[UPDATE] Continuing Efforts towards the Launching and Establishment of the ASEAN-NDI

After the first videoconference in February 28, 2012 (2nd Task Force meeting), a second videoconference was conducted in September 10, 2012 with Dr. Federico Macaranas, Business Plan Developer from Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He presented the draft Strategic Business Plan (SBP) to validate salient points as well as gather comments on governance, funding, and advocacy. The AIM submitted the final draft of the ASEAN-NDI SBP in December 2012. WHO-TDR and the ASEAN-NDI Secretariat are currently reviewing the SBP.

Efforts were made to advocate and prepare the groundwork for the ASEAN-NDI with stakeholders in the ASEAN. Initial talks with key people from the Asian Development Bank were held to explore the possibility of obtaining financial assistance to sustain a functional network. A meeting with the Philippine-based ASEAN Ambassadors was held in coordination with the ASEAN Office of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was conducted to brief the ASEAN diplomats about the ASEAN-NDI and its activities and to seek their assistance in facilitating exchange of information and resources for the network. The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help facilitate communications of the ASEAN-NDI Secretariat to concerned authorities regarding the Network’s activities. The MOU is valid for 3 years.

During the 7th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology (IAMMST-7) in Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo presented the concept of the ASEAN-NDI and called for the support of the ASEAN S&T Ministers for its establishment. Moreover, a Stakeholders’ Meeting will be conducted to present and endorse the ASEAN-NDI SBP to ASEAN Stakeholders and partners.

The ASEAN-NDI supports the goal of ASEAN to build a strong S&T base as a single integrated economy and to be globally competitive.


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