Viet Nam

International investment in Southeast Asia


  ASEAN-OECD Investment Programme


Investment policy review of Southeast Asia

8 March 2018 - ‌Building on national reviews of seven countries in Southeast Asia, this report looks at common challenges across the region and at the interplay between regional initiatives and national reforms.

The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-OECD Investment Programme fosters dialogue and experience sharing between OECD countries and Southeast Asian economies on issues relating to the business and investment climate.

The programme achieves its aims through regional policy dialogue, country investment policy reviews, and training seminars.

Regional dialogue on investment policy

Regional dialogue allows for experience sharing on investment policy design, implementation and harmonisation. It offers a platform for individual economies to disseminate the results of their investment policy reviews and contribute to the identification of best practices.

Investment policy reviews

Investment policy reviews are usually undertaken by governments looking to identify and implement investment policy reforms that will make their country a more attractive destination for investors. These reviews are undertaken jointly by the OECD and the government of the country concerned based on the Policy Framework for Investment (PFI).

The OECD and ASEAN work closely together to promote these reviews which help to stimulate sustained and deepened relations with Asia’s most important regional economic community:

Cambodia (2018, forthcoming)

Lao People's Democratic Republic (2017)

Malaysia (2013) 

Myanmar (2014)

Philippines (2016)

Viet Nam (2009 and 2018)

Investment policy training

To complement country reviews and regional dialogue, the OECD holds investment policy training seminars. These capacity-building seminars assist government officials in South East Asia to design, develop and implement sound investment policies. These seminars build on the PFI and OECD’s experience gained from the investment policy reviews undertaken in Southeast Asia, Central and South Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The first training seminar was held in Da Nang, Viet Nam, in June 2013.

The topics typically covered by such seminars are:

  • Principles and applications of the PFI
  • Investment policy
  • Options for regulating and protecting investment
  • Investment promotion and facilitation
  • Responsible business conduct
  • Investment in infrastructure 

Investment climate reform in Southeast Asia  



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Indonesia and the Policy Framework for Investment

Viet Nam and the Policy Framework for Investment

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OECD Global Relations portal


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Private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector - Checklist for Public Action

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OECD Risk Awareness Tool for Multinational Enterprises in Weak Governance Zones


Any questions should be addressed to Mr. Stephen Thomsen
Tel: +33 1 45 24 83 68



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