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International Economic Cooperation: SEACEN

Established as a legal entity in 1982, the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre aims to serve as the regional learning hub for central banks in the Asia-Pacific region. In accordance with the Articles of Association of the SEACEN Centre, dated 27 February 1982, SEACEN’s main objectives are:

  • Promoting a better understanding of the financial, monetary, banking and economic development matters which are of interest to central banks of South East Asian countries or of interest to the region as a whole; and
  • Stimulating and facilitating cooperation among central banks in the areas of research and training.

Since its inception, SEACEN has established its unique regional position in serving its membership of central banks in the Asia-Pacific region through its learning programmes, research work, and networking and collaboration platforms for capability building in central bank knowledge.


The SEACEN Centre is focused in the development of high quality programmes for its members under the following central banking knowledge areas:

  • Macroeconomic and monetary policy management (MMPM)
  • Financial stability and banking supervision and regulation(FSS)
  • Payment and settlement system (PSS)
  • Central bank governance, leadership and support services (L&G)

It has collaborated with its 26 strategic partners to support SEACEN in the design and delivery of its learning programmes. These strategic partners provide SEACEN participants with exposure to international best practices in central banking knowledge in a cost-effective manner.

In 2019, SEACEN launched a total of 26 trainings under the four (4) knowledge areas and was attended by more than 600 participants from SEACEN member central banks.


SEACEN aims to continue its search for collaborators in efforts to improve the quality of its learning and research programmes. It also aims to continue tapping subject matter experts from the international/regional financial community such as research centres, private banks, rating agencies, investment houses, accounting fraternity and members of the academia to provide its participants with broader perspectives and experiences in various areas of interest. The list of strategic partners and their areas of collaboration can be found in the following link:


The SEACEN Centre has completed the research projects on “The Distributional Impact of Monetary Policy in SEACEN Economies” by Dr. Maria Teresa Punzi and “ The Scope, Prospects and Implications of New Forms of Financial Intermediation for Monetary Policy in ASEAN Economies” by Dr. Ferry Syarifuddin which were implemented as part of its research activities for 2019. Additionally, two SEACEN Working Papers were released and two research studies were published in the SEACEN Centre’s website in 2019. SEACEN faculty staff has also made research contributions in external publications and journals.

High-level Seminars/Conferences

SEACEN annually conducts a policy summit bringing together central bankers, financial regulators, standard setters, industry experts/specialists and academicians to discuss topics of interest and utmost concern, such as central banking, cryptocurrency and financial technologies (FinTech). Meanwhile, high-level seminars are also being held in conjunction with the meetings of Governors, Deputy Governors, and Directors. The topics chosen are a function of new developments and debates on monetary policy, financial stability and supervision, payments and settlements, human capital, leadership, governance, research and training.

Webinars and Podcasts

SEACEN has delivered special webinars on topics relevant to macroeconomic and financial market developments. SEACEN faculty staff were often joined by special guests from central banks, international financial institutions, market experts and academe. Podcasts are hosted by SEACEN staff providing SEACEN another platform to collaborate with financial market experts and update/inform listeners on developments/issues on central banking, monetary policy management, financial market regulations and supervision, financial stability, financial innovations, leadership and governance. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, SEACEN has launched a series of Webinars updating its members on the risk implications of Covid-19 to the global economy, international and domestic financial markets and central banking.

Created:9/30/2020 10:49 AM   by:  Rhodawynn Concepcion Obillo-Segun
Modified:10/1/2020 2:20 PM   by:  Rhodawynn Concepcion Obillo-Segun