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DEV Newsletter, April 2011


April 2011


OECD Development Centre Deputy Director Carlos Álvarez presented the OECD's Latin American Economic Outlook for 2011 in the Dominican Republic on 9 March.

The Latin American Economic Outlook 2011 (LEO): How middle-class is Latin America? was presented in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on 9 March 2011, at the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development.
Carlos Álvarez, Deputy Director of the OECD Development Centre, presented the main findings of the report followed by a presentation from Minister Mr. Temístocles Montás of a report on middle sectors in the Dominican Republic. High-level representatives from the public and business sectors attended the event to discuss both reports. The reports highlight the vulnerability of households in the middle sector of the income distribution, underscoring the growing focus on these sectors across the region.
Download the presentation here! (in Spanish)

LEO in Jamaica:
Senior Budget Officials in Jamaica received Hamlet Gutierrez of the Development Centre between 4-6 April 2011. Mr. Gutierrez presented the 2011 Latin American Economic Outlook at the7th Meeting of the Budgeting for Results Network in Kingston.
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ADB and OECD forecast steady growth for Asia

On 8 April, 2011 the OECD Development Centre Asia desk hosted the ADB-OECD joint seminar on “Asian Development Outlook 2011,” bringing together a large number of participants from within the OECD as well as the Southeast Asian countries. Mr. Joseph Zveglich, Assistant Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank presented the key findings of the report. The OECD Development Centre, Economics Department, Development Cooperation Directorate and IFRI (Institut Français des Relations Internationales) provided comments.

According to the report, Asia is forecast to grow by 7.8% in 2011 and 7.7% in 2012. The region faces two critical challenges: inflation pressures and capital flows. The importance of South-South links was also highlighted.

View the presentation here!
Download the full Outlook in PDF here!

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Attend the 2011 NEPAD-OECD Ministerial Conference on mobilising investment in infrastructure and agriculture in Africa, 26-27 April 2011 - Dakar, Senegal.

Hosted by the Government of Senegal, this conference is organised within the framework of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative. The goal will be to explore ways to accelerate existing reforms for the improvement of the investment climate in Africa. Participants will also identify key challenges and conditions for increased investment in Africa. Read more!

RFI Radio - 7 milliards de voisins - Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte on taxation in Africa. Click on the following links to listen to the interview (in French). Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

L'Opinion - Le HCP et l’OCDE signent une convention de partenariat. Mario Pezzini on official visit to Morocco.

Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse: Morocco becomes bureau member of OECD Development Centre.




11-15 Wikiprogress and Wikigender online exhibit at the Community Indicators Consortium Global eConference. Infomation

13 Social cohesion in Africa: Experts’ meeting in Rabat, Morocco. Click here for more information and the agenda. Contact

26-27 NEPAD-OECD Ministerial Conference on mobilising investment in infrastructure and agriculture in Africa, Dakar, Senegal. Contact

28 Presentation of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2011, in collaboration with the China Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. Contact

6Official Launch of the African Economic Outlook 2011 during the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, Lisbon, Portugal. Contact

21 Seminar: Out of the crisis: labour market recession and the threat to social cohesion in collaboration with ILO, Paris, France. Contact

21 Launch of the Perspectives on Global Development 2011, Paris, France. Contact



Education for Social Inclusion
The Director of the OECD Development Centre, Mario Pezzini, was interviewed by Vanguardia Iberoamericana on Education for Social Inclusion - Innovation is not just to create engineers, it's an entire system.
Watch it! (in Spanish)





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