"Our conversation today comes at a crucial moment. We are all aware of the immense scale of the global challenge presented by climate change. It is no longer simply an environmental issue. It is an economic and a social issue. It is vital to our quality of life and to the life of our fragile Earth! Action is becoming ever-more urgent.", said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
The OECD-G20 BEPS Project is a joint multilateral effort to tackle aggressive practices which erode the tax base of companies and artificially shift profits to low or no-tax jurisdictions.
The decision of the OECD Council in 2013 to invite Latvia to begin the process of joining the Organisation is a strong statement by OECD countries. It shows their confidence in the strategic directions, achievements and capabilities of the Latvian government. It is a message which will be translated into more and better investments in Latvia; more and better jobs for Latvians; said OECD Secretary-General.
As a result of the crisis, market income inequalities in OECD countries grew more between 2007 and 2010 – the worst years of the crisis – than in the preceding twelve years. This is a particular challenge for Latvia which has one of the most unequal distributions of income and wealth in the European Union.
The Spanish economy is emerging from a protracted recession, marked by a return to moderate growth and rising international competitiveness. To ensure a sustainable recovery and a return to lower levels of unemployment, full implementation of ongoing structural reforms is needed, warned OECD Secretary-General.
Tackling the epidemic of unemployment and underemployment that OECD countries have been facing since the first years of the crisis has been one of the top priorities at the OECD. In recent years, real wages have grown slowly, or even declined, bringing further hardship. Better policies for more and better jobs are needed.
Through the Tohoku School Project, the students have developed their capacities for innovation, leadership, and co-operation. They learned how to get the information they need when there isn’t a readymade answer in their textbook or a teacher to guide them. In other words, they learned how to learn – perhaps the most valuable lesson of all! said OECD Secretary-General.
Un mensaje claro que resulta de este Foro es que, a pesar de algunos signos de mejora, seguimos teniendo una enorme tarea por delante. Nuestras últimas proyecciones estiman que la tasa de desempleo para el conjunto de la OCDE caerá de 7,7% a finales de 2013 a 7,1% a finales de 2015.
Trade policies need to be embodied in effective structural policies to turn potential opportunities into real gains. This is why the OECD so strongly supports the Australian G20 Presidency efforts to better reflect trade and investment as essential elements of a strong, balanced and sustainable framework for growth, jobs, and development, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
Since the start of the crisis, a growing number of OECD countries have been reporting declining inward and outward FDI, a phenomenon that could be described as ‘investment de-globalisation’. Governments must take immediate and vigorous action to reverse such trends by removing unnecessary barriers and complexities that hinder investment, said OECD Secretary-General.