The Arise Plus Malaysia project is funded by the European Union (EU) through its Regional Multiannual Indicative Programme for Asia 2014-2020, which is the main framework for EU regional cooperation in Asia. In this context, EUR 85 million have been allocated to support ASEAN regional economic and trade integration.
The main EU-funded initiative to support ASEAN is the ARISE Plus regional programme, which is complemented by Arise Plus Malaysia and other country-level ARISE Plus trade related projects. The ARISE Plus regional and national programmes are closely aligned with the five pillars of the ASEAN economic community (AEC) Blueprint 2025, which provides a solid basis for trade related technical assistance in the region.
The Arise Plus Malaysia conforms to the EU Aid for Trade (AfT) policy and the Communication "Achieving Prosperity through Trade and Investment", which is updating the 2007 Joint EU Strategy on Aid for Trade. Furthermore, this action is aligned to the objectives of the 2018 "EU Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia".
The EU and Malaysia
The EU has been a long-standing and important partner of Malaysia. The cooperation strategy between the EU and Malaysia focuses on the provision of technical assistance to help the country achieve its development goals. This includes projects covering topics such as higher education, human rights, environment and sustainable economic development.