Are we ready? ASEAN 2015 documents & related articles

Are we ready? ASEAN 2015 documents & related articles

ASEAN2To aid information dissemination  efforts in the Philippines on the ASEAN Community 2015, here are a few links to relevant documents and articles:

ASEAN 2015 — implications of People’s Mobility and Services by Mary Grace L. Riguer

This paper examines the readiness of Philippines for worker mobility within the region of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It focuses on the implications of the impending establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 as specifically governed by rules and regional commitments on free flow services, mutual recognition of qualifications and skills, movement of natural persons, and movement of skilled labor. Read More …

ASEAN Economic Community 2015: SME development – Narrowing Development Gap Measure

This paper evaluates the implementation of the 2010-2015 ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development and the 2004-2009 ASEAN Policy Blueprint for SME Development. The initial interviews and survey results yielded low average effectiveness scores for the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development. Read More …

ASEAN 2015: Opportunities and Challenges (Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta, Former Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ASEAN; Former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN)

Vision: By 2015, a single market and production base is to be established by the ten economies.
–free flow of goods, services, investment, skilled labor & freer flow of capital
–highly competitive single market that promotes equitable economic development for Member States, as well as facilitating their integration with the global community. Read More …

PH gears up for ASEAN 2015 (National Research Council of the Philippines)

Filipino researchers, scientists, and technologists converged in a very important consultative seminar last December 6, 2010, at Traders Hotel in Pasay City to map out the country’s directions towards ASEAN competitiveness by year 2015.

The framework of the policy recommendations and plan of actions were formed through simultaneous expert-discussions organized by NRCP, headed by its President, Dr. Alvin B. Culaba.

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo keynoted this important event with an estimated participation of some 300 experts in various disciplines from several departments such as environment and natural resources, agriculture, health, and education, including the 13 scientific divisions of the NRCP. Other important participants are S&T experts, financial analysts, and economists from the budget, trade and industry, and economic and development departments, as well as private sector and non-government organization representatives. Read More …

Getting Ready for the ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Philippine Investment Liberalization and Facilitation (Rafaelita M. Aldaba)

The paper examines the state of investment liberalization and facilitation in the Philippines and suggests policy measures to enable the country to comply with its AEC commitments. Based on interviews and surveys; the results indicated that investment incentives, low tax rates and time/cost of starting a business are critical factors affecting firms’ decision to invest in the Philippines. The respondents noted significant
improvements in political stability and level of corruption. A great majority of the firms also indicated future expansion of their operations and the ASEAN market as a significant factor in their investment decision. Read More …

Preparing for ASEAN EC 2015 (Manila Bulletin)

By 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community will become a reality – free movement of goods and service and capital. While it will be a great opportunity for those ready for it, it will be a challenge for the other countries that are still unprepared. For the Philippines, it will certainly be a formidable task, given that we have barely two years to go.

Free movement of goods will definitely benefit the consuming public. What about the Philippine manufacturers who are still struggling with the high cost of doing business – power charges, transportation costs, labor costs? Will ASEAN EC 2015 usher the total disappearance of the Philippine manufacturing sector? Read More …

DOT to hold informaton campaign on ASEAN integration: regional director

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 said it will conduct a massive information campaign to make Asean 2015 integration known
among tourism stakeholders.

“Physically, yes, I believe our players are ready for the integration,” said DOT director Rowena Montecillo in a phone interview. But she said her office still needs to conduct trainings and information campaign to boost awareness about the integration. Read More …


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