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New ASAPCP 2025 and Implementation Schedule 2021-2025

ASEAN , 05 May 2021

Entering its 5 years of implementation, the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan on Consumer Protection (ASAPCP) 2016-2025 was reviewed to take stock of the current implementation status of the ASAPCP, reviewing achievements and shortcomings, drawing relevant lessons for adjustment(s) and refinement(s), and developing a new Implementation Schedule for the 2021-2025 period. The Mid-term Review (MTR) of the ASAPCP 2025 was carried out between May and August 2020. The ASAPCP initiatives were evaluated on their contribution towards the attainment of the strategic goals using five criteria, namely relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, and sustainability.

Overall, ASEAN has made good progress in the first five years (2016-2020) of the ASAPCP implementation. Out of the total number of 31 outcomes under the 4 Strategic Goals, 13 outcomes have been completed (equivalent to 43%), 8 are ongoing and continuing (equivalent to 23%), and 10 are not yet started (equivalent to 34%) by August 2020. Considering the five criteria used during the review, ASEAN decided to add and modify several deliverables that would contribute further to the achievements of the strategic goals by 2025.

The updated ASAPCP 2025 has been endorsed to guide the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) for the next five years to achieve the strategic goals of the ASAPCP 2025. The updated ASAPCP 2025 includes new deliverables that is needed to be carried out over the next five years, based on the current consumer protection landscape and trends in ASEAN. The deliverables under the Plan include developing an ASEAN ODR Network and developing online interactive and distance learning tools for consumers in ASEAN.

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