2023 OECD Southeast Asia Ministerial Forum

October 26thOctober 27th


Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Meliá Hanoi Hotel44B, Ly Thuong Kiet StreetHa Noi

Sustainable and Quality Investment: New Momentum for OECD Southeast Asia Partnership

What do we mean by sustainable and quality investment? 
In 2022, Southeast Asia saw inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) of USD 224.2 billion, 17 per cent of global FDI and an all-time high. While FDI is a major driver of economic growth, Southeast Asian governments also want to ensure that it effectively addresses challenges such as the energy transition, infrastructure development and digitalisation. This means developing targeted policies to measure the sustainability and quality impacts of FDI, attract responsible investors, and maximise the positive impacts of FDI. 

The supply of capital available for sustainable investment is growing, but the managers of this capital are no different to any others in their desire for predictable regulatory environments that support FDI. Efforts to attract sustainable and quality investment therefore depend in large part on the overall investment climate. Attracting sustainable and quality investment involves bringing together the interests of governments and investors to create a policy environment that can both deliver returns for investors and assist governments to address social and environmental challenges.  
How can OECD help?

The OECD is well positioned to partner with Southeast Asian countries to provide targeted, data-driven policy advice on these issues. It has a long track record of close cooperation with Southeast Asian policy makers on sustainable and quality investment. OECD initiatives, such as the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Mobilization program and the Sustainable Infrastructure Program in Asia, are helping governments in the region attract more and better investment aligned with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The OECD's FDI Qualities Indicators also provide a quantitative basis for discussion by seeking to measure the impact of international investment on sustainable development. Drawing on this deep expertise, OECD experts will facilitate a focused and data-driven exchange of views at the Forum, which will be of interest to a broad range of policymakers and investors.
 How will the Forum be organized? 

 The Forum will be held at ministerial level, with ministers from Australia and Viet Nam co-chairing proceedings along with the OECD Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann. The first day will focus on Southeast Asia at the regional level, considering opportunities for cooperation between OECD members and Southeast Asian countries to encourage sustainable and quality investment. 

On the second day , an Investment Forum between the OECD and Viet Nam will feature a deep dive into investment policy in Viet Nam and ways to attract sustainable and quality investment. The Forum will include a private sector networking and policy dialogue, which will be open to both private sector representatives and Ministerial delegations. It will also feature side events and seminars on key OECD initiatives that are influencing global standards and regulation. 

Venue and Travel


• Address: 
MELIÁ HANOI, No. 44B, Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Tran Hung Dao Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
• Telephone: +84-24-3934-3343
• Website: https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/vietnam/hanoi/melia-hanoi 

Vehicles and Transportation

•  Transportation from Noi Bai International Airport
> Transportation for delegations attending from abroad will be provided. Register Airport Transfer for delegations here

> Taxis are well regulated as you step out of the airport, with a rate from the airport to city center of VND 345,000 (around USD16), and the reverse route is VND 220,000 (around USD10). 
•  Passengers are also able to request drop-off directly to the hotel, with journey time around 40 minutes from the airport.

Visa Information

Generally, non-nationals are required to have a visa to enter Viet Nam. 
In case of coming from a country with visa waiver status , passengers are allowed to have a stay duration of 45 days from the entry date (including the entry date and the next 44 days of stay). 
For more details, please contact the nearest Viet Nam Embassy or Consulate General.

Logistic note

Click this link for more information. We look forward to welcoming you in Ha Noi!

Forum Co-chairs

The OECD Southeast Asia Regional Program (SEARP) has begun its third phase (2022-2025) under the Co-chairmanship of Australia and Viet Nam. The Program is a visible platform that brings together policy makers and experts from OECD and Southeast Asian countries to foster mutual learning and the exchange of standards, policies and good practices.

Contact Us

For more information, you can reach out to the OECD South and Southeast Asia division by email: grcsoutheastasia@oecd.org

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Launched in 2014, the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Program (SEARP) supports the region in its domestic priorities, policy reforms and regional integration efforts.