ERIA Participates in the OECD Ministerial Conference on SEARP
Seoul, 9 February 2022: The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) participated in the 2nd OECD Ministerial Conference on the Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP). The conference was chaired by South Korea and Thailand.
In the opening session, HE Mr CHUNG Eui-yong, Foreign Minister, South Korea, Mrs Pornpimol Kanchanalak, Special Envoy of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand, and HE Mr Mathias CORMANN, Secretary-General, OECD delivered their opening remarks.
The President of ERIA, Professor Hidetoshi Nishimura, made his remarks at the first session of the meeting, titled Building a Smarter ASEAN for an Inclusive Future. Prof Nishimura touched upon the collaborations with the OECD to support the ASEAN policy development in terms of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), connectivity, as well as regulatory convergence. ‘ERIA and OECD are currently conducting joint research on the impacts of AFAS liberalisation on Indonesia’s financial sector and firm productivity, which had been requested by the Government of Indonesia and will be published in April 2022,’ he said.
Prof Nishimura also mentioned ERIA's contributions to the ASEAN and East Asia Summit, such as economic integration, energy cooperation (carbon neutrality), environment (climate change and circular economy issues), healthcare and long term care policy, as well as agriculture (digital agriculture). ‘Indonesia’s G20 presidency in 2022 and India’s presidency in 2023 puts the focus of the world on East Asia. Therefore, how the East Asia region leads the economic development of the world during these two years is of great importance. For ERIA, as an international organisation mainly targeting this region, it is a great honour to support ASEAN and the region working together with OECD,’ said Prof Nishimura.
ERIA and OECD signed the Memorandum of Understanding in 2014 and renewed it in 2021.
ERIA is mentioned at the Joint Communique of this ministerial meeting.