Asia and Pacific


  • Japan to rejoin the OECD Development Centre

    Japan, one of the founding members of the OECD Development Centre, conveyed its intention to return as a member. Prime Minister Abe and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida confirmed Japan's commitment to the OECD Secretary General Gurría and Development Centre’s Director Mario Pezzini during their visit to Tokyo earlier this week.

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  • Launch of Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries 2016

    According to new data released in the third edition of the OECD’s annual publication, "Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries 2016", in 2014, the tax-to-GDP ratios of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore were below 17% of GDP compared to Japan and Korea, which both recorded tax-to-GDP ratios above 24%. The report, which includes Singapore for the first time, shows that the tax-to-GDP ratios in all six Asian countries are lower than the OECD average of 34.2%, especially in emerging Southeast Asian economies, where scope for increased tax mobilisation remains.

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  • Strengthening regional ties is key to maintain Emerging Asia’s growth momentum, says Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016

    While the outlook for many OECD countries remains worryingly subdued, Emerging Asia (Southeast Asia, China and India) is set for robust – though more moderate than in recent years - growth over the medium term, according to the latest OECD Development Centre’s Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India.

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The OECD Development Centre provides comparative information on Asian emerging and developing economies, discusses relevant policy issues for the region and Asian countries, elaborates structural policy performance indicators as well as medium-term projection frameworks, and organises policy dialogue meetings where international and regional organisations, such as ADB, AMRO and ASEAN Secretariat are invited.

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Economic Outlook for emerging Asia


Structural Policy Challenges by Country


Indicators for Measuring Asia

Multidimensional Country Reviews
Global Value Chains Initiative
Natural resources
Analysis of current domestic and international pressures and forecasts of medium-term growth in the region.   Exploring medium-term challenges in Emerging Asian economies through structural policy country notes and cross-cutting issues, such as overcoming the middle-income trap.   New tools for comparing and understanding the performance of the Emerging Asian economies, including Revenue Statistics, narrowing development gaps indicators and measures of institutional capacity.