Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, was in Beijing from 21 to 24 March 2014 to deliver a speech at the China Development Forum and to hold meetings with several Chinese officials.
Whenever an American or European wins an Olympic gold medal, we cheer them as heroes. When a Chinese does, the first reflex seems to be that they must have been doping; or if that’s taking it too far, that it must have been the result of inhumane training.
China is well-placed to avoid the so-called "middle-income trap" and to continue to converge towards the more advanced economies, even though growth is likely to slow from near double-digit rates in the first decade of this millennium to around 7% at the 2020 horizon.
This workshop, organised jointly by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture (ATPC) of China and the OECD, will discuss the key policy issue of how to ensure that productivity growth in agriculture globally and, in particular, in China is sufficient to meet growing demand and that it is done sustainably.
Urbanisation in China has long been held back by various restrictions on land and internal migration but has taken off since the 1990s, as these impediments started to be gradually relaxed. People have moved in large numbers to richer cities, where productivity is higher and has increased further thanks to agglomeration effects.
The economic outlook for Emerging Asia (Southeast Asia, China and India) remains robust over the medium term, anchored by the steady rise in domestic demand, according to a new report from the OECD Development Centre.
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This report presents an update of OECD policy advice in areas that are critical to China’s long-term economic performance and social development. They include food security, social safety nets, health reform, green growth, climate change and urbanisation.
A moderate recovery is underway in the major advanced economies, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Growth is proceeding at encouraging rates in North America, Japan and the UK. The euro area as a whole is out of recession, although output remains weak in a number of countries.
OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.
The OECD Secretary-General, alongside FAO Director General, was in Beijing on 5th and 6th June 2013 to present the “OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2013-2022”, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 World Agriculture Outlook Conference, held for the first time in China. Mr. Gurría also attended the 4th Global Forum of Leaders for Agriculture Science and Technology.