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15-August-2008

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Joint Statement by the South African Minister of Finance, Trevor A. Manuel, and the OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, regarding Enhanced Engagement between South Africa and the OECD

The world is rapidly transforming and a number of dynamic emerging economies,including South Africa, have become major players and trading partners with the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). In this context, the OECD Members have recognised the need for theOrganisation to become more open and relevant in order to realise its strategicgoal of becoming an important hub for dialogue on globally

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12-August-2008

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Tax reform for efficiency and fairness in Canada

In a context of fiscal surpluses,the Canadian government has been: markedly reducing corporate income and capital taxes; providing more personal tax relief especially at lower incomes and above all for saving; and cutting the federal value added tax (GST).

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8-August-2008

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Reaping the Benefits of Stronger Competition in Network Industries in Germany

This working paper suggests that establishing stronger vertical separation between network access provision and potentially competitive services will be the main challenge for Germany going forward.

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3-August-2008

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The Political Economy of Reform: Implementing Policies for Change

In his remarks delivered at the APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting, Mr. Gurría explained that designing structural reform has been at the core of the OECD’s mission since its inception, to promote a better functioning of the global economy and raise living standards in member and partner countries. Now the OECD has gone one step further, trying to figure out how reform can be successfully implemented.

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21-July-2008

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Euro adoption by Slovakia: The challenges ahead

An EDRC seminar took place on 9 July 2008, focussing on the implications of euro adoption for inflation and interest rates in the Slovak Republic, based on the experience of existing euro area countries.

21-July-2008

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The euro changeover in the Slovak Republic: Implications for inflation and interest rates

An EDRC seminar took place on 9 July 2008, focussing on the implications of euro adoption for inflation and interest rates in the Slovak Republic, based on the experience of existing euro area countries.

15-July-2008

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Economic Assessment of South Africa 2008

Combining continued sound macroeconomic policies with competition-enhancing structural policies is the best option for realising South Africa’s employment potential and addressing social ambitions in the context of robust economic growth.

14-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Brazil 2009: Making government operations more cost-effective

Despite considerable progress in many areas, there remains substantial scope for making government operations more cost-effective. Brazil spends a high share of GDP on selected government financed programmes in relation to many OECD countries and its emerging-market peers, but outcome indicators are often comparatively poor. As a result, in the absence of efficiency gains, further increases in spending would need to be financed

14-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Brazil 2009: Looking beyond the global financial and economic crisis towards sustained growth

Brazil’s economic fundamentals have improved considerably in the ten years following the abandonment of exchange rate management in 1999 and adoption of a policy framework combining inflation targeting, rules based fiscal management and a flexible exchange rate. The economy is therefore weathering the effects of the unfolding global financial and economic crisis rather well, and an incipient recovery is getting under way. The policy

14-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Brazil 2009: Reaping the benefits of macroeconomic consolidation

Despite the current problems related to the global financial and economic crisis, ongoing macroeconomic adjustment continues to bear fruit. Attainment of the primary budget surplus targets has delivered falling public debt-to-GDP ratios since 2003. Prudent debt management has reduced refinancing risk and external vulnerabilities. The forward looking conduct of monetary policy within a framework combining inflation targeting with a

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