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OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría opens the 12th International Economic Forum on Africa, “Promoting Youth Employment: Making the Most of Africa’s Human Resources & Natural Wealth” focused on how Africa can best apply its human and natural resources to drive sustainable and inclusive development.
Leaders met in Busan and agreed to form the Global Partnership for Development Co-operation to strengthen trust, accountability and knowledge-sharing in development co-operation. Angel Gurría offered some thoughts on each of these objectives.
While China's recent growth trajectory certainly has been notable, the country still faces a number of challenges to build a more inclusive economy as it attains higher levels of prosperity for its citizens, said OECD Secretary-General.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the OECD Development Centre, Angel Gurria said that inequality, climate change and conflict make development a shared global objective with implications for both rich and poor countries.
Building more effective public sector institutions is an essential component of aid effectiveness. If we work together and take into consideration the realities of developing countries, we will build a more prosperous and equitable world, said A. Gurría.
Never before has there been such an inclusive and fully engaged process behind international development, said M. Gurría. The outcome document endorsed in Busan is important, but even more important is the buy-in it represents, he added.
The economic crisis has meant global poverty is on the rise again. The Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan is an opportunity to ensure that development cooperation can make a difference in tackling hunger and improving people’s lives, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said.
We have made significant progress promoting development but the levels of world poverty are still unacceptably high. What have we done right? Where have we failed? Where are we moving to in development cooperation? This report addresses these and many other crucial questions.
This report shows how aid for trade is becoming a growing priority for an increasing number of developing countries and donors; And how aid for trade is being connected to the broader development agenda, with strategies and priorities increasingly focusing on competitiveness and trade-led economic growth, said OECD Secretary-General.
"Fifteen years of co-operation between the OECD and Korea are only a start of what I believe will be a long and mutually beneficial journey.", said Mr Gurría at the OECD-Korea celebration event.