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 15 APRIL 2014
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THIS ISSUE'S TOPICS

Highlights Education Public Governance & Management
OECD Publishing News Employment Science & Technology
Agriculture/Food/Fisheries Energy SMEs & Entrepreneurship
Business and Markets Environment Taxation
Development Health Trade
Economic Developments Info/Comm Technology Transportation
Economic Statistics Nuclear Energy Urban, Rural & Regional Policy

HIGHLIGHTS

Women, Government and Policy Making in OECD Countries Taxing Wages 2014


Only 16 heads of state are women and only one of five lawmakers are women, says Women, Government and Policy Making in OECD Countries: Fostering Diversity for Inclusive Growth: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise, says Taxing Wages 2014: Selected chapters are available on the OECD iLibrary now. The full book will come available in May. Press release | Data preview | Selected Chapters on OECD iLibrary

OECD Forum 2014 to be held May 5-6 in Paris. Register today! Forum website

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

International Standards for Fruits and Vegetables: Pomegranate


International Standards for Fruits and Vegetables: Pomegranate. Read and Share | Book on OnlineBookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Fishing for Tomorrow: Managing Fisheries for Sustainable Development: Coherence for Development brief

Forthcoming
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Financial Education for Youth: The Role of Schools Risk Management and Corporate Governance


Financial Education for Youth: The Role of Schools: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Risk Management and Corporate Governance: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Sovereign borrowing set to fall in 2014, says OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2014: Print as well as PDF editions are now available. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

News from the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, April 2014 includes articles on the Sovereign Borrowing Outlook, state-owned enterprises and the development process, the value of implicit guarantees for bank debt, OECD and financial modernisation over the past five decades, SMEs and the credit crunch, financial consumer protection, measuring globalisation, and privatisation and demutualisation of MENA stock exchanges. Newsletter

Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention: Press release

Responsible Business Conduct in Kazakhstan: Report (PDF - 87 pages)

Finance and enterprise affairs: Call for papers: How could better functioning stock markets improve the quality of life as measured by the OECD's Better Life Initiative? Announcement

Competition Law and Policy in Romania: Peer Review 2014: Report (PDF - 105 pages)

Competition issues in Waste Management: Conference Proceedings (PDF - 313 pages)

Forthcoming
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Book listing
-OECD Insurance Statistics 2013: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Aid to developing countries rebounds in 2013 to reach an all-time high: Press release

Italy increases aid contributions but should address working practices, OECD says in its Development Co-operation Peer Review of Italy 2014. The report will appear on the OECD iLibrary soon. Announcement

DACnews, April 2014 includes articles on more and better resources for development, the rebound in aid to developing countries, modernising the DAC statistical system, gender equality and women's rights, the Arab-DAC dialogue on development, social business' contribution to development and financing development co-operation in a new era. Newsletter

Updated development aid tables charts and databases: Webpage

Fishing for Tomorrow: Managing Fisheries for Sustainable Development: Coherence for Development brief

Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa 2013: Report webpage

Forthcoming
-Making Development Co-operation More Effective: Book listing
-Illicit Flows from Developing Countries: Measuring OECD Responses: Book listing

-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Australia 2013: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: France 2013: Book listing
-Climate Resilience in Development Planning: Book listing
-Better Policies for Development: Policy Coherence for Development and Illicit Financial Flows: Book listing
-African Economic Outlook 2014: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys: Euro Area 2014 OECD Economic Surveys: European Union 2014


Methodology for banks’ asset risk weighting should be improved, says OECD Economic Surveys: Euro Area 2014: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Greater competition is essential to promote the labour and product market mobility, says OECD Economic Surveys: European Union 2014: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1109: Short-term Indicator Models for Quarterly GDP Growth in the BRIICS: A Small-Scale Bridge Model Approach

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2014, Issue 1: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Main Economic Indicators, Vol 2014, Issue 4 National Accounts of OECD Countries: Financial Balance Sheets 2014 National Accounts of OECD Countries: Financial Accounts 2014


Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2014, Issue 4: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | View issue on OECD iLibrary

National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Balance Sheets 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Accounts 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.4% in February 2014: Press release

OECD unemployment increases to 7.6% in February 2014: Press release

Unwinding of stocks slows OECD GDP growth to 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013: Press release

