Speeches


  • 4-September-2015

    English

    G20 Ankara: Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors - Remarks at session on framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth

    The G20 commitment to raise GDP by 2% in 2018 through structural reform commitments was a masterstroke - this promised concrete measures to raise living standards and put the recovery on a higher growth path. Implementation is now key and has rightly been a priority under the Turkish Presidency.

  • 4-September-2015

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    G20 Ankara: Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors - Remarks at session on global economy

    While the world experienced an exceptionally hot summer, clouds were gathering over the global economic outlook. We still expect the global growth rate to pick up next year, but the recovery remains cooler than it should be.

  • 4-September-2015

    English

    OECD's Gurria expresses support for new French-German initiative in response to refugee crisis

    OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría welcomes the initiative of President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel to put forward a structural and ambitious response to the current refugee crisis.

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  • 4-September-2015

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    G20 Ankara: Joint Meeting of Labour and Finance Ministers – Remarks at session on inequalities

    I am very glad the G20 Turkish Presidency put inclusiveness as one of the three “I's" of the required collective action to foster the G20 inclusive and robust growth. Ringing the alarm bell on rising inequality is becoming, unfortunately, routine for us at the OECD.

  • 4-September-2015

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    G20 Ankara: Increasing Investment in Human Resources

    I am particularly pleased to introduce this session of the Ministerial as boosting investment in human resources is a key pillar of a successful strategy to foster the G20 inclusive growth agenda. The G20 Skills Strategy, in this regard, is a very timely initiative.

  • 3-September-2015

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    G20 Ankara Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting: Remarks at Introductory Session

    The OECD very much welcomes the Turkish Presidency’s choice to focus on the three I’s of inclusiveness, implementation, and investment. Within these priorities, employment policies have an important role to play and the OECD is pleased to have contributed to the preparation of your meeting today, including the development of the key policy principles and frameworks.

  • 1-September-2015

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    Launch of 2015 Economic Survey of Iceland

    I am pleased to open this launch with a broadly positive message. Since successfully completing its stabilisation programme in 2011, Iceland’s economic activity has recovered steadily, returning to its pre-crisis level earlier than crisis-hit euro area countries. Iceland has entered its 5th year of economic recovery and prospects are good.

  • 17-July-2015

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    Launch of the 2015 OECD Economic Survey of South Africa

    The social progress South Africa has made over the past two decades is impressive. The transition to democracy has of course been a defining feature, and successive governments have implemented policies to increase well-being. The expansion of social grants has lifted many South Africans out of absolute poverty. This progress has been underpinned by a sound framework for macroeconomic policy.

  • 15-July-2015

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    Leveraging pension funds for financing infrastructure development in Africa

    The impact of smart investment goes beyond private interests. Investing in infrastructure - especially social infrastructure - can connect communities, enhance social cohesion and make economic growth benefit the people. Yet, as the demand for infrastructure increases with growth, trade and urbanisation, developing countries are struggling to meet their infrastructure needs.

  • 14-July-2015

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    Making the connection: Linking transparency and information exchange to domestic resource mobilisation

    It is a testament to how important this issue is that we have so many eminent Ministers and officials from OECD Global Forum member countries and observer organisations here. The Forum today has 127 members, of which more than half are developing countries. We are working on an equal footing to monitor commitments to global tax transparency standards because it is a global issue, and we are very much in it together!

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