Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs

Launch of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook


9 June 2016 OECD Conference Centre, Paris

What is blocking business investment and productivity growth?
A preview of what's in the Outlook by Adrian Blundell-Wignall

This event to launch to 2016 edition of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook will be opened by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, with keynote addresses by Ana Botín, Group Executive Chairman of Banco Santander, and Ignazio Visco, Governor of Banca d’Italia. Using analysis from a wide range of perspectives, the report:

  • addresses past over-investment in certain sectors, the reversal of the commodity "supercycle" and the implications of low interest rates for corporate and institutional investors.
  • provides a new look at large observed differences in productivity performance across firms and at the profitability of clean energy projects.
  • looks at different aspects of the business environment, including fiscal incentives for R&D and innovation, foreign bribery regimes and investment treaties.
  • analyses life expectancy around retirement age across different socio-economic groups and its implications for both social justice and the sustainability of pension systems.


The financial markets outlook

Corporate finance and productivity

Fiscal incentives for R&D and innovation in a diverse world

Changing business models of stock exchanges and stock market fragmentation

Fragmentation in clean energy investment and financing

Fragmentation of retirement markets due to differences in life expectancy

Is foreign bribery an attractive investment in some countries?

The impact of investment treaties on companies, shareholders and creditors





The launch will be immediately followed by a high-level roundtable to debate the issues raised in the Outlook. Download the agenda.


Manuel Aguilera-Verduzco, Chief Economist, MAPFRE

Ana Botín, Group Executive Chairman, Banco Santander

Adrian Blundell-Wignall, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Financial Markets; Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Phyllis Borzi, US Assistant Secretary of Labor

Claudio Dicembrino, Chief Economist, Enel Group

Luca Garavoglia, Chairman, Company Davide Campari

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General,OECD

Philip Lowe, FTI Consulting

Mark Pieth, Professor of Criminal Law, Chairman of the Board, Basel Institute on Governance, Faculty of Law, University of Basel

Felix Steffek, University Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, Senior Member, Newnham College

Giada Vercelli, Euromoney (Moderator)

Ignazio Visco, Governor, Banca d’Italia


REGISTRATION - Please complete the registration form if you wish to attend this event.


MEDIA - This event is open to the media. Requests for accreditation should be addressed to


WEBCAST - The live webcast starts at 9.30am (CET) on 9 June 2016


VENUE - OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue André-Pascal, 75016 Paris, France


The 2015 OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2015 looked at the way in which companies, banks, institutional investors and shadow banking intermediaries have been operating in the low growth and low interest rate environment and the build-up of risks in the financial ‌‌system. The "promises" of growth, employment, and retirement income are seen to be at risk in the absence of policy actions.

2015 launch and high-level roundtable


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