The Group of Friends of Inclusive Growth is an informal group involving OECD Delegations, Ambassadors from Key Partner countries and representatives from the OECD Secretariat who work on, or have a specific interest in, Inclusive Growth. The Group is inspired by similar informal bodies formed for Green Growth and Innovation.

 

The Group of Friends on Inclusive Growth is being launched and initially led by the US Delegation to the OECD under the leadership of the Ambassador. It will benefit from the support of the OECD Secretariat to foster interaction, information exchange and knowledge-sharing between participating countries on best practices related to Inclusive Growth. It will also provide members to engage with the Inclusive Growth Initiative on how we can increase the Initiative’s relevance and impact. The Group is informal and has no formal governance, review or other role; its primary objective is to provide a platform for inter-member discussion and brainstorming on Inclusive Growth.

 

Participation in the Group is voluntary and is open to all OECD members and Key Partner countries; staff of the Secretariat working on Inclusive Growth will also be part of the Group. Participating members are encouraged to actively engage in the Group by attending meetings and taking part in discussions. Representation should be at the Ambassador level; however, Delegations may also nominate a technical expert(s) to attend and contribute to the meetings.

 

The Group will meet two to three times in 2015-16, as convened by the US Ambassador. The OECD Secretariat will participate in meetings and support the Group as appropriate. Each meeting will focus on a specific theme, e.g. national experiences, private sector involvement, and deliver a summary report, which will be distributed to all members.