Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

March 7, 2018

Having identified Southeast Asia as a region of "strategic priority interest" for its outreach activities, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) at the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) in 2014 with the presence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ministers from Southeast Asian countries. Japan chaired the MCM of that year to mark the 50th anniversary of its accession to the OECD. The SEARP covers nine policy areas for cooperation: tax, investment, education and skills, SMEs, regulatory reform, sustainable infrastructure, trade, innovation, and gender. The Programme is designed to support domestic reform of Southeast Asian countries and the regional integration through policy dialogue and mutual learning of knowledge and best practices among OECD, its members, and Southeast Asian countries. Japan has been leading the SEARP for the past three years as Co-chair together with Indonesia and is going to host the SEARP Ministerial Conference in Tokyo at the timing of completing its term as Co-Chair. At the Ministerial Conference we will review SEARP's activities and their outcomes, and will discuss under the agenda of "Inclusive ASEAN" connectivity (e.g. promotion of trade and investment and high quality infrastructure development) and inclusive participation (e.g. human resource development in a globalized and digitalized society, gender, SMEs) in ASEAN with the presence of ministers from ASEAN members and OECD countries and heads of international/regional organizations. We welcome participation of businesspersons and experts related to Southeast Asia, those interested in Southeast Asia's economy and society, and those interested in the latest discussions on growth at the OECD.


Thursday, March 8th 9:30-16:50 (Doors open/Registration starts at 8:30)



Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)


Approximately 200 people

Participation Fee

Free of charge (Pre-registration is required. Please use the registration form. (Word) If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, participants will be selected by lottery)

Programme Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation will be available.

9:30 Opening Session
10:20 Session 1 Inclusive ASEAN: Inclusiveness through Connectivity
12:40 Lunch Break
14:00 Session 2 Inclusive ASEAN: Inclusiveness through Participation
16:20 Closing Session

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