In his closing remarks to the first day of the OECD Global Forum on Competition, the OECD Secretary-General underlined the importance of tackling the topic of competition and poverty.
By removing barriers to entry in protected sectors and guaranteeing a level playing field for entrepreneurs, pro-competition reforms can unlock opportunities for investment and for the creation of jobs, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
Vigorous competition stimulates productivity and the innovation that is vital for fostering new sources of growth and competitiveness. It prevents market capture by incumbents or large firms. Competitive markets create new employment opportunities, and increase the access of consumers to cheaper and better quality products. Fair competition is one of the oldest pillars of economic progress, according to OECD Secretary-General.
Bid rigging costs governments and taxpayers billions of dollars every year. In 2011, the OECD will for the first time directly assist a member country, Mexico, as it implements tighter public procurement processes.
In his remarks to "Making Reform Happen", Angel Gurría said that "well-designed and well-implemented reforms yield a triple dividend. They lift output and employment; they strengthen public budgets and they rebalance global demand."
M. Gurría, Secrétaire général de l’OCDE estime qu'il est essentiel, pour la France, d’assainir ses finances publiques. "C’est une condition sine qua non pour assurer la stabilité macro-économique et éviter un emballement de la dette publique", a-t-il déclaré.
Remarks by Pier Carlo Padoan at the release of the 2010 edition Of Going For Growth on March 10, 2010
Opening the 9th Global Forum on Competition, Mr. Gurría talks about the concerted global effort needed to promote competitive markets which will support the recovery from the crisis.
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