03/04/2008 - The OECD’s latest economic survey of Germany, to be published on Wednesday 9 April 2008, shows how recent reforms have raised potential growth. It argues that further action is needed to improve productivity in certain industries and to raise general educational attainment.
The survey will be available to journalists in English and German on the OECD's password-protected website at 12.30 Paris time (10.30 GMT) for immediate release.
The report will be handed over to Michael Glos, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, at 11.45 at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Scharnhorststraße 24, 10115 Berlin. There will be a photo opportunity for this event. For further information you are invited to contact the Press Office of the Ministry (tel: +49 (0)30 18 615 6121).
A news briefing on the survey, presented by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General will be held at 12.30 at the Haus der Bundespressekonferenz, Schiffbauerdamm 40, 10117 Berlin. The briefing is open to members of the Bundespressekonferenz or the Foreign Press Association (VAP). Other journalists who would like to attend should contact the Bundespressekonferenz by fax at 0049/30/22079922 or Bundespressekonferenz. For further details, journalists should contact Matthias Rumpf at the OECD’s Berlin Centre (tel: +49-(0)30-28883541).
A Policy Brief with the main conclusions will be freely accessible in pdf format (in English, French and German) on the OECD’s web site at www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/germany. You are invited to include this internet link in reports on the survey.
Among the questions investigated by the survey are:
How can high economic growth be made more enduring?
What can be done to improve the fiscal framework?
Can growth be made more labour intensive?
How can education outcomes be improved?
Which reforms in network industries would help to increase competition?
What can be done to make healthcare more cost-efficient?
Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the publication, by e-mail and under embargo, four hours ahead of release time. For journalists in Asia/Pacific time zones such advance access is allowed 12 hours ahead of release time.
The study will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the survey under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the survey by e-mail under embargo or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent by e-mail to the OECD’s media division.