2018 SEARP Tokyo Ministerial Conference: Inclusive ASEAN

2018 OECD SEARP Ministerial Conference

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.

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Opening remarks



Ministerial Meeting Agenda

Ministerial Background Session Note


Steering Group Meeting Agenda

Joint Communiqué


The role of SME policies in fostering inclusiveness in ASEAN


Inclusive ASEAN - Selected outputs of the Southeast Asia Regional Programme


The OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP)


The SEARP brochure


The SEARP activities report


Active with Southeast Asia


Inclusive Business in ASEAN


For more information on the OECD Southeast Asia 2018 Ministerial Conference, please contact SEAForum@oecd.org

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.

More information on previous editions of the Forum

2017: Opportunities and Policy Challenges of Digital Transformation in Southeast Asia

2016: Boosting Productivity and Inclusiveness in Southeast Asia

2015: Enhancing Regional Integration and Openness

2014: Regional Competitiveness for Sustained Growth