Speeches


  • 25-April-2017

    English

    Putting water at the centre of the global agenda

    We are here today because we think it’s time to put water at the top of our global agenda. It’s time to get our water act together. I want to thank the Council on Foreign Relations for hosting us as we launch this call. And I thank in particular PJ Simmons for introducing this discussion.

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  • 22-April-2017

    English

    2017 IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings - IMFC Written Statement

    OECD Secretary-General's written statement highlighting key points to address in order to make global growth stronger and more inclusive.

  • 22-April-2017

    English

    2017 IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings - Development Committee Written Statement

    OECD Secretary-General's written statement on the need for collective responsibility to deliver the 2030 Agenda, highlighting that international co-operation must be stepped up to maximise the impact of record-high ODA flows, and create new development partnership tools that allow for holistic and inclusive approaches to common global challenges.

  • 22-April-2017

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    Tax Inspectors Without Borders Governing Board meeting - welcoming remarks

    Welcome to the second meeting of the Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Governing Board. I am pleased to be co-chairing today’s discussion with Mr. Michael O’Neill, UN Assistant Secretary General, and UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. The OECD is honoured to partner with the UNDP on TIWB.

  • 21-April-2017

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    G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting: Financial Sector Development and Regulation; Other Issues

    The expansion of Digital Financial Services (DFS) - such as mobile and online financial services, electronic money, as well as branchless banking – is a major global phenomenon and is particularly widespread in the developing world. Digital Financial Services are currently available to over 60% of the world’s population, particularly in the form of mobile money.

  • 21-April-2017

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    Remarks to the United States Council for International Business Roundtable

    The global economic context remains challenging. While a modest upswing is underway ─ we project global GDP growth of 3.3% in 2017 and 3.6% in 2018 ─ the global economy remains stuck in a low growth trap, facing many risks, vulnerabilities, and policy uncertainties. Weak investment and trade continue to weigh on the core drivers of consumption, such as productivity and wage growth.

  • 21-April-2017

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    Presentation of the 2017 OECD SME Finance Scoreboard

    It is a pleasure to be here today to launch the 2017 OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs. It is an honour to welcome Minister Padoan, an old friend of the OECD, here at our Washington Centre. And it is a very timely moment to take a closer look at the issue of SME finance.

  • 21-April-2017

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    G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting: remarks on the global economy and framework for growth

    Latest indicators of rising business confidence and industrial production are welcome. However, we have been here before over the past five years and left “Waiting for Godot” – for the recovery that never comes. There are reasons to be more optimistic this time around. But we have not yet decisively escaped the low-growth trap. Growth in productivity and wages remains lackluster. Inequality and political tensions are high.

  • 21-April-2017

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    Millennium Challenge Corporation - Senegal Event

    I am delighted to participate in today’s event focusing on the OECD’s ties with Senegal alongside our friends at the MCC. Last year, the OECD and MCC announced a new partnership to leverage the synergies between the OECD’s Multidimensional Country Reviews and MCC’s Constraints Analysis. Later today, we will sign an MoU to further support inclusive and sustainable growth in emerging and developing countries.

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  • 21-April-2017

    English

    Presentation to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies

    Thank you for your warm welcome. It’s a great honour to be at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, an organisation that shares history, values and objectives with the OECD. I’d like to thank the Centre’s President and CEO, Dr. John Hamré, for his invitation.

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