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December 19, 2014

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security is a five-year project (2013-2018) supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of State to strengthen institutions and develop regional policies to advance ASEAN’s vision for political-security and social-cultural integration.

ASEAN seeks to promote equitable and sustainable human development in Southeast Asia through increasing good governance and regional security for its population of 600 million people.  The ASEAN Charter signed in 2008 is the guiding document to build an ASEAN Community that is peaceful, stable, and prosperous. Through technical staff at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, the project supports activities to strengthen ASEAN institutions in these three key areas:

PROMOTING POLITICAL AND SECURITY COOPERATION 

November 21, 2014

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Connectivity through Trade and Investment is a five-year project of the United States Agency for International Development and the Department of State to increase U.S. economic engagement and cooperation with ASEAN countries. Asia is an increasingly inter-connected region and with the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the U.S. government has aligned its development assistance priorities in support of regional integration.

November 20, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development Laos–U.S. International and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration (USAID LUNA II) is a four-year, $9 million activity that is helping Laos to further integrate into the global economy by developing and implementing sound, modern, transparent and inclusive economic policies and regulations. Currently, natural resource extraction has fueled 7.5 percent average GDP growth over the past 10 years. However, per capita income remains low at about $1,460 and poverty levels are among the highest in Southeast Asia.

November 20, 2014

In 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) is set to launch, transforming ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labor and capital. The AEC Blueprint highlights the need for increased mobility of persons as ASEAN becomes more interconnected with a greater exchange of skilled labor. ASEAN member states have agreed to create a standardized system to measure professional education and experiences obtained in eight priority sectors – architectural services, surveying, medicine, nursing, dental services, engineering, accounting and tourism. Developing and implementing national qualification frameworks would allow workers in these sectors to transfer jobs within the ASEAN countries.

November 20, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development Laos–U.S. International and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration (USAID LUNA II) is a four-year, $9 million activity that is helping Laos to further integrate into the global economy by developing and implementing sound, modern, transparent and inclusive economic policies and regulations. Currently, natural resource extraction has fueled 7.5 percent average GDP growth over the past 10 years. However, per capita income remains low at about $1,460 and poverty levels are among the highest in Southeast Asia.

November 20, 2014

In 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) is set to launch, transforming ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labor and capital. The AEC Blueprint highlights the need for increased mobility of persons as ASEAN becomes more interconnected with a greater exchange of skilled labor.

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