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
|NO||Member States||Contact Address of ACCC Members|
H.E. Adnan Ja'afar
ACCC Representative of Brunei Darussalam
Deputy Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
H.E. Amb. Kan Pharidh*
ACCC Representative of Cambodia
Royal Embassy of Cambodia and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ASEAN
H.E. Mr. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya
ACCC Representative of Indonesia
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to ASEAN
H.E. Amb. Latsamy Keomany*
ACCC Representative of Lao PDR
Permanent Mission of Lao PDR to ASEAN
H.E. Dato' Hasnudin Hamzah
ACCC Representative of Malaysia
Permanent Mission of Malaysia to ASEAN
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
ACCC Representative of the Philippines
The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to ASEAN
H.E. Amb. Lim Thuan Kuan
ACCC Representative of Singapore
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to ASEAN
H.E. Mr. Pradap Pibulsonggram
ACCC Representative of Thailand
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tien Minh
ACCC Representative of Vietnam
Director-General of the ASEAN Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs