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Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) are pools of assets owned and managed directly or indirectly by governments to achieve national objectives. These funds have raised concerns about financial stability, corporate governance and political interference and protectionism.This presentation by Adrian Blundell-Wignall, Yu-Wei Hu, and Juan Yermo was prepared for the Global Pension Summit which took place on 28-29 February 2008 at the Suzou Garden
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The purpose of this User's Guide is to contribute to a better understanding of the principles and procedures of the OECD Codes. It also provides detailed explanations of the coverage of the Codes and may therefore serve as a manual for Code users. First published in 2003, the 2008 version has been adjusted to take recent developments into account, specifically, revised insurance and private pensions provisions of the Code of
Discussions at the Tokyo Roundtable focused on the implications of the current financial market turmoil, enhancing regulatory framework, bond markets, equity markets, roles of capital market in infrastructure financing and corporate governance and capital market developments
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Virtually all governments are keen to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). It can generate new jobs, bring in new technologies and, more generally, promote growth and employment. The resulting net increase in domestic income is shared with government through taxation of wages and profits of foreign-owned companies, and possibly other taxes on business (e.g. property tax). FDI may also positively affect domestic income through
OECD countries have agreed on further liberalisation commitments in the areas of insurance and private pensions. The OECD Code of Liberalisation of Current Invisible Operations has been amended to broaden the insurance obligations of the Code and introduce new obligations on private pensions, thereby establishing a new, high standard for cross-border trade in insurance and private pensions services.
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This report on the Seventh Examination of Members’ Reservations to the Insurance and Private Pensions Provisions of the Code of Liberalisation of Current Invisible Operations was approved by the OECD Council on 19 February 2008. The main results and conclusions relating to the seventh examination process are given in a Note by the Secretary-General. The full set of findings is presented in the accompanying report.
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The Steering Group on Corporate Governance agreed on a common position based on the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance about the issue of whether there should be proportionality between ownership and control (also known as one-share-one-vote) in listed companies
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Following its earlier consideration of hedge funds and private equity, the Steering Group on Corporate Governance considered policy issues from the perspective of the Principles of Corporate Governance and agreed to release its findings.
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As part of its work on hedge funds and private equity, the Steering Group on Corporate Governance agreed to compile a list of private sector initiatives aimed at addressing policy issues and to update it regularly.
This publication assesses to what extent governments in the region have leveraged their assets with effective policies to attract investment and stimulate growth.