Regulatory policy

Seventh meeting of the ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practices Network


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. 


Opening remarks

  • Pengiran Nirmala Mohammad, Permanent Secretary (Vision, Finance and Cabinet), Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam
  • Elsa Pilichowski, Director, Public Governance Directorate, OECD
  • Jaya Singam Rajoo, Senior Director, Multilateral Policy and Negotiation Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia.
  • Mark Steel, Director Regulatory Systems, Strategic Policy and Programmes Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand


Roundtable on supporting businesses through partnerships for economic recovery 


Investment promotion and facilitation

Facilitating trade

SME development

Question and answers

Closing remarks


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.


Opening remarks

  • Nadzri Yahya, Director, Economy and Finance Office, Vision, Finance and Cabinet Division Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam
  • Siti Norlailasari Abdul Rahman, Senior Director, Strategic Planning Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
  • Mark Steel, Director Regulatory Systems, Strategic Policy and Programmes Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand 


Plenary session: Setting the scene

  • Regulatory policy in SEA during COVID-19 and OECD agile governance principles: Mike Pfister and Miguel Amaral, Senior Economic Advisors, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance Directorate, OECD
  • Overview of ASEAN priorities on COVID-19 recovery and good regulatory practices: Alexander Chandra, Head, Analysis and Monitoring Division on Trade, Industry and Emerging Issues, ASEAN Secretariat


Breakout groups:

Regulatory management tools:  good regulatory practices

 Regulatory governance: systems and institutions

  • Regulatory systems reforms in Thailand: Jaisai Wongpichet, Legal Counsel, Law Reform Division, Office of the Council of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Thailand
  • Regulatory oversight in Australia: Jason Lange, Executive Director, Office of Best Practice Regulation, Economics Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

 Digital transformation: achieving agile governance

  • Agile Regulation: Moving towards Digital Regulatory Framework: Mohamad Muzaffar Abdul Hamid, Director of Productivity and Competitiveness Division, Malaysia Productivity Corporation
  • Digital delivery at the Office for Product Safety and Standards: Jack Holland, Digital Delivery Manager, Office for Product Safety and Standards, United Kingdom
  • Private sector perspectives: Raina Yeung, Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, Facebook


Plenary session: Report back from the groups

Closing remarks


Session 3: Supporting regional recovery with innovative approaches to better regulation

14 October 2021, 14:00-16:00 Jakarta time – register here

The ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework provides a robust strategy for the SEA region to exit the pandemic and enter recovery. It takes a holistic perspective that includes various strategies and principles to support regional economic integration, accelerating inclusive digital transformation, advancing towards sustainable and resilient futures, 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 evaluation. One key consideration is how international regulatory cooperation can further foster an integrated ASEAN community.  This session will explore these, with the goal of identifying good practices that support recovery from a regional perspective.



Mike Pfister and James Drummond, OECD Regulatory Policy Division


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