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Milan ranks among wealthy OECD metropolitan regions and is often identified with the “Made in Italy” brand on the international arena, notably for fashion and design. Once a successful industrial city, Milan has grown into the core of a wider industrial metropolitan region that is home to more than 7 million people. Industrial activities still drive the region’s periphery while the centre of Milan is veering towards becoming a service
The OECD-Asian SBO Network annually brings together budget directors and other senior officials from the region to address key budgeting concerns and relevant policy options.
The OECD Territorial Review of Milan recognises Milan’s skills endowment and advantageous location. But if Milan is to be a creative service hub, action is required to bolster its innovation and attractiveness and support reform via more inclusive governance.
Speakers background papers and presentations for the OECD/Scottish Executive conference on "investment Priorities for Rural Development", which took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 19-20 October 2006.
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In OECD countries, rural areas account for three-quarters of the land and are home to a quarter of the population. Rapid changes in the international economy clearly have a different effect on these regions than on cities and towns, offering different challenges but also different opportunities.Improved communications and the Internet make it possible for many people to work just as effectively from a cottage in a village as in a city
As part of the comparative analysis of sustainable budget policy, a study was undertaken on long-term budget projections. This report describes a bottom-up approach to measure future challenges, and discusses the main reasons for uncertainty and how to handle them.
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Of all natural hazards, flooding causes the greatest damage in OECD countries, particularly in France.
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Floods and flood-related disasters, such as landslides, are a traditional and serious risk in Japan. In the 1940s and 50s, after flood disasters took thousands of lives, the creation of a comprehensive flood risk management programme led to a dramatic reduction in human casualties.
From 5-7 July 2006 the OECD Symposium on Agencies and Public-Private Partnerships was held in Madrid, Spain. The presentations and background material from this meeting provide a rich source of background material on the topic.
The 27th Annual Meeting of Senior Budget Officials took place in Sydney, Australia, on 5-6 June 2006.