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The OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic and diverse regions in the world, with a growing influence on the world economy and an ambitious regional integration roadmap. Like the rest of the world, the region’s societies and economy have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the global recovery continues, strengthened engagement with Southeast Asia will help build a robust and more resilient world economy.

The OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP), inaugurated by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Japanese Prime Minister Shinz┼Ź Abe in 2014, supports the region in its domestic priorities, policy reforms and regional integration efforts. Its structure is designed to encourage a systematic exchange of experience to develop common solutions to regional and global policy challenges. It is comprised of thematic six Regional Policy Networks, the Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India, and four Initiatives that build on the work of OECD and Southeast Asian bodies and dialogue processes.

>> Learn more about SEARP and its structure

The programme's objectives and partners

Building on two decades of engagement with Southeast Asia, and acknowledging the region’s strategic importance for the OECD, the Programme aims to provide a whole-of-government approach to countries in the region, fostering the exchange of good practices and mutual learning among policy makers in OECD and Southeast Asian countries. 

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025, launched during the 27th ASEAN Summit in November 2015, specifically identified the OECD as one of the institutions for strategic collaboration in pursuit of a highly integrated, cohesive, competitive, innovative and dynamic Southeast Asia, with enhanced connectivity and integrated into the global economy. 

The Programme works in strong partnerships and complementarity with several regional organisations, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (ESCAP).

>> Learn more about how the Programme supports ASEAN