It is an honour to be here at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with my dear colleague Director-General Roberto Azevêdo to launch our joint study ‘The Role of the World Trade Organization in Supporting International Regulatory Co-operation.’
In recent years, Hidalgo's economy has grown faster than the national average. Between 2009 and 2017, Hidalgo's annual GDP per capita growth rate was 3.9%, twice the national average (1.9%). In addition, the increase in productivity in the state between 2010 and 2016 was the fifth highest of all Mexican states.
I would like to thank our colleagues from the International Federation of Accountants for hosting this event and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland for their financial support to the work of the IO partnership.
Institutional trust is a critical topic for the OECD. Trust is the foundation upon which the legitimacy and sustainability of political systems is built. But governments are increasingly operating in a complex global environment.
El IMSS fue la primera agencia pública en México y en el mundo en solicitar formalmente, en 2011, una revisión de la OCDE de sus regulaciones y prácticas de adquisiciones internas, a la luz de las Guías de la OCDE.
Si México no logra fortalecer su integridad y abatir la corrupción, difícilmente podrá enfrentar otros desafíos como la pobreza, la desigualdad y la seguridad pública; difícilmente podrá terminar con la violencia; difícilmente podrá desarrollarse.
The Fiscal Network is an inspiring example of horizontal collaboration between the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTP), the Economics Department (ECO), the Public Governance Directorate (GOV) and the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) – as well as their respective committees (CFA, EPC, PGC and RDPC).
I would like to start by congratulating again the Argentinian presidency on its Roadmap for Developing Infrastructure as an Asset Class. The roadmap will help us meet the needs of infrastructure investment for sustainable growth and help build connectivity, which will be key in achieving higher productivity, gains in service efficiency, growth in trade and realising greater spillovers from investments.
I am honoured to receive this GLOBSEC European Award. The Organisation I lead, the OECD, is part of Europe’s story, part of Europe’s history. Originally founded in 1947 as the secretariat of the Marshall Plan, the OECD has been there from the outset of post-war European reconstruction. And the OECD will continue to play its part in Europe’s future by drawing on what we do best: advancing better policies for better lives.
My sincere thanks, once again, to you and the Government of Latvia for hosting this exchange of ideas and to Attorney General and Minister of Justice Schwartz for co-chairing this roundtable.