This project was a manifestation of the overall movement of ASEAN towards encouraging the development of service-based trade economies, as part of its general objective to promote economic growth through liberalisation. The project investigated and identified obstacles to this transition, and the final report recommended methods to facilitate deeper and continued liberalisation of trade in services within the ASEAN community. The main aims of this SDNAS were firstly to determine the capacity building needs required to open up trade in selected service sectors across both individual ASEAN Member States (AMS) and the wider ASEAN region, and secondly to propose an integrated work plan that recommends follow-up actions to address those needs. 

The global objective of this assignment was to implement the evaluation of the additional EC contribution to the newly joined countries as well as to assess the project’s overall achievements to date in terms of sustainability, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and relevance.

The Getting Financial Services Survey Initiative was a new World Bank Group program which had been launched for the first time in 2007. The goal was to collect information on availability of a spectrum of retail financial services through the principal commercial banks of a country, and to understand how such services could be expanded or strengthened. The program was initially launched in a pilot group of 30-50 countries world wide, with the aim of achieving global coverage within a year. A standardized survey instrument was used across all countries to ensure cross-country comparability.

The 6th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM) at Vientiane, Lao PDR, on July 2004, requested that the ASEAN Secretariat explore options for undertaking a study on ‘Promoting Sustainable Minerals Trade and Investment in ASEAN’. In response to this request, the ASEAN Secretariat, through the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) Regional Economic Policy Support Facility (REPSF), contracted ABARE and MKE to undertake REPSF project no. 04/009 Enhancing ASEAN Minerals Trade and Investment.

The objective of the project was to produce a report of practical use to Australian and New Zealand firms who work in development across a range of areas (including engineering, infrastructure design, governance, and vocational education and training) with the aim of increasing knowledge of and access to job opportunities in the development industry. The report was presented at the ‘Developing Cambodia 2010’ seminar hosted by Austrade and NZTE in Phnom Penh.