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.

The East Asia Pacific Enterprise Survey Initiative (the Initiative) was a World Bank Group (the World Bank) program that consolidated and standardized the Enterprise Surveys (formerly the Investment Climate Surveys). The goal was to have implementing contractors use a standardize method to survey the manufacturing and retail sectors in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Papa New Guinea, Lao PDR, Fiji, Samoa, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Micronesia. Standardizing survey instruments, survey methodology and survey implementation, would significantly reduce measurement error and improve cross-country comparability. 

The MPDF was in the process of designing Phase III of the MPDF and commissioned this private sector development review as part of the scoping process. The project aimed to: a) identify emerging opportunities as well as constraints and market failures; and b) map government strategies, donor activities/priorities and private sector trends to describe IFC-MPDF’s institutional operating environment and identify gaps or overlap.

The Project was the second stage of a policy study for the UNDP’s Regional Energy Programme for Poverty Reduction (REP-PoR). The ultimate goal of the project was to arrive at policy recommendations to governments and to the UNDP on how to minimise the negative impacts and increase the benefits of trade on the poor within the context of helping countries meet their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The study as a whole had components at the global, regional and national levels. The overall project examines the linkages between international energy trade and poverty in the Asia-Pacific context. The study was supported by multiple national level case studies.