Speeches


  • 30-September-2013

    English

    Tackling Portugal’s Health Challenges and Promoting Well Being

    In Portugal, health spending has been reduced from 10.8% of GDP in 2009 to 10.2% now. This has been achieved by rationalising spending on pharmaceuticals, promoting the use of generic drugs, moderating salaries; cutting the fees paid to hospitals, and increasing user charges, while still protecting those in most need, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 27-September-2013

    English

    “The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be - 20 Years of Competition Law and the Challenges Ahead”

    Strong competition is an optimizer for our economies. First of all, it is the best catalyst to increase our productivity. This is because a strong competition framework generates the right incentives to attract the most efficient firms into our markets.

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  • 25-September-2013

    English

    Reviewing progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and charting a way forward

    We must finish what we started with the current set of MDGs. This requires a significant acceleration of our efforts, given the highly uneven progress across countries, regions and goals, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 25-September-2013

    English

    Domestic resource mobilisation within a future global partnership for development

    Domestic resource mobilisation or “helping countries help themselves more effectively” is vital to the success of future global development efforts and is one of the four main pillars of the OECD’s Strategy on Development, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 23-September-2013

    English

    OECD Secretary-General congratulates Chancellor Merkel on her re-election victory

    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her re-election for a third term.

  • 23-September-2013

    English

    Recovering Trust as a Key to Effective Public Policy

    Public trust is the cornerstone of effective governance, the main ingredient to promote economic growth and social progress. Like never before, our citizens have doubts about their government’s capacities to make the right decisions. Therefore, we need to take the necessary measures to recover that confidence, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 18-September-2013

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    Tackling Inequalities in Development Policies

    Development aid policies have helped developing countries reduce extreme poverty, strengthen institutional frameworks and develop a middle class. But there are still 2.4 billion people living in poverty and inequalities in many countries are still at record levels, and in some cases rising, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 17-September-2013

    English

    Signing Ceremony for the Accession of the Slovak Republic to the Development Assistance Committee

    It is both impressive and inspiring to see how far Slovakia has come. Prior to 2004, the Slovak Republic was eligible to receive development assistance, now, in less than a decade; it is becoming a provider of development co-operation, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 14-September-2013

    English

    The Fight Against Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion: Towards a New Global Standard on Automatic Exchange of Tax Information

    Vast amounts of money are kept off-shore and go untaxed. The more we do to combat tax fraud and evasion, the more resources we will have to finance growth-enhancing public investment, restore the health of public finances, and put the euro area economy back on a sustained and long-term recovery, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 6-September-2013

    English

    Growth and Trade

    Trade and investment are a key source of growth and an area where the G20 can be credited with important achievements, such as the standstill and the rejection of protectionism. Further trade liberalisation can be a powerful, timely, non-debt stimulus to the world economy, said OECD Secretary-General.

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