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  • 18-July-2019

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    G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Session 3: Fighting Inequalities Between and Within Countries

    For the third time, after Bari and Whistler, the OECD is proud to support the Presidency of the G7 in examining and discussing the challenges that high levels of inequality are raising for our economies, their pace and potential of growth, their productivity and stability.

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  • 18-July-2019

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    G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Working Breakfast: Climate and Green Finance

    Globally, we have a 3 trillion dollar annual investment gap in climate-friendly and climate-resilient infrastructure for energy storage, transport, and buildings. There is no shortage of resources. Yet, to shift trillions to climate and green infrastructure, we need a pipeline of “bankable”, sustainable infrastructure projects as well as innovative financing instruments and investment vehicles.

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  • 17-July-2019

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    G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Sequence 2: International Taxation

    It is now crunch time to find a consensus-based solution to address the tax challenges arising from the growing digitalisation of the economy. Today, we must look forward to drive this process towards a successful conclusion.

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  • 17-July-2019

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    G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Sequence 1: Addressing risks in the global economy and the financial systems

    The global economy is in a fragile spot. Our latest Economic Outlook projected global GDP growth to slow down to 3.2% this year and improve only to 3.4% in 2020, against a projection of 4% growth a year ago. Across all G7 economies, growth is projected to be lower this year than in 2018.

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  • 15-July-2019

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    2019 Global Management Academy

    These days, supranational institutions are under scrutiny and in some cases severe pressure from their constituencies. We are asked to constantly justify the resources and trust invested in us. As Secretary-General of the OECD, I can tell you that the expectations of our members are only getting higher and we must rise to the test.

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  • 15-July-2019

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    2019 Emerging Leaders Programme

    We need great leaders at all levels. And not just any type of leader. We need leaders that are able to generate trust, enthusiasm, change, dreams, effective projects. Leaders that believe in efficiency as much as they believe in inclusion, diversity and gender equality. Leaders that can lead multicultural teams and deliver innovative solutions to our most pressing challenges.

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  • 10-July-2019

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    Economic Survey of Luxembourg

    Luxembourg is a country with many strengths, one that ranks among the top-performing OECD countries in a number of domains. It enjoys an exceptionally high degree of economic prosperity and an excellent quality of life, with most citizens enjoying a healthy work-life balance, good housing and supportive social connections.

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  • 8-July-2019

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    Press Conference: In-depth Productivity Review of Belgium

    Belgium is one of the most productive economies in Europe and in the world. Workers in Belgium produce 6% more for each hour worked than workers in Germany; 7% more than workers in the Netherlands; and 9% more than workers in France.

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  • 8-July-2019

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    The Economy of Well-Being

    I am honoured to present the OECD Report on the “Economy of Well-Being” at the European Council. On this first Council Meeting of the new Presidency, I would like to take the opportunity to wish Finland a productive and successful semester.

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  • 5-July-2019

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    The Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit – Leaders Session on Youth entrepreneurship

    Our discussions have underscored once more that small and medium enterprises must be the very backbone of a prospering economy (in OECD countries, they account for over 95% of firms). This is why to make growth stronger and more inclusive, we must create an enabling market environment for SMEs and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit in Southeast Europe.

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