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OECD Development Centre Newsletter, December 2010


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OECD recommendations on Latin America take spotlight at Estoril Summit

2010 will be critical for Latin America, according to the latest Latin American Economic Outlook presented by OECD Secretary-General Gurría at the XIX Ibero-American Summit. This year’s report concludes that the region is showing signs of recovery and stabilisation underpinned by the stronger policy frameworks developed during the past decade; but it also underlines the important challenges that lie ahead.

Watch Jeff Dayton-johnson, head of the Americas Unit, OECD Development Centre, on the Latin American outlook for 2010

With a focus on international migration and remittances, the Latin American Economic Outlook 2010 encourages governments to gear their recovery plans to strengthen poverty reduction programmes and address long-term development priorities.

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The Dominican Republic joins the Development Centre
The OECD Development Centre welcomed on Wednesday 3 November the Dominican Republic as its 39th member country. Speaking at OECD headquarters on this occasion, President Leonel Fernández said “Joining the Development Centre is going to be of crucial help in defining the policies for our national development.” The first Caribbean member, the Dominican Republic is already playing an active role in the Centre's work byhelping to set up a network of fiscal policy experts.


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Watch President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, explaining why his country joined the Centre.
Africa: Taxing its way out of aid dependence?
The OECD Development Centre, the African Development Bank and the UN Economic Commission for Africa gathered experts in Paris to discuss public resource mobilisation and its role in reducing Africa’s dependence on external flows, including aid. Academics, development practitioners and technical experts from Africa and OECD used the December 14th meeting to debate the extent and sustainability of taxation’s contribution to Africa’s development. The discussions will provide inputs to the 2010 African Economic Outlook, which will be launched in May in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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Recent Development Centre publications

Latin American Economic Outlook 2010

Trade and financial resilience, rather than exposure, will allow countries to emerge from the crisis stronger. The OECD Latin American Economic Outlook 2010 provides a fresh analysis of economic trends in the region with a particular focus on the role that international migration and remittances play in fostering development.You can read more about it here.

Latin America in 2010: Migration policies for development

The year 2010 will be critical for Latin America. While the region shows signs of recovering from the global economic crisis, many countries still face important challenges, including scarce investment, low productivity, dependence on volatile commodity prices and slowing migrant remittances, to name just a few. Latin American governments should aim to make effective short-term responses to the crisis consistent with sustainable long-term development priorities of promoting growth while combating poverty and reducing inequality. Read the paper.

Forthcoming Events



2nd International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean, co-organised by the Development Centre together with the Inter-American Development Bank and the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment.
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Seminar “Challenges in Cooperation and Communication for Development in Southeast Asia” - in cooperation with partner institutions in the region
Hanoi, Vietnam. contact.

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