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ASEAN-OECD Southeast Asia Regional Policy Network on Good Regulatory Practice (GRPN) - 16 March 2016

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Meeting of the ASEAN-OECD Southeast Asia Regional Policy Network on Good Regulatory Practice (GRPN), 16 March 2016.

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ASEAN-OECD Southeast Asia Regional Policy Network on Good Regulatory Practice (GRPN) - 16 March 2016

  1. 1. 2nd Meeting of the ASEAN-OECD Southeast Asia Regional Policy Network on Good Regulatory Practice (GRPN) 16 March 2016 (09h30 – 17h00) Lao Plaza Hotel 2016 ASEAN Chair and Host: Lao PDR GRPN Co-chairs: Malaysia and New Zealand Registration will begin at 9h00 outside the meeting room 16 March, 2016 – OECD SOUTHEAST ASIA REGIONAL POLICY NETWORK ON GOOD REGULATORY PRACTICE 1. 09h30 Welcoming remarks by Co-host and 2016 ASEAN Chair  Dr. Laohoua Cheuching, Director-General, Foreign Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR Opening of Network Meeting by Co-chairs and Adoption of the agenda  Tan Sri Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia  Mr. Mark Steel, Director, Regulatory Systems, Office of the Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Delegates are invited to adopt the agenda. Action required: Adoption of the agenda [GOV/RPC/SEA(2016)1] Document for reference GRPN Handbook [GOV/RPC/SEA(2015)4/CO RR] 2. 10h00 Unleashing the potential of SMEs and Good Regulatory Practices in ASEAN The ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint (AECB) and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), together with the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), recognise the importance of SME development through mechanisms such as regulatory coherence and business facilitation. This emphasis is reinforced in the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development (SAP SMED). SMEs can face significant regulatory and non-regulatory constraints. In addition to challenges related to size and access to resources, SMEs also face higher obstacles in navigating the legal landscape. Moreover, the burden of regulatory compliance tends to fall more Action required: for discussion
  2. 2. heavily on smaller firms. Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) can help address some of these challenges. This session will discuss the key role of SMEs in fostering growth and development in ASEAN and discuss recent development related to GRP in ASEAN. Speakers:  Dr. Ponciano S. Intal Jr., Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)  Mr. Carlos Kuriyama, Senior Analyst, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Support Unit Followed by a Q&A 3. 11h00 Coffee break 4. 11h30 Integrating SMEs into Global Value Chains: a forward-looking agenda SMEs can engage in Global Value Chains (GVCs) directly—by supplying intermediates through exports; or indirectly—by supplying local multinational enterprises with products that are then exported. They can also benefit GVCs on the input side through greater access to competitively priced imported intermediates; new technologies embodied in new capital products made available through international trade; or transfers of technology from lead internationally oriented firms. Regulatory and non-regulatory tools can facilitate the integration of SMEs into GVCs. In this respect, knowledge of the main barriers to SMEs’ integration in GVCs and how tools aimed at improving regulation can help address these barriers are crucial. This session will discuss how Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) can support the integration of SMEs in GVCs and beyond and develop new approaches for further work in this area. Speakers:  Mr. Santisouk Phounesavath, Director, Multilateral Trade Policy Division, Foreign Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR  Mr. Mark Steel, Director, Regulatory Systems, Office of the Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand  Mr. Faisal Naru, Senior Economic Adviser, Organisation for Action required: for discussion and approval Document for reference [GOV/RPC/SEA(2016)2]
  3. 3. Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Followed by discussion on future work in 2016 on SMEs 5. 12h30 Lunch break 6. 14h30 Regional GRP trends and practices This session will showcase current country initiatives and strategies for implementing GRP and allow delegates to share experiences on existing innovative projects. Speakers:  Mr. Sokha Pech, Deputy Secretary General, Office of the Council of Ministers, Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), Cambodia  Mr. Inthapanya Khieovongphachanh, Deputy Director General, Legislation Department and RIA Center, Ministry of Justice, Lao PDR  Mr. Adrian Chippendale, Senior Advisor, Office of Best Practice Regulation, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia Discussants:  Dr. Rosemarie G. Edillon, Deputy Director-General, National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA), Philippines  Ms. Sarah Smith, Deputy Director, Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), United Kingdom Followed by a Q&A Action required: for discussion 7. 16h00 Coffee Break 8. 16h30 Synergies between the GRPN and OECD Programme of Work This session will present the forthcoming work of the OECD bodies responsible for regulatory policy and governance, namely the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) and Network of Economic Regulators, and potential contribution from the GRPN to OECD Committees. Other updates will also be provided. Action required: for discussion Document for reference http://www.oecd- ilibrary.org/governance
  4. 4. Speakers:  Mr. Faisal Naru, Senior Economic Adviser, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Followed by a Q&A 9. 17h00 Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs

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