ASEAN Connectivity

2/21/2013

Thursday, 21 February 2013

ASEAN Connectivity is now a buzz word in the region. With current efforts to integrate ASEAN into a single community in 2015, connectivity can never be more important. With this backdrop, in 2010 ASEAN Leaders have adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC). The master plan is a compilation of carefully deliberated projects across the 3 pillars of ASEAN Community which is deemed essential in connecting the ten member states of ASEAN into a single community. To be precise, MPAC consist of 19 priority areas entailing 84 key action projects divided into physical, institutional, and people-to-people connectivity.

In an effort to accelerate the implementation of the MPAC, the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) was established. In its second year in 2012, the ACCC have established a practice to convene a thrice-annual meeting amongst member states, consultation with Japan and China, as well as an informal consultation with ASEAN Dialogue Partners. In 2011, Indonesia as the chair decided that the ACCC shall hold an annual Symposium to ensure enlarged promotion of the MPAC to relevant stakeholders, both inside and outside the region.The current ACCC member from Indonesia is Ambassador NgurahSwajaya, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to ASEAN.

The ACCC also puts an emphasis on collaborating regional with domestic connectivity. In this regard, the ACCC has also been entrusted with coordinating with National Coordinators as decided in the Endorsed Modalities of the ACCC. The task of the National Coordinators is to monitor national implementation of commitments as stated in the MPAC. The current chief of National Coordinator for Indonesia is H.E. LukitaDinarsyahTuwo, Vice Minister for National Development Planning.

As in the case for Indonesia, there's a conscious effort to synergize between MPAC and the Master Plan for Expanded and Accelerated Indonesia's Economic Development (MP3EI) as well as to expand the MPAC to the very eastern and southern part of ASEAN.

Pursuant to this effort, the implementation of the MPAC can be deemed slow in its first three years of its inception. At the moment from the 84 key action projects, ASEAN have completed 7. From the 7 completed projects most of them are in the form of a harmonization of regulations. On the other hand, physical and people-to-people connectivity is figuratively not moving. 

Moving forward, ASEAN needs to further coordination in implementing the key action projects left in the MPAC. For projects that ASEAN could not handle by itself, ASEAN should interact with dialogue partners which are potentially interested, especially for high cost physical connectivity projects. 

For more information regarding ASEAN Connectivity, please kindly find related documents below:

1.      Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity

2.      Endorsed Modalities of the ACCC

3.      Project Information Sheet on the 15 priority projects

 

 

The ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC)

(As of 12 March 2013)

ACCC Contact Details

 

NOMember StatesContact Address of ACCC Members
1Brunei Darussalam

 

H.E. Adnan Ja'afar

ACCC Representative of Brunei Darussalam

Deputy Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

 

2Cambodia

 

H.E. Amb. Kan Pharidh*

ACCC Representative of Cambodia

Royal Embassy of Cambodia and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ASEAN

 

3Indonesia

 

H.E. Mr. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya

ACCC Representative of Indonesia

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to ASEAN

 

4Lao PDR

 

H.E. Amb. Latsamy Keomany*

ACCC Representative of Lao PDR

Permanent Mission of Lao PDR to ASEAN

 

5Malaysia

 

H.E. Dato' Hasnudin Hamzah

ACCC Representative of Malaysia

Permanent Mission of Malaysia to ASEAN

 

6Myanmar

 

H.E. Amb. Mr. Min Lwin

ACCC Representative of Myanmar

Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to ASEAN

Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

 

7Philippines

 

(VACANT)

ACCC Representative of the Philippines

The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to ASEAN

 

8Singapore

 

H.E. Amb. Lim Thuan Kuan

ACCC Representative of Singapore

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to ASEAN

 

9Thailand

 

H.E. Mr. Pradap Pibulsonggram

ACCC Representative of Thailand

Former Ambassador

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

10Viet Nam

 

H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tien Minh

ACCC Representative of Vietnam

Director-General of the ASEAN Department

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

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