The seventh ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network (GRPN) meeting will be held virtually through a series of three webinars, from April to October 2021, under the theme of Innovative Recovery: Responsive Regulatory Systems for Economic Recovery and Prosperity.
The GRPN is co-chaired by Malaysia and New Zealand, and hosted this year by Brunei Darussalam. It is comprised of over 70 senior government officials responsible for regulatory policy, governance and reform.
The meetings will explore how regulation can support pandemic recovery in the ASEAN region. This reflects on the 2021 ASEAN theme of “We care, we prepare, we prosper” and focuses on how a more innovative approach to regulatory policy can turn the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic into opportunities for sustainable development during the recovery. This builds on the findings from the 2020 meeting, which focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on regulatory policy and identified options to support economic recovery.
Session 1: Supporting businesses through partnerships for economic recovery
8 April 2021, 14:00-16:00 Jakarta time – Summary record
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in one of the worst recessions in over 100 years and has impacted every nation of the world. While the OECD estimates that global GDP fell by 4.5% in 2020, estimates have shown that Southeast Asia fared slightly better with a GDP fall of 3.8% according to the ADB. As much of the world remains focused on mitigating further economic damage from the pandemic, Southeast Asia has been recognised for its good performance on mitigating outbreaks, which has put it in a position to look forward to recovery. This provides an opportunity for ASEAN Member States to look at the crisis to “lock in gains” for an improved future for businesses, society and the region as a whole as promoted in the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework. This session focuses on the business recovery to the crisis by capitalising on the momentum gained before the COVID-19 crisis. It further explored how better regulation can be a driver for supporting domestic, regional and global growth through the channels of investment promotion and facilitation, trade and SME development – all vital to inclusive economic recovery from the pandemic.
Roundtable on supporting businesses through partnerships for economic recovery
Investment promotion and facilitation
Question and answers
Session 2: Workshop on regulatory innovation for pandemic recovery
17 June 2021, 14:00-16:00 Jakarta time - Summary record
The ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practices Network (GRPN) has met virtually four times since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to address regional better regulation responses. These meetings have followed the life cycle of the pandemic itself: starting with how ASEAN and OECD Member States have used better regulation to facilitate faster pandemic response, followed by insights on using digital tools to facilitate more agile policy making, and further analysis on recovery from a system reform perspective. The meetings culminated in a discussion on business recovery. This upcoming session engages GRPN members in a workshop on regulatory innovation for recovery. The objective is to foster open exchanges on regulatory issues facing community members and identify practical solutions, such as around digitalisation. Focused discussion groups will help foster constructive exchanges and outcomes.
Plenary session: Setting the scene
Regulatory management tools: good regulatory practices
Regulatory governance: systems and institutions
Digital transformation: achieving agile governance
Plenary session: Report back from the groups
Session 3: Supporting regional recovery with innovative approaches to better regulation
14 October 2021, 14:00-16:00 Jakarta time – summary record
Fostering better regulatory policy making has long been fundamental to the ASEAN Community as it charts towards economic integration. Pre-COVID-19 pandemic, this was enshrined in the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025. In the context of pandemic recovery, the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework takes a holistic perspective to support regional economic integration, accelerating inclusive digital transformation, promoting a sustainable and resilient future, strengthening human security and enhancing systems.
Better regulation has a key role to play in all these elements, particularly supporting the enabling factors that include better policy making, institutions, engagement and policy evaluation. This includes adopting innovative approaches such as international regulatory cooperation (IRC) at the national level to help foster an integrated ASEAN community, as well as how regulatory oversight can support culture change towards the uptake of good regulatory practices and promote the effective use of IRC across government actors. This session will address these, with the goal of identifying good practices in regulation that countries can explore to support recovery from a regional perspective.
Roundtable on IRC for better regulation at the national level in ASEAN and OECD countries
Question and answers
Mike Pfister and James Drummond, OECD Regulatory Policy Division
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