISE experts and representatives from the Vietnamese authorities shared their experience with officials from Myanmar while the Head of the Asia Pacific Regional Centre, Dennis Chew, of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) explained the international developments and as well as the support available from the IEC.
This was followed by a comprehensive review of the actions needed for developing the regulations under the new Electricity law and plans were made for ARISE to continue providing support towards the development of a modern and effective regulatory regime for Myanmar that not only will improve consumer safety but also permit it to participate in the ASEAN Electrical and Electronic Equipment Harmonised Regulatory Regime and trade electrical products with other ASEAN Member States.