The MoU was signed on February 9 by the Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi and Secretary General of OECD Mathias Cormann, and witnessed by the current and upcoming OECD Southeast Asia Regional Program (SEARP) co-chairs from the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia.

At the online conference between ASEAN and OECD officials

The MOU aims to enhance ASEAN and OECD cooperation for a comprehensive, inclusive, and forward-looking partnership to support the implementation of the Blueprints of the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community 2025, especially in the post-COVID-19 pandemic.

The new partnership shall strengthen ASEAN and OECD engagement through policy dialogues and development of programs, projects, and activities in the areas of shared priorities such as COVID-19 responses; private sector development, including micro, small and medium enterprises; global value chains; digitization; agriculture; smart cities; public health; environment; gender; social protection; and sustainability or green growth.

The MoU will also improve ASEAN member states’ access to the policy experiences drawn from evidence-based policy-making of OECD, and provide better understanding of ASEAN regional policies and priorities within OECD policy debates.

Source: VNA