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Opening this event in Marrakesh, Angel Gurría underlined that the economic crisis has not spared the MENA region, with a significant economic contraction and a severe impact on the labour markets. According to the Secretary-General, the MENA-OECD Initiative can serve as a model for effective co-operation in building the global economy of the future.
Under the work programme with Middle East and North African countries (MENA), the second meeting of the OECD-MENA Senior Budget Officials network was held in Doha, Qatar, 4-5 November 2009, hosted by the Qatari authorities.
The fiscal consolidation challenge for Ireland is severe, the underlying budget balance having moved abruptly from surplus to a large deficit.
Despite progress over the past two decades Mexico’s health and education indicators remain well below the average of the OECD and some of its Latin American emerging market peers.
- Economic Survey of Mexico 2009
A symposium was held on 6 November 2009 to discuss strategic directions for the future of regulatory reform. Current and emerging regulatory policy challenges are truly global.
The review proposes a new sustainable competitiveness agenda to enhance productivity in Toronto. This agenda could focus on innovation, cultural diversity and infrastructure; and apply a green lens to policies.
Compulsory school education in Italy produces poor results in terms of 15-year-olds’ performance on PISA tests, compared with other OECD countries, despite a relatively high level of expenditure, as discussed in this working paper.
- Economic Survey of Italy 2009
This working paper discusses what policy makers should do in order to restore balance in the Icelandic economy and lay out the foundations for a sustainable recovery.
- Economic Survey of Iceland 2009
This report boradly describes the shift in governments' focus on e-government development – from a government-centric to a user-centric approach. It gives a comprehensive overview of challenges to user take-up of e-government services in OECD countries and ways of improving them.