Connectivity Pillar

Strengthen capacity within and across the LMI partner countries to support programming under all LMI pillars and to complement existing regional mechanisms, using information technology, training, and donor coordination to accelerate ASEAN integration, achieve sustainable, trans border hard infrastructure objectives.

1. Mobilize private sector funding through public-private partnerships to provide a market-based approach to infrastructure development:
  • Enhance the reach of technology throughout the LMI countries to promote corporate social responsibility, further rural development, and foster small and medium business development; and
  • Enhance capacity through best practice sharing, including training of logistics and infrastructure management personnel.
2.Increase information technology throughout the LMI nations:
  • Engage with projects where appropriate to increase access to mobile technology for disadvantaged and marginalized groups;
  • Promote networking to manage appropriate technology growth and increase engagement, connectivity, and social interaction among people, academic institutions, public organizations, and private enterprises; and
  • Foster coordination among Ministries and across borders on LMI related infrastructure programming.
3. Support and promote social and environmental impact assessment and effective remediation methods related to infrastructure development:
  • Build capacity in alternative use and cost-benefit analyses, trans-boundary impact assessment, and impact and mitigation monitoring;
  • Build capacity to develop and implement social and environmental impact assessments and use best practices in infrastructure and development planning among the LMI nations; and
  • Address changing infrastructure needs in light of climate change, biodiversity loss, and potential displacement associated with infrastructure development projects.
4.Enhance the economic development and capacity for cross-border commerce
  • Build capacity for LMI countries to participate in a Single Customs Window, in harmony with the ASEAN Single Window, in order to make customs processing more efficient and compliant with international norms.
  • Support development and adherence to appropriate international standards, particularly pharmaceutical, medical, manufacturing, and in food processing.
  • Conduct trainings aimed at attracting private sector investment, including intellectual property rights enforcement, transparency, and building business frameworks.
5. Develop internet connectivity to advance all LMI pillar objectives, enhance communication, increase public awareness of LMI activities and programs, and facilitate cross border trade and transportation.


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