Bringing Southeast Asian countries closer to the OECD

Southeast Asia was identified as a region of strategic priority for the OECD in 2007 in order to intensify the organisation’s engagement with countries in the region. The same year, Indonesia became a Key Partner of the Organisation. Thailand became the first country from Southeast Asia, participating in the OECD Country Programmes in 2018. Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam have since become members of the OECD Development Centre and Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore hold the Associate Status at the International Energy Agency (IEA) since 2015.

All ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines,  Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam have regularly participated in the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme since it was launched in 2014. They have also contributed nationally and regionally to a wide spectrum of OECD work on topics including tax, chemicals, SMEs, education, anti-corruption, innovation, green growth, trade, investment  and development co-operation. In 2015, nine Southeast Asian countries joined the Daejeon Declaration on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies for the Global and Digital Age.

Bringing Southeast Asian partner countries closer to OECD instruments and activities is an important priority for the Organisation. Currently, a concerted effort is being made to further integrate the perspectives of Southeast Asia in the OECD’s standard-setting activities. The participation of Southeast Asian countries and other Key Partner countries in the development of new OECD instruments and the revision of existing ones is crucial to ensure their global relevance.


Key Partner: Indonesia

Country Programme: Thailand

Members of the Development Centre: Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam

Associate Status at the International Energy Agency: Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand


Other forms of engagement:

Active With Indonesia 2018

As the world's fourth most populous country and the largest economy in the rapidly growing region of Southeast Asia, Indonesia is playing an increasingly important role on the world stage. Drawing on the different areas of OECD-Indonesia co-operation, this brochure highlights what we can achieve together to design and implement better policies for better lives. 

>> Read the Active with Indonesia brochure online (also available in Bahasa).