Speeches / Presentations


  • 25-October-2016

    English

    Growing stronger together in Seoul

    Since entering the OECD 20 years ago, Korea has made a habit of being at the front of the class. You have led the OECD on several fronts, from R&D intensity, to university graduation rates, and the number of hi-tech firms operating at the technology frontier!

  • 25-October-2016

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    Korea in the OECD: 20 years of progress

    The invitation for Korea to join the OECD represented the culmination of 35 years of extraordinary growth, which transformed Korea into a major industrial power with a leading innovation capacity. Korea has been among our most rapidly growing members over the past two decades, achieving a GDP growth rate of 4.2%, double the OECD average, and boosting per capita income from 57% of the OECD average in 1996 to 87% in 2015.

  • 8-June-2016

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    Seminar on Korea’s 20th Anniversary to OECD Membership

    It is a great honour to be with you today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s accession to our Organisation. The invitation to Korea to join the OECD represented the culmination of 35 years of extraordinary growth that transformed it from one of the poorest nations in the world to a major industrial power with one of the highest levels of R&D expenditure relative to GDP in the OECD.

  • 21-October-2015

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  • 27-September-2015

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    Remarks at high-level event on a new rural development paradigm and the inclusive and sustainable new communities model inspired by Saemul Undong

    Tackling human development means tackling rural development – the two go hand in hand. We used to think the solution was rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. Now, we know that in well-performing economies, rural areas tend to be resilient, contributing to national wealth and social stability.

  • 5-February-2013

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    OECD-Korean Development Institute Joint Conference on Korea’s Social Policy Challenges

    Korea is well known for its successful transition from hardship to prosperity and technological prowess. This amazing transformation and strong economic performance have allowed the country to make important progress also in the social sphere. However, like most of the members of the OECD, Korea still faces significant challenges to building an equitable and inclusive society.

  • 4-February-2013

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    Korea’s National Green Growth Committee Meeting

    Putting “Green” at the core of a country’s “Growth” strategy is intelligent public policy at its best! Korea understands that there is no trade-off between green and growth. Much to the contrary: there are strong synergies that can be exploited between pro-growth and pro-green policies.

  • 1-December-2011

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    OECD Secretary-General remarks at the final press conference of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan

    Never before has there been such an inclusive and fully engaged process behind international development, said M. Gurría. The outcome document endorsed in Busan is important, but even more important is the buy-in it represents, he added.

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  • 30-November-2011

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    Aid effectiveness: From words to action

    The economic crisis has meant global poverty is on the rise again. The Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan is an opportunity to ensure that development cooperation can make a difference in tackling hunger and improving people’s lives, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said.

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  • 21-June-2011

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    Korea and OECD: Towards New Partnership and Leadership

    "Fifteen years of co-operation between the OECD and Korea are only a start of what I believe will be a long and mutually beneficial journey.", said Mr Gurría at the OECD-Korea celebration event.

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