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|19/02/2009 Governments must resist protectionism and keep markets open to competition as they seek ways to get their economies going again, according to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
“We must ensure that today’s policies to manage the crisis will not be the source of tomorrow’s problems,” Mr. Gurría said in his opening address at the OECD Global Forum on Competition in Paris. “Robust competition policy is essential to prevent long-run harm when economic conditions stabilise.” (Read Mr. Gurria's speech)
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The issues surrounding competition policy form an important part of the OECD’s Strategic Response to the financial and economic crisis, which is helping governments to strengthen the framework in which markets operate and adopt policies to restore sustainable long-term growth.
The challenges of safeguarding competition in the context of industrial policies and national champions is one of the issues being discussed at the OECD Global Forum on Competition, taking place in Paris on
Officials from nearly 80 countries are also debating the impact of the informal economy on competition, and the role competition policy in times of economic crisis.
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