Composite leading indicators point to weakening growth in most major emerging economies but continued positive growth prospects in OECD countries: Press release

OECD employment rate at 65.3% in fourth quarter of 2013, up by 0.1%: Press release

Forthcoming:
-National Accounts at a Glance 2014: Book listing
-Natonal Accounts of OECD Countries, Main Aggregates 2014: Book listing

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EDUCATION

Financial Education for Youth: The Role of Schools


Financial Education for Youth: The Role of Schools: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Lessons from PISA for Korea. Print as well as PDF editions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Education and Skills Newsletter, April 2014 includes articles on creative problem solving amongst 15-year-olds, retirement of Barbara Ischinger as Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, and the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. Newsletter

Improving Schools in Wales: An OECD Perspective: Report (PDF - 140 pages)

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-PISA 2012 Results: Ready to Learn, Volume III: Students' Engagement, Drive and Self-Beliefs. Print edition. Book listing
-Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Investing in Youth: Brazil


Investing in Youth: Brazil: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic: Book listing
-Employment and Skills Strategies in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Pension Systems: Ireland: Book listing
-Ageing and Employment Policies: Netherlands 2014: Working Better with Age: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy Policies in IEA Countries: Austria 2014


IEA praises Austria for well-balanced energy policy, but sees areas for further improvement in Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Austria 2014: Available only in PDF. Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reduction in Russian demand trims global forecast marginally, says IEA Oil Market Report for April 2014: Report

Forthcoming
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Netherlands 2014: Book listing (Only available in PDF format)
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Morocco 2014
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Russia 2014
-Energy Technology Perspectives

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Colombia 2014


Colombia must do more on environment for sustainable economic growth, says OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Colombia 2014: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Scaling up finance mechanisms for biodiversity: Policy highlights (PDF 12 pages)

Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross‑Country Evidence: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water
-Green Growth Indicators 2014: Book listing
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing

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HEALTH

Health Spending Continues to Stagnate in Many OECD Countries: Working paper

Geographic Imbalances in Doctor Supply and Policy Responses: Working paper

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Czech Republic 2014: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Norway 2014: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Turkey 2013: Raising Standards: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

OECD Review of Telecommunications Policy and Regulation in Colombia


Colombia telecoms regulator needs more power to increase competition, says OECD Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Colombia: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Internet in Transition: The State of the Transition to IPv6 in Today's Internet and Measures to Support the Continued Use of IPv4: Working paper

Consumer and Policy Guidance on Mobile and Online Payments: Report (PDF - 350 kb)

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, April 2014 includes articles on new nuclear build supply chain and project management, the meeting of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee, the Regulators' Forum, new expert groups, waste management activities related to the Fukushima Daiishima accident, the NEA Salt Club, and South African participation in the Nuclear Law Committee. Newsletter

Global nuclear safety conference held by NEA and Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan: Press release

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Women, Government and Policy Making in OECD Countries OECD Review of Telecommunications Policy and Regulation in Colombia


Only 16 heads of state are women and only one of five lawmakers are women, says Women, Government and Policy Making in OECD Countries: Fostering Diversity for Inclusive Growth: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Colombia telecoms regulator needs more power to increase competition, says OECD Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Colombia: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Spain’s public sector reform plans on the right track, says Spain’s public sector reform plans on the right track, says OECD Public Governance Review of Spain (full book to come out soon). Press release | Executive Summary

Greening the Property Tax: Working paper

The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform: Working paper

Valuation and Assessment of Immovable Property: Working paper

Follow OECD public governance activities on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OECDgov

Forthcoming
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OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia´s Audit System: Managing Risk in Public Institutions: Book listing

-The Governance of Regulators: Book listing
-Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections: Book listing
-OECD Regulatory Compliance Cost Assessment Guidance: Book listing
-Chile's Supreme Audit Institution: Enhancing strategic agility and public trust: Book listing
-Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2014

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Making Innovation Policy Work


Making Innovation Policy Work: Learning from Experimentation: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross‑Country Evidence: Working paper

Research and Development Statistics updated: Announcement | Database on OECD iLibrary

R&D Tax Incentives data: Webpage

Latest innovation statistics: Webpage

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Forthcoming
-Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic: Book listing
-Employment and Skills Strategies in Northern Ireland: Book listing

