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OECD Southeast Asian Regional Policy Network on Education and Skills


ESSSASoutheast Asia is confronted with significant skills and labour market challenges. The region is growing at a rapid pace, industry is becoming more diversified, and job requirements are demanding more complex and sophisticated skills. A highly skilled labour force is increasingly important for economies to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth. Effective skills strategies can play a significant role in helping national economies to adjust to changes in working practices, advances in technology, and challenges associated with globalisation.

Under the OECD’s Southeast Asia Programme, the OECD’s Regional Policy Network on Education and Skills aims to foster knowledge-exchange in support of national growth and regional integration. The Network encourages a whole-of-government approach to formulating and implementing sound skills policies. It draws together two streams of the OECD’s work in the region. The first is the growing participation by Southeast Asian countries in the OECD’s education surveys and policy reviews, which has established a much more robust evidence-base to support education reform. The second is the OECD’s Employment and Skills Strategies Initiative in Southeast Asia (ESSSA), which since 2008 has been helping countries in the region to design holistic policies that tackle employment, training and skills issues in an integrated manner.


October 2016 – 8th Annual Expert Meeting of the Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia initiative – OECD Southeast Asia Regional Network on Education and Skills – Philippines



2015 OECD Southeast Asian Regional Policy Network on Education and Skills 7-8 October, 2015, Cambodia

2014 OECD Southeast Asian Regional Policy Network on Education and Skills

DOWNLOAD: ESSSA informative brochure


 ESSSA Objectives


Outcomes will be supported by the results of joint work by ILO and OECD carried out under ESSSA. 

Examples of joint work include background research on national and local initiatives, the results of a dedicated survey on employment and skills development policies in the region and other work to provide guidance on ways to rebuild sustainable employment at the local level.

Several conferences are being organised in the region to present the ESSSA outputs.


Skills Development Pathways in Asia

All reports, research, events


Participants who are envisinged to participate in the initiative include local governments, employment services, training institutions, key partners in local development strategies (including representatives of national governments, employers' and workers' organisations, and selected research/support organisations), international development agencies (multilateral and bilateral) and ILO and OECD staff.

Priority will be given to local and national economic development practitioners.


Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam and neighboring economies such as China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

CONTACT: For further information, please contact Jonathan Barr (OECD, Manager of the ESSSA initiative and Policy Analyst on local governance and employment).

The ESSSA project is developed by the OECD LEED Programme in collaboration with


ESSSA Partners


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With the support of the European Commission‌