The OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme
Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic and diverse regions in the world, with a growing influence on the world economy and an ambitious regional integration roadmap. Inaugurated by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in May 2014, the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) aims to support the region in their domestic priorities, policy reforms and regional integration efforts. The SEARP held its first Ministerial Conference in March 2018, to discuss issues on Inclusive ASEAN, and the next phase of the Programme.
The Programme’s structure is designed to encourage a systematic exchange of experience to develop common solutions to regional and global policy challenges. It is comprised of thematic six Regional Policy Networks (RPNs), the Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India, and four Initiatives which will build on the work programme of substantive OECD and Southeast Asian bodies and dialogue processes.
The Programme's Objectives & Partners
Building on two decades of engagement with Southeast Asia, the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme aims to bring the relationship to a new and more strategic level, providing a whole-of-government approach to countries in the region. The Programme fosters the exchange of good practices and mutual learning among policy makers in OECD and Southeast Asian countries.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025, launched during the 27th ASEAN Summit in November 2015, specifically mentions the OECD as one of the institutions for strategic collaboration. It envisages a highly integrated, cohesive, competitive, innovative and dynamic Southeast Asia, with enhanced connectivity and integrated into the global economy.
In addition, the Programme works with Southeast Asia in strong partnerships and complementarity with several regional organisations. These regional partners include the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (ESCAP).