Investment policy

OECD Investment Policy Review of Southeast Asia




8 March 2018



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8 March 2018 - This report builds on national reviews of seven countries in Southeast Asia. It looks at common challenges across the region and at the interplay between regional initiatives and national reforms. It allows for a discussion of more thematic issues than are usually considered in the country-level reviews, including the possible role of regional initiatives in driving reform.

The report covers:

  • FDI trends in Southeast Asia, particularly in services
  • the unfinished agenda of FDI liberalisation in the region
  • the role of liberalisation in boosting both service sector and overall productivity in ASEAN
  • the evolution of investment protection in Southeast Asia
  • towards a smarter use of tax incentives in the region
  • how promoting and enabling responsible business conduct can help to maximise the development impact of investment

This Review was discussed by officials from OECD and ASEAN countries at a meeting of the Regional Policy Network on Investment in Tokyo, Japan on 7 March 2018. It has been circulated for further comment and a revised version may be issued later in the year. 


See also

International investment in Southeast Asia


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