It is my pleasure to present the 2018 OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs. This is the seventh edition of our annual flagship publication, which now covers 43 countries. I’d like to thank Minister Guajardo for his support on this important topic.
I must admit, this might be my favourite event of this Summit... but don’t tell anyone! It is indeed a great opportunity to address such a unique and inspiring crowd of young pioneers from a variety of backgrounds.
I am delighted to address the 6th edition of the “Ethics and Trust in Finance” Global Prize ceremony. Let me congratulate all the finalists for their ground-breaking essays. It is inspiring and comforting to see these gifted young people engaged in winning back trust in finance.
Over the next two days, you will be focusing on a wide range of issues, from sustainable finance, efficient capital allocation, the quality of shareholder engagement, and long-term thinking in the investment chain. All these issues lie at the heart of the OECD’s efforts to create fairer, more sustainable and more inclusive economies.
After a decade of growth, African countries are facing a more challenging outlook, notably with commodity prices on the way down and interest rates on the way up. But our latest African Economic Outlook shows that growth is picking up, at 3.4% in 2017, up from 2.2% in 2016.
I am delighted to launch the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 Results: Students’ Financial Literacy. We are honoured to be joined by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands ─ a global champion of financial literacy.
Growth seems to be slowly picking up. This is good news. But we are still facing a vicious circle of low productivity growth, sluggish demand, stagnant wages and, in many G7 countries, rising or high levels of inequalities.
The expansion of Digital Financial Services (DFS) - such as mobile and online financial services, electronic money, as well as branchless banking – is a major global phenomenon and is particularly widespread in the developing world. Digital Financial Services are currently available to over 60% of the world’s population, particularly in the form of mobile money.
Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure for me to be here today to launch the 2016 OECD Pensions Outlook. I’m glad to see great friends and experts on one of the defining issues of our era. Good to see Phyllis Borzi and Ambrogio Rinaldi with us today.
It’s a great pleasure to open this seminar today on “Investing for the future in today's global markets”. First of all, let me welcome Siv Jensen, Norway’s Minister of Finance, and Yngve Slyngstad, the Executive Director of Norges Bank Investment Management.