2018 SEARP Tokyo Ministerial Conference: Inclusive ASEAN
The OECD held its first Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) Ministerial Conference in Tokyo, Japan on 8-9 March 2018 in cooperation with the Government of Japan. The events included the Ministerial Forum on Inclusive ASEAN and the Steering Group of the SEARP. OECD Members and Southeast Asian countries were represented at Ministerial or Vice-Ministerial level expressing strong support and appreciation for the OECD SEARP.
Under the umbrella theme of “Inclusive ASEAN,” the Ministerial Conference addressed the issue from two angles, “Inclusiveness through Connectivity” and “Inclusiveness through Participation,” taking into account the particularities of the region. After almost four years of working in the region, Ministers and Vice Ministers all underlined that SEARP is now an established platform supporting economic policy reforms on a broad range of issues, fostering regional integration efforts, and bringing countries from the region closer to the OECD. Ministers reiterated the need for making additional efforts to focus more on inclusiveness considerations going forward in the “Next Phase of SEARP”. Ministers called on OECD to work on digitalisation and competition and agreed that the SEARP needs to focus on mainstreaming gender aspects through all parts of the programme.
- Mr Masamichi KONO, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
- H.E. Mr Taro KONO, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
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The OECD Southeast Asia Regional Forum
The OECD holds its Southeast Asia Regional Forum annually since 2014. It brings together policy-makers from Southeast Asia and OECD member countries, international and regional organisations, experts and business representatives to share experiences and explore common policy issues of selected thematic topics of each year forum.
The meeting of the Steering Group of the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme usually takes place back-to-back with the Forum alongside other regional activities on specific issues such as Business network meetings and workshops.