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The quality of teachers is one of the most important factors in student outcomes. But our policies to improve teacher quality will only succeed if we effectively evaluate and measure performance. Evaluating teachers reflects a commitment to the improvement of this most valuable and important profession, said Angel Gurría.
It is a great honour to welcome the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, to the OECD. This is indeed a historic occasion. President Peres is one of the greatest statesmen of our times. His service to Israel has been precious and lifelong.(...)
The global economy is not out of the woods yet and we urgently need to find the drivers of more vigorous, inclusive and sustainable growth. We need to promote a new type of growth, one with stronger rules for efficient but responsible markets; one that enhances environmental progress; one that promotes social inclusion, says Angel Gurría.
Base erosion is a serious threat to the viability of our countries. It constitutes a major risk to tax revenues, tax sovereignty and tax fairness, said Angel Gurría in his opening remarks at the 2nd Global Forum on Transfer Pricing.
Despite South Africa's wealth in natural resources, healthy business environment and financial system, and its sound public finances, the country has yet to fulfil its great potential, said Angel Gurría at the launch of the 2013 OECD Economic Survey of South Africa.
In his closing remarks to the first day of the OECD Global Forum on Competition, the OECD Secretary-General underlined the importance of tackling the topic of competition and poverty.
In his speech at the occasion of the Finnish Government's mid-term review, the Secretary-General praises high-quality human capital and a large degree of social cohesion as key assets of the Finnish economy. To reach its full economic potential the country should engage in structural reforms to remove unnecessary obstacles to competition and growth and raise the efficiency of public services.
Expanding our long-lasting institutional partnership with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly is right in line with our effort to strengthen our collaboration with parliamentarians. Parliaments have become strategic to design and approve the needed reforms to restart growth and equip our economies with better frameworks and institutions.
The Secretary-General introduced Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, and underlined many of his accomplishments.
The OECD has shown its commitment to this strand of G20 work by providing your Leaders with key global principles to enhance financial consumer protection in 2011 at the Cannes Summit; and by promoting the development of consistent financial education strategies with the High Level OECD/INFE Principles on national strategies for financial education delivered, said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.