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DEV Centre Newsletter - July / August 2012


July - August 2012


SIGI travels to UN Women


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The 2012 edition of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) continues to draw wide recognition among leading actors on gender issues. Most recently, Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women welcomed Carlos Alvarez, Deputy Director, and Somali Cerise from the OECD Development Centre at UN Women Headquarters to discuss the latest findings of the SIGI.

Although women's rights are improving in a number of countries, the SIGI points out that countries with higher levels of discrimination against women are performing more poorly on a range of development indicators, including employment, female labour force participation, secondary school enrolment for girls and child and maternal mortality rates. Ms Bachelet recognised that the SIGI Index is an "invaluable tool which allows us to better understand the critical areas, geographically, politically and culturally where more work needs to be done to eliminate discrimination against women", in order to sustain and deepen women's equal participation efforts, which are fundamental for democracy and justice.

The Development Centre participates in the EU-Latin America Policy Summit


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The Centre contributes to better understanding of EU-Latin American ties at the EU-Latin America Policy Summit on "Turning Investment into Opportunity" in Brussels, Belgium. Christian Daude, head of the America's desk at the OECD Development Centre was one of the panelists at the "Opportunities in Tomorrow's Resource-Scarce World" session.

Despite the economic crisis, Europe is increasing its investment in Latin America through its financial institutions and via private capital, reflecting a desire to tap into the region's sustained high growth levels. Latin American countries see Europe's crisis as an opportunity to deepen trade and seek inclusion in the global political process. Participants acknowledged that an inclusive political dialogue is needed to better accommodate Latin America's interest in playing a more important role in global affairs.

Moreover, as Latin America's economies boom, foreign direct investment (FDI) is flowing into the region at an unprecedented pace. With EUR 385bn. invested across the continent, Europe is the second most important source of FDI in Latin America. A major topic of discussion was how reputable SMEs in strategic production industries across Europe and Latin America could better contribute to growth strategies in the 21st century.

Launch of the latest Development Centre Study on Industrial Policy and Territorial Development

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The Development Centre convenes policy makers to discuss the role of territory in national development strategies. The report "Industrial Policy and Territorial Development: lessons from Korea" was released on 19 June in a meeting hosted by Director Mario Pezzini and chaired by the Korean Ambassador to the OECD Kyung Wook Hur.

40 participants from OECD and non-OECD member countries came together to discuss "Regional development in emerging and developing economies: challenges and policy options", including high-level representatives from Indonesia, Korea, Morocco, Poland, Vietnam and the EU. Participants highlighted the fact that industrialisation and technological catching-up are key ingredients for development, but there is no guarantee that benefits will be equally distributed across regions and society. The subject is a common concern for OECD and non-OECD economies and participants agreed that there is no unique response, although there are good policy principles and lessons to be learned from each other. The report describes the process of integrating the territorial perspective into the Korean development strategy and identifies lessons for developing economies.

Social Cohesion Policies in Vietnam

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The OECD Development Centre explores the relevance of social cohesion as a framework for analysing development and social policies with Vietnamese officials, and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Vice-Minister Nguyen Trong Dam, Ministry of Invalids, Labour and Social Affairs (MoLISA), welcomed over 70 participants from Vietnamese ministries and agencies, academia, international organisations and donors in Hanoi, 30 May 2012. Participants recognised that the concept of social cohesion encompasses a number of issues of great relevance for Vietnam's development and that its use in policy analysis is innovative and appropriate. The specificities of Vietnam that were highlighted within this context include: the integration of ethnic minorities in mountainous areas where poverty is highly concentrated, the importance of handicap issues, and also institutional particularities linked to the transition to a market economy and the still-large state-owned enterprise sector.

The Megaphone
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African Economic Outlook 2012 discussed by policy makers in Africa and beyond

The African Economic Outlook 2012 whose special theme is "Youth Employment", is sparking dialogue around a subject at the heart of development challenges in Africa and beyond. Findings were debated at the UK Parliament in June, in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (listen to the interventions here). North African thought leaders and policy makers will weigh in on 16 July at a regional high-level conference in Tunis, Tunisia (see the conference website). Stay tuned for further dates.


Joining the 5th multinational CEO Roundtable in Beijing

The Development Centre co-organised a session of the 5th Multinational Companies Leaders Roundtables (23-24 June) in Beijing, with participation of CEOs of major MNCs active in China as well business and political Chinese leaders. Mr. Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, opened the ceremony of the Roundtable. Assistant Minister of Commerce Yu Jianhua initiated the Development Centre session that focused on the development of Western China and the emergence of strategic, green and innovative industries.

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Sharing knowledge with Chinese partners

Building on the Centre's exchanges with Chinese partners, Mario Pezzini, Director, and Margit Molnar, Head of Competitiveness and Structural Analysis, shared the results of recent original research with officials at the Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. Vice Minister Liu Shijin, Director Wang Wei and researchers of DRC showed great interest in the results.

The Wire

Financial Times: - Africa's future - jobs and taxes


The East African: - Report urges African governments to leave job creation to the private sector.


Jeune Afrique - Emploi : pas facile d'être jeune en Afrique.


Diaro de Noticias: - Estimular emprego para jovens é "enorme desafio".

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11 Launch of the Development Centre Study on achieving the Millennium Development Goals during the DAC Development Debate. For more information, contact

12-13 2nd Meeting of the Latin America and the Caribbean "Tax Policy Forum best practices in the use of tax incentives for Investment and Informality" with the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTP). For more information, contact

12 Presentation of the Perspectives on Global Development 2012 in Madrid, Spain co-organised with the FIIAPP – Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas. For more information, contact

16 Regional Conference on "Promoting Youth Employment in North Africa" held under the high patronage of the Prime Minister of Tunisia and jointly organised by the AfDB and the OECD Development Centre, for 16 July 2012 in Tunis. For more information contact


2 Official launch meeting of "Global Network of Foundations". For more information, contact

3 International Economic Forum on Africa. For more information, contact


Look for the first issue of the new OECD Development publication series entitled 'Making Development Happen' on "Attracting High-Level Foreign Direct Investment in Costa Rica". For more information, contact

  The Tube

Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte, OECD economist, participated in the live webinar organized by the McKinsey Global Institute on 26 June 2012 entitled "Jobs for the Young and Restless" regarding youth unemployment and global labor markets.
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Tunisia has the highest level of Internet access in Africa at 34%, compared to a continent-wide average of 9.6%. A thirteenth cyberpark, devoted to information and communication technologies (ICT) has come into service in Médenine.


Tunisia is among the most advanced countries in Africa in terms of gender equality. The country has been able to provide real protection for women's rights, and give equal access to education and health care.


Korea transformed its domestic economy from one based on agriculture into that of a leading world industrial power, with constant increases in income per capita for its citizens in just a few decades


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