Thank you for your warm welcome. It’s a great honour to be at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, an organisation that shares history, values and objectives with the OECD. I’d like to thank the Centre’s President and CEO, Dr. John Hamré, for his invitation.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the OECD’s Washington Centre. We are here to celebrate the longstanding and fruitful relationship between the OECD and the United States. But, more precisely, we are here to celebrate you, our friends in the US! This is a great opportunity to get to know each other better and strengthen our ties.
The Secretary-General was in New York on 24 April to deliver remarks at the event “Prioritising Water on the Global Agenda”, hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Secretary-General was in Washington on 20-22 April 2017 to attend the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings as well as the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings. While in Washington, the Secretary-General presented the 2017 OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs with Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Pier Carlo Padoan.
The Secretary-General was in Minneapolis on 19 April 2017 to receive the 2017 Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award.
The tax burden on labour income is expressed by the tax wedge, which is a measure of the net tax burden on labour income borne by the employee and the employer.
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The United States had the 25th lowest tax wedge among the 35 OECD member countries in 2016. The country occupied the same position in 2015. The average single worker in the United States faced a tax wedge of 31.7% in 2016 compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
There are now 45 Adherents to the 2009 OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Georgia has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the Declaration.
Les États-Unis ont maintenu au même niveau le volume de leur aide étrangère depuis la crise économique mondiale et ils ont manifestement amélioré la concentration et l’efficacité de leur aide au développement. Ces tendances devraient se poursuivre et les réformes relatives à USAID (US Agency for International Development) devraient être consolidées, selon le dernier examen de l’OCDE.