TOKYO, 8 March 2018 – Speaking at the OECD Southeast Asia Ministerial Forum, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, highlighted the need for a holistic and multidimensional approach to ensure inclusiveness in ASEAN Community building.

Addressing the topic of Inclusiveness through Connectivity, the Secretary-General emphasised the need for cross-pillar and cross-sectoral interactions in ASEAN, with the involvement of stakeholders at all levels. Doing so will ensure the continued well-being and livelihoods of the people of ASEAN, and “reinforce the sustainability of peace and security that has been maintained throughout these years,” Secretary-General Lim added.

Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono presided over the session.

Jointly organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the inaugural OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) Ministerial Conference took up the theme of Inclusive ASEAN, and is held on 8-9 March 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Ministerial Forum took place during the first day of the conference, while the second day of the conference is dedicated to the SEARP Steering Group Meeting.