The 2nd OECD-Southeast Asia Regional Forum took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 27-28 April 2009. Drawing on bilateral discussions with several countries in the region and identifying areas of common interest, the event was entitled Enhancing Competitiveness through Regional Integration.


With the greater integration of China and India into the regional and global economy, countries in Southeast Asia are increasingly grappling with how to stay competitive in the changing economic landscape. Countries face the challenge of maintaining and increasing competitiveness through deeper regional integration while ensuring that the benefits of sustained growth are widely shared within the region and within countries.


This Forum provided an important opportunity to discuss and share views on economic and social aspects of regional integration and co-operation in Southeast Asia. It also served as a platform for launching the OECD’s work with Southeast Asia.



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