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TAXATION

Taxing Wages 2014


Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise, says Taxing Wages 2014: Selected chapters are available on the OECD iLibrary now. The full book will come available in May. Press release | Data preview | Selected Chapters on OECD iLibrary

Public comments received on discussion draft on Action 6 (Prevent Treaty Abuse) of the BEPS Action Plan: Comments

OECD to deliver new global standard on the application of Value Added Taxes to international trade – Tokyo 18 April 2014: Press release

Forthcoming:
-Global Forum Peer Reviews:
--Barbados, Phase 2
--Colombia, Phase 1

--Latvia, Phase 1
--Malaysia, Phase 2
--Micronesia, Phase 1
--Saudi Arabia, Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework:
Book listing
--Slovak Republic, Phase 2
--Slovenia, Phase 2

-Taxing Wages 2014: Book listing
-Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries 2014: Trends in Indonesia and Malaysia: Book listing

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TRADE

OECD to deliver new global standard on the application of Value Added Taxes to international trade – Tokyo 18 April 2014: Press release

Latest trade facilitation indicators by country: Website

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

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TRANSPORTATION

ITF Newsletter, April 2014 includes articles on the Keynote speeches planned for the ITF Summit, and on research to be honored during the Summit. Newsletter

Registration for ITF Summit 2014 is now open: Announcement

Follow ITF on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ITF_forum

Forthcoming:
-Expanding Airport Capacity in Large Urban Areas:
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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

International Summer School for cooperation and local development (Trento, Italy) - 2014 edition: Announcement

Forthcoming
-OECD Territorial Reviews: The Netherlands 2014: Book listing
-Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG and THE OECD OBSERVER

PISA: we have a problem
Any mystified adult trying to figure out the settings of a mobile phone knows there’s only one thing to do – find someone younger. But are some teens better at these tasks than others? The most recent round of the OECD’s PISA student assessments set out to investigate how well the world’s 15-year-olds do when it comes to tackling real-life, interactive problems – “creative problem solving” – so demonstrating their capacity to reason outside the classroom. Results from the assessments are released today. If you followed the first set of results from PISA 2012 late last year, you won’t be surprised to learn that, once again, youngsters in East Asia have done very well. Top of the heap is Singapore, followed by Korea and Japan. Read more

Fail fast, learn fast and innovate
Here’s a quote from Making Innovation Policy Work: Learning from experimentation, a book by the OECD and the World Bank being launched today in Washington. “River blindness is the result of a parasitic infestation of the eye. The parasite is transferred by the bite of the blackfly.” Moses Katabarwa, senior epidemiologist for the Carter Center’s River Blindness program told CNN what the disease means for people infected. They don’t all go blind, but the itching is so bad they may break clay pots to scratch themselves with. The fight to eradicate river blindness (onchocerciasis) is one of the examples quoted by Making Innovation Policy Work to show how innovation can help to improve the lives of those at the “bottom of the pyramid”, the world’s poorest citizens. The disease was eliminated by 2002 in 11 West African countries. Read more

Japan and the OECD: How the sun rose on a global era
OECD membership crowned Japan’s efforts to reintegrate into the international community after the Second World War, while helping to turn the organisation into a global, rather than European, player. But the country’s accession had to be managed with great care, reflecting tensions of the time. OECD Observer article

Half a century of OECD membership
Japan gained OECD membership in 1964, the same year it hosted the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Its entry into the organisation is significant in three main ways. The first is historical: Japan’s joining the OECD, which followed the signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1954 and entering GATT in 1955, signalled its successful transformation into a fully industrialised economy. OECD Obserer article

An impressive comeback
While today Japan is one of the world’s largest and most advanced economies, a member of the G7 and the most developed country in Asia, in 1964 the picture was quite different. OECD Observer article

Japan: Making the comeback last
After two decades of sluggishness, a recovery could be under way. This time, it could be sustained. OECD Observer article

The opportunities of an older workforce
Ageing is often seen as a burden for economies. While it is true that changing demographics pose a challenge, they are also a source of opportunity. OECD Observer article

Latin America's Challenge
After a euphoric decade, reforms to consolidate recent gains and confront challenges ahead are needed. Are Latin America’s economic fortunes changing? Over the last decade, policymakers and the general public became used to good news from this lively continent. Latin America was abuzz with optimism, buoyed by strong growth and rising incomes. OECD Observer article

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