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Israel has an impressive high-tech sector, low inflation and has weathered the downturn well but faces profound fiscal and socio-economic challenges.
Israel’s economy has shown resilience during the global recession, but more active education and employment policies – particularly targeted at minority groups – are needed to bolster its economic performance and bridge deep divisions within its society, according to the OECD.
Recovery from the downturn is underway in Israel, helped by a broadly appropriate policy response. However, economic challenges remain for fiscal policy, education, employment levels, poverty reduction and the business environment.
Israel has weathered the recent recession very well and the policy responses have been appropriate. Nevertheless, long-term fiscal sustainability needs to be reinforced by bringing down public debt and the fruits of economic growth should be better redistributed to low-income households, said the OECD Secretary-General during his presentation of the report to the Prime Minister Netanyahu.
OECD to publish Review of Israel’s Labour Market and Social Policies and its first ever Economic Survey of Israel on Wednesday 20 January
The comparatively large magnitude of the losses of the two largest banks of Switzerland in relation to capital has underscored the systemic risks to the economy posed by the institutions’ size relative to Swiss GDP and their extensive cross-border and cross-currency activities.
The Swiss National Bank took decisive action to support financial market stability and dampen the recession. In the current situation, the main challenge facing the SNB concerns the exit strategy.
The Swiss education system performs well in many important dimensions. Remaining challenges include raising education outcomes of children with modest socio-economic background. Removing barriers to higher tertiary attainment could also help raise productivity.
Renting accommodation in Switzerland is considerably more expensive than in other high income OECD countries.
In vista de sus fuertes vínculos comerciales, de inversión, de migración y financieros con el resto del mundo, América Latina no se ha escapado de la crisis global y se espera una contracción del PIB de la región de entre 1.5% y 2% en 2009, segun el Secretario general de la OCDE.