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Opening the 9th Global Forum on Competition, Mr. Gurría talks about the concerted global effort needed to promote competitive markets which will support the recovery from the crisis.
Presenting the projections of ODA in 2010, A. Gurría stated that it is crucial that aid pledges must be honoured because they represent an investment in the emergence of effective and decent states around the globe.
During his meeting with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, A. Gurría said that the recovery from the crisis should not be jeopardised by a premature withdrawal of support measures. Countries must continue with stimulus and to withdraw them only once recovery is assured.
During a workshop on climate change organised by the European Union, Mr Gurría reminded that "far from perfect, the Copenhagen Accord is a hard-fought political agreement". He added that the world now needs to find an ambitious and legally-binding global agreement on climate change in Mexico and that the EU should continue to play a leading role for the negotiations.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to separate core commercial banking from some higher-risk activities in financial conglomerates and to place a moratorium on further consolidation could help to avoid a new financial crisis by resolving some major risks inherent to the current financial system.
Israel’s economy has shown resilience during the global recession, but more active education and employment policies – particularly targeted at minority groups – are needed to bolster its economic performance and bridge deep divisions within its society, according to Angel Gurría.
Israel has enjoyed strong economic growth over the last decades but the fruits of this growth have not been equally shared amongst the country’s rapidly growing population, warned the OECD Secretary-General.
Israel has weathered the recent recession very well and the policy responses have been appropriate. Nevertheless, long-term fiscal sustainability needs to be reinforced by bringing down public debt and the fruits of economic growth should be better redistributed to low-income households, said the OECD Secretary-General during his presentation of the report to the Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Mañana tendré el honor de firmar, con el Ministro de Hacienda, Andrés Velasco, el acuerdo oficial para el ingreso de Chile a la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico, OCDE. Este es un momento trascendental para Chile y para la OECD. Para Chile marca el reconocimiento de casi dos décadas de reforma democrática y políticas económicas sólidas. Para la OCDE, es un hito en su misión de construir una economía global
As a region with strong trade, investment, migration and financial links with the rest of the world, Latin America has not escaped the global crisis and its GDP is expected to contract between 1.5% and 2% in 2009, according to the OECD Secretary-General.