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The world economy continues to recover but there is still a considerable dispersion in performance across countries and regions. Dynamic economies, led by China and India, are expected to expand at over 7 percent in both 2011 and 2012. In contrast, OECD countries will expand by only 2.3 percent in 2011 and 2.8 percent in 2012.
As fundamental technological and demographic challenges re-shape our economies, the quality of teaching, which is the biggest in-school influence on student learning, is the yardstick for long-term growth, said OECD Secretary-General.
Central to OECD is the understanding of member countries, by member countries, for member countries. This pioneering approach is now becoming more widespread, including in the G20 context, M. Gurría declared during the celebration of the OECD’s 50th anniversary in London
Economic growth will be subdued this year and next in the United Kingdom, but the government must continue its difficult fiscal consolidation and structural reform programmes to return the economy to a sustainable path, according to the OECD Secretary-General presenting this report in London.
Marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurriá announced a new Gender Initiative. The project will investigate gender barriers to education and employment, make policy recommendations to close the gap, and develop indicators to monitor progress.
"The ability of the participants to design, negotiate and conclude such a thorough, market-driven agreement in less than a year is remarkable. It is testimony to the power of the multilateral cooperation that continues to drive OECD work 50 years after its creation.", M. Gurría declared.
OECD Secretary-General talks of the need to promote a significant shift in policy-making to introduce together a new era that favours long term investments for sustainable development, at the Eurofi High Level Seminar in Paris.
Vigorous competition stimulates productivity and the innovation that is vital for fostering new sources of growth and competitiveness. It prevents market capture by incumbents or large firms. Competitive markets create new employment opportunities, and increase the access of consumers to cheaper and better quality products. Fair competition is one of the oldest pillars of economic progress, according to OECD Secretary-General.
For over 50 years, the OECD has provided fact-based analysis and policy advice to help governments improve the lives of their citizens. In these challenging economic times, we benefit from the European Parliament insights and perspectives in order to remain relevant and establish a more solid connection between public policy and the people for which policy is made, says OECD Secretary-General.
The aim of the OECD Green Growth Strategy is to provide a clear framework for how countries can achieve economic growth and development while at the same time preventing costly environmental degradation, climate change and inefficient use of natural resources.