Southeast Asia Programme
The OECD Regulatory Policy Committee is moving to develop a work programme focusing on Southeast Asia to foster the exchange of good practices and mutual learning between policy makers in the region and OECD countries, and bring perspectives from the region to enrich the policy debate at the OECD. The Regulatory Policy Committee activities will support the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme that was announced at the 2013 Ministerial Council Meeting.
The OECD Regulatory Policy Committee has a long standing engagement with Southeast Asia through the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as bilaterally with a number of ASEAN Member States. Highlights of this engagement include the APEC-OECD Co-operative Initiative on Regulatory Reform that gave rise to the 2005 APEC-OECD Integrated Checklist on Regulatory Reform, as well as the 2011 Review of Administrative Simplification in Viet Nam and 2012 Regulatory Reform Review of Indonesia.
OECD Regulatory work with ASEAN Member States
The OECD is working to support ASEAN Member States to fulfil their commitments on implementing good regulatory practices under the APEC 2011 Honolulu Declaration (and dedicated annex of commitments) and 2013 Bali Declarations. This includes assisting Malaysia to implement regulatory impact analysis (RIA) and Indonesia to develop guidelines on public consultation in regulatory decision making.
Discussions are underway between ASEAN and the OECD to extent the indicators of Product Market Regulation (PMR) to a number of ASEAN Member States (AMS). This would provide rich evidence of the regulatory settings in AMS vis-à-vis all OECD member countries and a large number of non-OECD member countries. The Product Market Regulation indicators enable examination of economy-wide and sector specific regulatory setting (including professional services, retail and network sectors).
The OECD is also exploring extending the coverage of its indicators of Regulatory Management Systems (RMS) to covers AMS in 2014/15. The Regulatory Management Systems indicators enable examination of trends in regulatory institutions and processes, including regulatory oversight bodies; regulatory impact analysis (RIA), administrative simplification and burden reduction programmes; transparency and stakeholder engagement; compliance and enforcement issues.