Remarks by Angel Gurría,
1 July 2015
OECD, Paris, France
(As prepared for delivery)
Your Excellency Premier Li Keqiang, Ms Cheng Hong, Ministers, Ambassadors,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is an honour to welcome the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China to the OECD. Your visit, Premier Li, marks 20 years of fruitful partnership between China and the OECD. It reflects our deepening collaboration and our growing trust.
1 July 2015 (from left) - OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría introducing Li Keqiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China, OECD Headquarters, Paris
Although by itself your presence is a very important political message, we have also made progress preparing the outcomes of this trip. First, we signed our shared vision statement and the 2015/2016 Programme of Work, deepening priorities in 20 policy areas ranging from trade, investment and financial markets to education, innovation and inclusive growth.
This programme will help us support China’s economy, as it embarks on a path to a new normal. We have faith that China’s “new normal” will be arrived at in an orderly stable manner, with growth of “around” 7%.
Second, we formalised China’s accession to the OECD Development Centre. China will be a key Member of this unique forum, contributing with its own experience to find policy solutions to promote inclusive growth and improve living conditions in emerging and developing economies, but also to address the development challenges that some of our advanced economies are facing.
We are also preparing to work together for the Chinese Presidency of the G20, to ensure meaningful outcomes for the global economy. The OECD is ready to put its knowledge and expertise at the service of the Chinese Presidency in many areas including growth, investment, innovation, employment and inclusiveness.
The OECD-China Skills Development Programme is already an important part of this cooperation, and we are glad to make it a permanent feature of our common agenda. The Chinese officials that you sent to the OECD have found this was an excellent opportunity to better understand how to support international governance platforms like the G20.
Premier, Ministers, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Twenty years of co-operation have reinforced trust, mutual understanding and respect. Together, we can work towards keeping markets open and fair; we can address climate change while increasing economic growth and productivity; we can tackle corruption and tax evasion; and ensure that growth is inclusive and that the fruits of economic progress are shared more equitably among countries and across societies.
As the famous Chinese saying goes: “When people work with one mind, they can even move Mount Tai” (人心齐，泰山移 rén xīn qí, tài shān yí)
Together we can deliver better policies for better lives.
Premier Li: the floor is now yours.