The Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument, or READI, is a four-year initiative of the European Union to support policy dialogues with ASEAN. It thereby connects two of the most vibrant regions of the world with a total of population of some 1.1 billion, one sixth of humanity. Formal relations between the two most important regional organisations on the globe, EU and ASEAN, have been developing for the past 35 years and today ASEAN and EU are major trading partners with 206 billion euros of trade in goods and services. The EU is also by far the largest investor in ASEAN countries, with EU companies accounting for an average of some 20% of FDI during the period 2008-2010.

The objective of READI is to support ASEAN integration through the support of the ASEAN community blue prints, drawing on European experience and know how through sectoral policy dialogue and knowledge development, thereby supporting the policy development process in non-trade related areas.

The facility is structured in a flexible manner, which will allow it to respond to evolving policy priorities during its 4-year lifetime from 2011 to 2015. The policy dialogues which READI supports are driven by EU and ASEAN policy makers and the facility is jointly managed by the EU, through its Delegation in Jakarta, and ASEAN, through the ASEAN Secretariat, also in Jakarta. To facilitate implementation of activities and policy formulation, a technical assistance team has been contracted through a consortium of consulting firms led by Altair Asesores with headquarters in Spain. The technical assistance team assembles five international specialists and local managerial support. Together they have 2,600 expert working days and one million euros for incidental expenditures at their disposal.

Four dialogue sectors have already been identified for READI support: Information and Communication Technology, Energy, Science & Technology, and Disaster Management. Further areas of support will be identified in the course of READI implementation, which could include Climate Change, Transport, Education and Mutual Recognition of Certificates, Employment and Social Protection, Human Rights, and others.

READI is implemented on behalf of the EU and ASEAN by a consortium of firms led by Altair Asesores.
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