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OECD High-Level Parliamentary Seminar - 4 October 2012, Paris


OECD High-Level Parliamentary Seminar

Better Policies for Inclusive Growth and Integrity 

Thursday 4 October 2012

OECD Conference Centre, Paris (France) 


 For the seminar's summary and speakers' presentations go here




Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, OECD


Arrival of participants and morning coffee


Welcome and Update on the OECD Parliamentary Network
Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, OECD
Pablo Lorenzini, Member of Parliament, Chilean Chamber of Deputies
Göran Pettersson, Member of Parliament, Sweden

This session will provide an update on recent and upcoming activities of the OECD Parliamentary Network, incl. a report from the March 2012 High-Level Parliamentary Seminar hosted by the Chilean Chamber of Deputies in Santiago, Chile. MPs are invited to share their views and suggestions for activities of the OECD Parliamentary Network going forward as well as their priorities for the coming year. The session will also provide an update on the OECD Better Life Initiative.


Rebuilding confidence: a new agenda for inclusive growth
Exchange of Views with Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
Discussant: Tuur Elzinga, Senator, The Netherlands

This exchange with the Secretary-General will provide an opportunity to learn more about ongoing efforts by the OECD to restore confidence in the global economy and promote inclusive and green growth through focusing on competitiveness, investing in people, and building resilient institutions.


Coffee break


The Economic and Social Situation
Jorgen Elmeskov
, Deputy Chief Economist, Director of Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department,
John Martin
, Director, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
Discussant: Irene Johansen, Member of Parliament, Norway

OECD Directors will share with MPs the OECD’s latest analysis of the economic outlook in OECD and key emerging economies as well as the employment and social situation. They will also share the OECD’s policy recommendations to spur growth, boost confidence and soften the impact of the jobs crisis.

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Remarks by
Ambassador Chris Barrett, Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD


Lunch for Parliamentarians hosted by Ambassador Chris Barrett, Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD
Restaurant des Nations


New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-based Capital
Dirk Pilat, Head of Structural Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry

Investment and growth in OECD economies is increasingly driven by knowledge-based capital (KBC): computerised information (software and databases); innovative property (patents, copyrights, designs, trademarks); and economic competencies (incl. brand equity, firm-specific human capital, networks joining people and institutions, and organisational know-how that increases enterprise efficiency). In some OECD countries, firms now invest as much or more in KBC as they do in physical capital such as machinery, equipment and buildings. This shift reflects a variety of long-term economic and institutional transformations in OECD economies. The rise of KBC creates new challenges for policymakers, for business and for the ways in which economic activity is measured. Many policy frameworks and institutions are still best suited to a world in which physical capital drove growth. But today, the value of some leading global companies resides almost entirely in their KBC. With many countries facing sluggish economic growth and high unemployment, new thinking is needed to update a range of framework conditions – from tax and competition policies to corporate reporting and intellectual property rights. Updated policies could help yield significant economic value from forms of KBC that have thus far received scant attention.

More information: New Sources of Growth; OECD work on Knowledge-based CapitalOECD work on Innovation in Science, Technology and Industry


Financing Democracy: How to Square the Circle of Trust, Transparency, and Public Interest in Democratic Societies?
Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Discussant: Il-Ho Yoo, Member of Parliament, Republic of Korea

The economic crisis and its aftermath have weakened citizens’ confidence in markets and government. Trust in decision-makers is a prerequisite for building the support needed for decisive political action and structural reforms. Governments are the stewards of the public interest, though citizens sometimes feel that some decision-makers are unduly influenced or even captured by vested interests. Regulating political financing is essential to safeguard trust of citizens in their representatives. The session will provide an opportunity to share MP’s views on recent experiences, lessons learned and good practices in regulating political financing to ensure representative and accountable political parties, effective electoral competition, elimination of corruption and strong compliance with financing rules.

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Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, OECD

 The seminar is open to representatives from the parliamentary/legislative branch of government. It offers an exceptional opportunity for Members of Parliament to exchange views with their colleagues and OECD experts on a range of key issues. Staffers are very welcome to attend.


Practical Information

Contact: For further details or to register for this seminar, please contact Jennifer Bisping[; Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 93 26] or Silvia Terrón [; Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 95 72].

Seminar venue: OECD Conference Centre
2, rue André Pascal
75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Tel: 33 (0)1 45 24 82 00

Seminar Languages: There will be simultaneous interpretation in English, French, Czech, Japanese and Spanish.