Funded by the European Commission, the EU-ASEAN Statistical Capacity Building Project (COMPASS) is based on the central premise that ASEAN’s internal integration as well as its integration into the global economy serve to accelerate economic development in the less developed countries in the region and to narrow the gap among its Member States.
Building on achievements of the EU-ASEAN Statistical Capacity Building Programme (EASCAB, 2009-2013), COMPASS helps ASEAN integration through the availability and utilization of more timely, comparable and relevant information. COMPASS facilitates monitoring and decision-making, notably by ASEAN governments acting individually and at ASEAN level.
The project has two purposes:
- to support the development of the ASEAN Community Statistical System, in line with its Action Plan 2011-2015 and with those that follow;
- to build the capacity of the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office to monitor the process and results of regional integration on behalf of the ASEAN Member States.
The project strategy focuses on five key elements:
1. Institutional Strengthening
The project helps institutional building within the ASEAN Secretariat and National Statistical Institutes, including advocacy for reform to maximise sustainability. Development and strengthening of institutional frameworks shall lead to a better recognition of statistics and integration monitoring in the region.
2. Balanced intervention at the regional and at national level
COMPASS will focus on core regional statistics and integration monitoring issues with support at both regional and national level, and improved coordination and communication among ASEAN Community Statistical System main stakeholders. Assistance covers both horizontal sectors (Institutional Building, Information Technology and Dissemination) and statistical important for ASEAN integration monitoring (International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Statistics of International Trade in Services, and Foreign Direct Investment Statistics).
3. Narrowing development gaps
Specific measures will aim at narrowing the development gaps among ASEAN Member States through:
- Additional specific technical cooperation;
- Access to high education statistics: long-term human resource development for staff from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam to access higher education curricula in statistics in other ASEAN Member States;
- ASEAN-Helps-ASEAN scheme: a facility to share good practices by secondment/exchanges of staff between the ASEAN Member States, and between ASEAN Secretariat and Member States.
- Support to the ASEAN Secretariat, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam with IT equipment.
4. Providing specific assistance to the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office
Specific assistance will be provided to the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office to define regional integration monitoring indicators, enhance management and analysis of data, and to regularly publish monitoring reports. This support aims at increasing the recognition of the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office as a key actor to monitor the process and results of regional integration on behalf of the ASEAN Member States.
5. Sharing best practices
The Project will continuously refer to the best practices of the European Statistical System and other international standards, especially with regard to the European Statistics Code of Practice and the developments linked to the new Vision for the production of statistics.