Following the successof the EASCAP (EU-ASEAN Statistical Capacity Building Program) project (2009-2012), the € 6 million project funded by the European Union(EU) forthe Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), a newEU – ASEAN Capacity Building Project for Monitoring Integration Progress and Statistics(COMPASS for short) has started in June 2014, and will end in June 2018. Recently, on 14th October 2014,the EU-ASEAN Compass program kicked offin Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The draft Inception plan of this project was presented ata workshop heldbefore the start of meetings of the4thSession of ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) in the next two days.Thefinal version of this plan is launched at the beginning of December and this project will be in the effective start of implementation in 2015.
The previousEASCAP project has already succeeded in strengthening the ASEAN Network ofstatisticians, linking all ASEAN National StatisticalOffices and ASEANstatsthrough information and communication technology (ICT) equipment and leading to the production and publication better quality statistics in the area of Merchandise Trade, Trade in Services, Foreign Direct Investment and other selected statistics.
In the next phase, the follow-up project of € 7.5 million, is expected to support ASEAN integration by the availability and utilization of more timely, comparable and relevant information to facilitate monitoring and decision-making, notably by ASEAN Member States governments acting individually and at ASEAN level.
In order to gain those objective, the project will focus on the below activities:
- Technical Cooperation to provide advisory services, studies, study tours, seminars and workshops, working groups' activities in specific statistical domains;
- Activities to narrow the development gaps between the most developed ASEAN Member States and Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam including in particular two innovative elements:
+ A facility to support short term mobility between ASEAN countries, where staff from more developed countries can deliver training on the spot in less developed countries, and where national staff can be sent for short term either to support to ASEANstats especially in times of peak activitiesand/or to receive on-the-job training;
+ A facility that will support a long term human resource development programme to allow staff from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam to access higher education curriculum in statistics in other ASEAN Member States.
Recently, the project team have visited the offices of national statistics organizations and other official statistics agencies in ASEAN members to identify the statistics needs to be supported the by the Project and then to work out multi-year as well as annual work programs.
Mr.Romesh Paul (Team Leader of the COMPASS project) and Mr. Henri Tyrman (Key IMTS expert) were hosted by Mr. Nguyen Cong Binh, Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs during their visit to Vietnam Customs in August of 2014
When the project put into effect, Vietnam will be one of countriesreceived the most benefit from this project. Vietnam statisticians will take a chance to narrow the gap which the more developed statistical countries in ASEAN.