18/06/2008 - The OECD’s latest economic survey of Portugal, to be published on Wednesday 25 June 2008, looks at how growth can be boosted and made more sustainable by strengthening public finances, enhancing the business environment and improving the efficiency of the labour market.
The survey will be available to journalists in English on the OECD's password-protected website at 11.30 Paris time (09.30 GMT) for immediate release.
The survey will be presented at workshop, open to the press, at 10.30 (local time) the same day at the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, Lisbon. Opening statements will be made by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Fernando Teixeira dos Santos, Portuguese Minister of State and Finance. For further information about this event, journalists should contact the ministry press service: tel. +351 21 881 68 61 or +351 21 881 6937.
A Policy Brief with the main conclusions will be freely accessible in pdf format (in English and French) on the OECD’s web site at www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/portugal. You are invited to include this internet link in reports on the survey.
Among the issues investigated by the survey are:
What are the main challenges?
How should fiscal consolidation be secured?
What can be done to get more out of globalisation?
How to promote competition domestically and improve infrastructures?
How to facilitate the adjustment of the labour market?
How can education and training be improved?
Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the publication, by e-mail and under embargo, four hours ahead of release time. For journalists in Asia/Pacific time zones such advance access is allowed 12 hours ahead of release time.
The study will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the survey under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the survey by e-mail under embargo or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent by e-mail to Luisa Constanza (luisa.constanza @ oecd.org) at the OECD’s media division.