Speeches


24-April-2012

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Revitalising the Japanese Economy: The Way Forward

The Great East Japan Earthquake took a heavy toll of human lives and inflicted a massive economic damage, estimated at 3½ per cent of GDP. This event requires considerable time and a nation-wide effort of reconstruction. This is the first component of Prime Minister Noda’s “Strategies to Revitalise Japan”, which we very much welcome and support, said OECD Secretary-General.

19-April-2012

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G20: Understanding Global Value Chains

Policy making, including trade negotiations, must be based on hard evidence. At the end of this year, we expect to release a database of value-added trade statistics for both goods and services, involving 56 economies – including all G20 countries covering more than 95% of world output.

13-April-2012

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Paradigm lost: Rethinking economics and politics

In many countries, government debt is now at levels unprecedented in the post-war era, at around 100% of GDP across all OECD countries. Although deleveraging is necessary, we will not bring confidence and growth back by only promoting austerity, said OECD Secretary-General.

30-March-2012

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Former OECD Secretary-General awarded French Légion d‘honneur

Donald J. Johnston, has been awarded the French Légion d’honneur for his service as Secretary-General of the OECD from 1996 to 2006.

29-March-2012

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Making Green Growth Deliver

We have passed the limits of our planet’s capacity to support us. It’s time for a big shift, to further advance our understanding on green growth and sustainable development, to share policy experiences and to foster a new environmental consensus, said the OECD Secretary-General.

28-March-2012

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Towards a stronger and greener Polish economy

Throughout the global and European economic crisis, Poland has been the OECD’s champion in terms of cumulative real GDP growth. But Poland must continue to build on its past achievements and make further progress in areas where reforms are needed to sustain strong growth in the years to come.

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27-March-2012

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The Unfinished Business of Making Europe Work

Weak financial conditions, fiscal consolidation and economic adjustment are restricting demand in the short-term before the long-term benefits on stability and growth are felt, Mr Gurría said. Decisive action to restore confidence and support demand is needed now, he added.

26-March-2012

English

Going for Growth and Balance in Europe

Over the last four years we have lived and worked under the impact of the greatest economic crisis of our lifetimes. Recent actions in Europe have cleared a bit the fog but the confidence in the markets is still shaky and the long-term growth perspective of Europe is muted.

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20-March-2012

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OECD Secretary-General Gurría condemns attack in Toulouse

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría condemned the attack that occurred yesterday in Toulouse, Southern France, which resulted in the death of three children and a teacher outside their school.

20-March-2012

English

China Development Forum: meeting with business leaders

China and the OECD countries face increasingly similar challenges. We need to deepen our policy exchanges to share our expertise and accumulated experiences, to learn from one another, and to build cooperative solutions at the global level, said OECD Secretary-General.

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