Regulatory policy

Regulatory reform in Southeast Asia



Since 2014, the GRPN has been serving as a key platform to consolidate the OECD’s engagement with ASEAN on regulatory reform.


The GRPN is one of six regional policy networks (RPNs) under the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) that was launched at the 2014 Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM).


The Official Meetings of the Network have been hosted by the ASEAN Chair of the year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015) and Vientiane, Lao PDR (2016).


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The OECD has a longstanding engagement with Southeast Asia on regulatory reform, both regionally through APEC and ASEAN, and bilaterally with individual ASEAN member states. The OECD is proud to be identified as a knowledge partner in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025 in supporting ASEAN member states in their regulatory reform initiatives. Highlights of this engagement include:





Regulatory reform is a cross-cutting theme for ASEAN economic integration and regulatory coherence, as well as for individual ASEAN member state’s structural and rule of law reforms.


ASEAN countries recognise that the economic agenda must be premised on productivity-driven and inclusive growth, aided by good regulatory practice (GRP). “Effective, Efficient, Coherent and Responsive Regulations, and Good Regulatory Practice” has in turn been recognised in the AEC Blueprint 2025 in achieving “a Competitive, Innovative and Dynamic ASEAN”.  


This builds upon previous declarations that underline the importance of GRP such as the Putrajaya Declaration by the ASEAN Heads of Civil Service on 17 December 2015 and the Nay Pyi Taw Declaration issued by the Heads of State or Government on 12 November 2014.



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