March 14, 2017



Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General

3rd ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network Meeting

“Fostering Connectivity and Regional Competitiveness through Good Regulatory Practices”

March 14, 2017

Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City


Honorable heads of delegations

Distinguished delegates and participants,

Good afternoon.

I trust that this exercise and interactions–both in the formal and informal levels–have been a worthwhile and productive experience.

In our first day of session, we were able to scratch the surface in regard to sharing initiatives and seeking possible strategies on fostering better regulatory practice in the ASEAN. This will require smartly strengthening our institutional and regulatory institutions and frameworks. We discussed that strategies will include building and enhancing the capacity of ASEAN countries for GRP implementation, and learning how to market GRP to our stakeholders. We will also have to actively engage both the private sector, local governments, and businesses in streamlining processes and enhancing good regulatory practices in our countries.

There is a demand for a concerted regional level of coordination and cooperation for administrative simplification, especially at the local government and business levels, to enable the GRP agenda. Thus, we must find a way to connect this to our common regional work plan.

Further, we learned of each other’s best practices when it comes to promoting regulatory excellence through reducing red tape and improving the business environment within the region.

Good regulatory practice is central in the ASEAN, and is crucial in fostering connectivity within the region. We firmly believe that there are potential opportunities for ASEAN SMEs to be part of and benefit from the global value chains if regulatory constraints are correctly addressed.

Tomorrow, we shall start with the workshops, and do deeper discussions on exploring the main regulatory concerns of SMEs, secondly, ensuring that this exercise adds value to other ASEAN-related work, and thirdly, we examine if certain methodologies will apply to the ASEAN context, considering the diversity of experiences and orientations of our member states.

All that said, I would like to thank our speakers and discussants for the enlightening and enriching presentations and all your substantive inputs today. Special thanks to the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee, the ASEAN Secretariat, and most especially our delegates from ASEAN member countries for attending the meeting.

As we cap off a fruitful day, allow me to invite you to celebrate–come join us tonight for a special dinner at Casa Real, which is a notable historic landmark here in Iloilo City.

Once again, welcome to the 3rd ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network Meeting. Wishing you all a most pleasant and memorable stay in the Philippines.

Good evening, and mabuhay.