It is an honour to welcome you to the third annual OECD Eurasia Week. Your participation, here, among so many high-level delegations, is testimony to the growing co-operation between the OECD and Eurasia countries. The enthusiasm we witness today affirms the OECD’s role as a ‘global policy network’, engaging with members and non-members, on topics that matter for sustainable economic development.
It is a great pleasure for me to be with you this morning, alongside two Champion Mayors of inclusive growth: Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, also the founding mayor of this initiative, and Mr Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar. I would particularly like to thank Madame Hidalgo for hosting us today at the prestigious building of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
Last month marked the eighteenth anniversary of the OECD's permanent observership of the UN General Assembly. Turning 18 is always a special milestone. For us, this coming of age coincides with a strengthening of the relationship between the OECD and the UN family which we are all proud of.
This event marks a great opportunity for the OECD and our Member countries to forge an operational partnership with the innovators and drivers of economic success – business. By joining forces we can disseminate the results of our research across new fora and redouble our common efforts to put policies to promote inclusive growth into action. But this discussion also marks a fantastic opportunity for business!
Allocution de clôture de la conférence inaugurale de la Semaine de l’éducation à Paris.
There is no innovation silver bullet; we need to draw on a broad arsenal of policies to unleash the transformative powers of innovation. But if we get it right, we can make innovation a driver of inclusive and sustainable growth and we can make it a driver of better lives in the Americas.
Faced with a complicated international setting, the Mexican economy has shown that it has solid foundations. However, we must continue our efforts to ensure that growth is inclusive and that its fruits are distributed fairly. This will be the great challenge that you, as future economists, will have to cope with.
The interaction between San Diego and Tijuana is an example of the enormous potential of cross-border regions for promoting productivity, innovation, employment and inclusion. Let us press further in our quest for shared prosperity. The world needs successful examples of integration that will put an end to fear and prejudice. Borders should be channels of communication and not of exclusion.
I am delighted to be back in Vienna today to meet with Federal Chancellor Kern and other distinguished members of the Austrian government. We have reaffirmed the deep friendship between the OECD and Austria, and expressed our commitment to work together in this tough economic climate for the benefit of all Austrians.
It is a pleasure to be here with you today to present the fruits of close co-operation between 50 international organisations. The continuous enthusiasm and joint efforts that have gone into the three years that led to the preparation of this report show we all continuously strive for excellence, reflecting together on how to be ever more relevant, effective and transparent.