As every year, the OECD gathers a unique blend of creative minds, decision-makers and experts from all walks of life, to find the solutions to pressing global challenges. This year we are plunging into the epicentre of economic activity and human progress: investment.
Today’s ceremony sends yet another strong message to the international community of El Salvador’s commitment to fighting international tax avoidance and evasion by increasing transparency. This builds on the first major step, taken in 2011, when El Salvador joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information.
L’OCDE a intensifié sa collaboration avec l’Amérique latine de façon significative. En dehors de nos travaux avec le Mexique et le Chili, deux de nos membres les plus actifs, la Colombie et le Costa Rica sont en processus d’accession à l’OCDE. Nous travaillons aussi dans un grand nombre de domaines avec d’autres pays de la région à travers notre Initiative pour l’Amérique latine présentée en 2009.
Trade and tourism are central to today’s global economy and must be underpinned by efficient and reliable transport systems, which are vital for the smooth functioning of global value chains. Despite the importance of the transport sector, it remains heavily regulated. Furthermore, transport policy can and should play a role in tackling climate change.
Skills drive economic growth and can boost social cohesion. With growth increasingly driven by productivity improvements, the future economic and social well-being of OECD countries will depend upon providing our young people with the right skills to succeed in the 21st century job market.
The Minister is here today to tell us more about her experience, also with regard to the broader area of social security and pensions. But the important lesson that I would like to stress before yielding her the floor is precisely the importance of standing by our members when we know that their policies point in the right direction and they need time to see the results.
For years now we have been underlining the toll that inequality takes on people’s lives. And I am proud of the contribution that the OECD has made in recent decades, putting inequality at the heart of the political and economic debate. This report proposes concrete policy solutions to promote opportunities for more inclusive growth.
In his remarks to the Business & Climate Summit, the Secretary-General said that business lies at the heart of what we need to achieve on climate action. If Governments produce clear, credible and coherent national policies and clear messages and signals, the full transformative power of business, markets and human ingenuity will be unleashed.
Speech to open the OECD’s second annual Green Investment Financing Forum – the GIFF – with Al Gore. This event, which is part of Climate Week Paris, is a key staging post on our journey to COP21 at the end of the year.
The cost to society and the economy of excessive alcohol consumption around the world is massive, especially in OECD countries. This report provides clear evidence that even expensive alcohol abuse prevention policies are cost-effective in the long run and underlines the need for urgent action by governments, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, launching the report in Paris.