It is my great honour and pleasure to welcome Chancellor Merkel to the OECD to discuss Germany’s challenges and its role in the world economy, said OECD Secretary-General.
After five years of work at every level to correct the fiscal, financial and external imbalances that led to the crisis, and to reinforce fiscal and financial institutions, the Euro Area is beginning to show signs of recovery. But, despite these positive signs, growth is still weak and uneven.
Finland has been hit hard by the global crisis, mainly through a sharp fall in exports, and the recovery is still hesitant. Bold action is needed to find new sources of growth, regain competitiveness, ensure sound public finances, and preserve the Finnish welfare model, Mr Gurría said.
We need to fight distortions to competition that can arise from tax avoidance, just like we do from other forms of government intervention, such as regulation, said OECD Secretary-General.
Like many of our Member States, Ireland has undoubtedly faced very serious challenges in recent years. The toll of the crisis has been heavy on the Irish economy. But in the past four years, with steady leadership, rigorous policies and remarkable efforts by the Irish people, Ireland has turned the situation around.
We need to revisit models and theories to question conventional wisdoms and “established truths”, to define more effective policy options for governments to achieve the ultimate goal to improve the well-being of their citizens, said M. Gurria.
Global corruption is one of the greatest challenges of our era: it distorts markets, weakens our governments, raises the costs of doing business, promotes inequalities and erodes our sustainable development efforts, said OECD Secretary-General at Chatham House.
El Acuerdo Marco de Cooperación entre el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos y la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) es producto y reflejo de un compromiso compartido: la construcción de un México exitoso e incluyent, según el Secretario General de la OCDE.
The Southeast Asia Regional Programme will help to enhance and broaden the OECD’s knowledge of the region; foster the exchange of good practices and mutual learning between policy makers in Southeast Asia and OECD countries, said Angel Gurría.
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