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Development Centre Newsletter - November/December 2015


Releasing new analyses

 The Economic Outlook  for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016 was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 20 November. The Outlook addresses various dimensions of “enhancing regional ties,” a timely topic as ASEAN assesses integration’s progress and develops the post-2015 regional integration agenda towards the ASEAN Economic Community.

The growth outlook of Emerging Asia shows mild moderation. Slowing growth in China, US monetary normalisation and slow productivity growth following the global financial crisis pose risks. Overcoming these challenges requires continued structural reform, increased integration through better harmonisation of regional, sub-regional and national planning. Improved monitoring of progress in implementing regional plans, and co-operation in areas such as green growth/renewable energy issues and private sector development.

 The Latin American  Economic Outlook 2016 was launched at the Ibero-American Summit of Foreign Affairs Ministers held in Cartagena (Colombia), on 11 December. The report explores the evolving ties between Latin America and China. During the past decade, China has become one of the region’s most important trading partners, but this relationship is taking on new dimensions. Latin America has much to gain from China’s ongoing transformation. Trade, finance and skills, will be key ingredients in a strengthened partnership with China.

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The OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development held its 5th Plenary Meeting on 2-4 December at the OECD in Paris. The event brought together 21 government delegations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as representatives from 10 partner organisations, 10 major firms and industry associations and 21 civil society organisations and think tanks. The meeting was marked by the endorsement of the Operational Framework on Public-Private Collaboration for Optimising Shared Value Creation from Extractive Projects, the Typology of Corruption Risks in Extractives and the Comparative Analysis on the Performance of Stabilisation Funds and Investment Options. There was strong support to: (i)  pilot the Framework at country/ regional level in collaboration with Partner Organisations; (ii) use the Typology as a benchmark tool for self-assessment for both the public and the private sector; and (iii) undertake a collaborative initiative between the OECD and the G7 CONNEX, taking the form of a Negotiation Support Forum to improve the quality of the advice and enhance co-ordination and co-operation among support service providers with a view to achieving better deals in extractives.

Representatives from 14 countries, including China, the United States and the Philippines met in Santiago, Chile for the 5th Plenary Meeting of the OECD Initiative for Policy Dialogue on Global Value Chains, Production Transformation and Development. The meeting was hosted by Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in co-operation with ECLAC, UNCTAD, the World Bank and the WTO.

The discussion highlighted the fact that regional value chains in Latin America offer opportunities that have yet to be fully tapped. Building stronger ties in the region could help overcome the current slowdown and promote diversification. Chile’s production transformation policy was mentioned as an example of a diversification strategy in a resource-rich country. Anticipating change and identifying new areas in which Chile could lead through innovation are two major challenges ahead for the country. The private sector has a role to play in making participation in value chains inclusive and sustainable.

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Strengthening ties with China

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The Development Centre’s Emerging Markets Network (EMnet) and the China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations partnered for the fifth consecutive year for a timely discussion in Beijing, this time on “Doing Green Business in an Evolving Economic Landscape.” The meeting came after China joined the Development Centre this summer and right before COP21 on climate change. Top executives from state-owned and private companies highlighted opportunities and challenges for China’s transition to a low-carbon economy, including investments in renewable energy infrastructure, green technologies and resource efficiency.

China’s membership in the Centre has opened new opportunities for co-operation. The Development Research Centre of the State Council (DRC) invited the Centre to launch the SiLKS, the network of Think Tanks of the Silk Road, during the Silk Road Forum (28-29 October 2015, Madrid). The Centre joined founding members to set up the network and embark on discussions on its constitution. The purpose of the SiLKS is to facilitate exchanges and foster mutual understanding and joint research on development opportunities within and across countries and regions along the Silk Road.

November / December


• Releasing new analyses

• Dialoguing towards action

• Strengthening ties with China

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