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Multi-dimensional Country Reviews - Countries undertaking review










Pioneered in Myanmar, the Philippines and Uruguay, MDCRs are being incorporated in some OECD country programmes and several countries are about to start the review process. 

Peru has experienced significant improvements in growth, well-being and poverty reduction since the introduction of macroeconomic reforms, economic openness and more effective social programmes in the 1990s. However, the country still faces structural challenges to escape the middle-income trap and consolidate its emerging middle class. This report reviews the main bottlenecks to boost inclusive development and well-being in Peru. These include education and skills, the labour market, innovation, transport infrastructure and logistics, governance and trust in institutions. These dimensions have considerable implications for levels of productivity, inequalities and labour informality in Peru.


Executive Summary

Chapter 1. Setting the scene: Towards greater well-being and stronger development in Peru
Chapter 2. Social inclusion and sustainable development in Peru
Chapter 3. Competitiveness and economic diversification in Peru
Chapter 4. Macroeconomic policies for inclusive development
Chapter 5. Governance and effective state capacities in Peru


Press release 07/10/2015 OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría presents new Multi-Dimensional Country Review to Peruvian President Ollanta Humala / en español

Estudio multidimensional del Perú Volumen 1: Evaluación inicial Mensajes principales (PDF)

multi-dimensional review of Uruguay

Uruguay has made remarkable progress over the past decade. Stable macroeconomic policies and a favourable external environment have permitted brisk growth and the financing of social policies. Substantial improvements in several dimensions of human well-being have occurred during this period, alongside considerable reductions in external risks. The conditions ahead, however, may present challenges to maintaining performance. Overcoming these challenges will require finding the appropriate balance between long run objectives and macroeconomic and fiscal stability.

One of the main obstacles to economic growth is the insufficient and inadequate provision of human capital and skills. A number of challenges remain for education, which, together with fiscal policy, are key means of reducing inequalities and sustaining economic growth. In addition, Uruguay needs to address labour shortages to avoid constraints on future growth, especially as exports become more skills-intensive. It is important to orient social policies and expenditures towards the most vulnerable groups.


Executive Summary

Facts and figures of Uruguay

Chapter 1. How’s life in Uruguay? Historical performance and an assessment of well-being outcomes
Chapter 2. Structural trends and economic performance in Uruguay
Chapter 3. Inequalities in Uruguay
Chapter 4. Macroeconomic policies for sustaining growth and social inclusion in Uruguay

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MDCR - Myanmar cover

Myanmar’s success in achieving stable and sustainable growth will depend vitally on its ability to develop the institutional and social capital necessary to maintain macroeconomic and financial stability, to ensure the rule of law, to achieve environmentally sustainable development and to create an enabling environment for the private sector. To be sustainable, growth also needs to be more equitable and inclusive. Seizing the momentum created by the country’s opening and internal peace process will be imperative.

Moreover, Myanmar’s increasing population provides a demographic dividend which needs to be reaped in the next couple of decades to boost the potential of the economy. After that, the population will begin ageing and Myanmar risks getting old before the incomes and living standards of its people can significantly improve.


Executive Summary

Facts and Figures

Chapter 1. Myanmar at a crossroad

Chapter 2. Achieving stable and sustainable development

Chapter 3. For more inclusive growth and equitable opportunities

The way ahead for Myanmar

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 MDCR Myanmar Volume 2

Building on an initial assessment of constraints to development in Myanmar (Volume 1), this second volume provides analysis and policy recommendations in three key areas: structural transformation, education and skills, and financing development.

It finds that Myanmar faces a crucial few years to shape growth towards a higher, more sustainable and equitable trajectory. To succeed, it will require a transformation of the economy from an agrarian base reliant on small-scale agriculture at present towards a broad range of modern activities. Building up the right skills in the workforce will be essential to support this structural transformation.

Myanmar’s transformation will also depend upon how effectively the country can mobilise and allocate the financial resources needed to support its development, which could amount to as much as an additional 5-10% of GDP on average over the next two decades.

Executive summary

Chapter 1. Assessment and recommendations

Chapter 2. Structural transformation towards a modern economy: Upgrading agriculture, manufacturing and services

Chapter 3. Filling the skills gap in Myanmar

Chapter 4. Providing the financial resources to support development

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Pocket Edition: English version / Burmese version

Cote d’Ivoire (forthcoming)

In 2013 Cote d’Ivoire’s economy expanded by an impressive 8.8% boosted by major public works and private investment as the country recovered from a post-election crisis. Serious structural reforms are however needed to make this growth inclusive and long-lasting. Creating jobs for the country’s large young population is a key challenge for policy makers as well as building a workforce that corresponds better with the needs of businesses. Less rigid customs procedures, a simpler taxation system, a better business climate and improved infrastructure would be beneficial for growth as they would enhance the country’s national competitiveness. Cote d’Ivoire has a wealth of natural resources which represent key opportunities for growth in many dimensions particularly through the development of global value chains.”







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