- Welcome to the website of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The OECD, composed of 36 member countries and the European Union, is an intergovernmental organization to promote economic growth, prosperity, and sustainable development through policy co-ordination and co-operation on a wide range of global social and economic issues. As a “house of best practices,” the OECD holds more than 3,000 international meetings per year, at which governments compare policy experiences, identify good practices, and co-ordinate domestic and international policies.
Korea joined the OECD in December 1996, and the Permanent Delegation was officially established in January 1997. For more than two decades, the Delegation has participated actively in forming international standards, has analyzed the policy experiences and best practices of member countries in order to apply them to Korea’s domestic policies, and has shared Korea’s own successful policy examples and development experience with the international community.
At the events in 2016 marking the 20th anniversary of Korea’s joining the OECD, we confirmed that Korea is contributing to the OECD agenda as a mature member, going beyond learning OECD best practices and indeed “coming of age.”
Within just half a century, Korea transformed itself from a Least-Developed Country into a Solid Economic Power. Korea has contributed to the OECD agenda for development effectiveness, green growth, going digital, and inclusive growth through joining the Development Assistance Committee(DAC) and hosting both the Ministerial-level meeting of the OECD Committee for Science and Technological Policy in 2015 and the OECD World Forum in 2018.
Recently the OECD has provided policy advice to member countries through a variety of research on economic growth, as well as on social integration. In particular, it emphasizes “Better Policies for Better Lives,” which focuses on improving all individuals’quality of life.
Korea actively participates in OECD discussions in order to realize its people-centered economy – for example, improved quality of life and inclusive growth– and to cope with changes in society such as aging and digitalization.
KO, Hyoung Kwon