Launch of the South Caucasus and Ukraine Initiative for Investment and Competitiveness


Paris, 01 April 2009

The More about the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme and governments from the South Caucasus and Ukraine (SCU) launched a regional initiative to increase competitiveness and attract investment. The launch took place at a Ministerial meeting at the OECD Paris headquarters on 1 April 2009.

From left to right: Representing SCU co-chair Poland, Pawel Wojciechowski, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister, and Jan Woroniecki, Polish Ambassador to the OECD. Representing the Czech Republic as holder of the current EU Presidency, Milan Hovorka, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Not pictured: Representatives from SCU co-chair Sweden.  


This initiative has the following objectives:

  • increase investment, competitiveness and private sector development by helping countries design and implement policies to improve the business climate and encourage regional cooperation where necessary
  • share OECD good practice and experience
  • support countries in discussing and sharing their own good practice and reform experiences
  • assist governments in developing policies to support local business and attract more foreign investment 

OECD tools will help to identify and remove barriers in such important policy areas as investment climate policy and promotion, business finance and human capital formation.


 Meeting documentation


Opening Remarks by Angel Gurría

Concept note


Final statement




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