Access the OECD/Korea Policy Centre website at http://www.oecdkorea.org/main_eng.asp.
The Centre – officially opened on 7 July 2008 – results from the integration of four pre-existing OECD/Korea Centres, one of which was the Regional Centre on Health and Social Policy (RCHSP), established in 2005.
There are three main areas of work: social protection statistics (jointly with the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank); health expenditure and financing statistics (jointly with the Asian Pacific National Health account Network and the World Health Organisation) and pension policies (jointly with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank). In pursuit of this vision, the Centre hosts various kinds of educational programs, international meetings, seminars and workshops in each sector and provides policy forums presented by experts at home and abroad.
The OECD/Korea Policy Centre encourages the development of health accounting systems to track health expenditures and financing flows in the Asian/Pacific Region. Fourteen System of Health Accounts Green Papers have been released so far, covering Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong - China, Mongolia, Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia, India, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia and Indonesia.
Since 2005, the Centre has also hosted annual meetings of Health Accounts Experts in the Asian-Pacific Region jointly with APNHAN. These meetings have offered a venue for taking stock of recent developments in health accounts work at the regional and national levels, discuss technical issues and data-collection improvements, and review the quality of health accounting data and practices in the region.
Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators on health and health systems for 27 Asia/Pacific countries and economies. It builds on the format used in previous editions of Health at a Glance to present comparable data on health status and its determinants, health care resources and utilisation, health expenditure and financing and health care quality. The second edition of the publication was launched in November 2012.
The OECD/Korea Policy Centre organised a OECD-Korea Centre/ADB conference on Social Protection Index for Committed Poverty Reduction in December 2007 and a follow-up ADB/ILO/OECD Korea Policy Centre meeting of Social Policy Indicators Experts in Asia in November 2008. Society at a Glance - Asia/Pacific Edition (modelled on Society at a Glance 2014 - OECD Social Indicators), published every two years, offers a broad overview of the Asia/Pacific economies using a wide variety of social and economic indicators that help inform policy on a broad range of social issues. The report also demonstrates how social indicators can be used to measure “well-being” in Southeast Asian economies.
The OECD/Korea Policy Centre encourages the development of social accounting systems to track social expenditures in the Asian/Pacific Region. Two Social Expenditure (SOCX) Blue Papers have been released so far, covering Korea and Japan.
Pensions are a major policy issue in Southeast Asian and OECD economies alike. The OECD has developed international standards and statistical data to help monitor the pensions industry, and is currently drawing up guidelines on the security of investments in pension funds. In 2009, the OECD/Korea Policy Centre, the OECD and the World Bank first published Pensions at a Glance: Asia/Pacific Edition. This report analysed the retirement income systems of several Southeast Asian economies and provided a reference for pension comparison throughout the region. A second edition of the report Pensions at a Glance: Asia/Pacific Edition was launched in 2013.
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