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 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.