12 March 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This meeting brought together over 40 senior regulatory policy officials from ASEAN Member States and OECD member countries. Co-chaired by Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, Secretary General of the Ministry for International Trade and Industry, Malaysia and Mr. Mark Steel, Assistant Chief Executive, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, New Zealand, this meeting provided a government-to-government discussion on advancing the Good Regulatory Practice agenda including possible future activities.
In addition, the OECD Secretariat presented its report, assessment and recommendations on implementing regulatory impact analysis, a key element of Malaysia’s National Policy on the Development and Implementation of Regulations that was promulgated in July 2013.
The launch of the Good Regulatory Practices Network (GRPN) is significant to bring together senior officials responsible especially for regulatory reform from Southeast Asia and OECD countries for the first time. GRPN differentiates itself from existing ASEAN and APEC bodies because it is a network of regulatory reform officials from OECD member countries as well as ASEAN states. Both ASEAN Member States and OECD member countries can benefit from GRPN through information sharing and mutual learning among peers on regulatory reform issues.
GRPN is under the OECD’s Regulatory Policy Committee and is part of the OECD Southeast Asia Programme.
About ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network
GRPN is comprised of the senior officials responsible for Good Regulatory Practice initiatives in ASEAN Member States and OECD member countries.
The mission of GRPN is to assist ASEAN Member States in building and strengthening capacity for the implementation of good regulatory practice to assure high-quality regulation and regulatory coherence. GRPN will achieve this mission by fostering the exchange of good practice and mutual learning among policy makers in ASEAN Member States and OECD member countries.
GRPN also supports efforts to strengthen ASEAN Institutional Connectivity and realise an integrated ASEAN Economic Community, working in close collaboration with ASEAN bodies and its secretariat as well as other regional bodies, among them Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
James Drummond, OECD Regulatory Policy Division