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As the demand for food increases, agriculture will continue to attract investment and new actors may be confronted with ethical dilemmas and find it difficult to implement responsible business conduct in their practices. In this context the OECD and the FAO are working together to develop a practical guidance to help investors identify and avoid infringing widely-supported principles of responsible business conduct in the sector.
In many OECD countries, investment in intangible assets is growing rapidly. In some cases this investment matches or exceeds investment in traditional capital such as machinery, equipment and buildings.
This investment policy review examines Costa Rica's achievements in developing an open and transparent investment regime and its efforts to reduce restrictions on international investment.
International investment is one of the main drivers of globalisation so sound policies towards investment are vital for world prosperity and stability, for maximising the benefits of the integration of emerging major non-OECD players into the global economy and for the development of poor countries.
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OECD Ministers at their meeting in May 2013 agreed to take a comprehensive range of measures as set out in the OECD Action Plan for Youth. The first objective of these measures is to tackle the current situation of high youth unemployment and underemployment. The second objective is to produce better outcomes for youth in the longer run by equipping them with relevant skills and removing barriers to their employment.
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Prepared for the 2013 G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, this joint OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report analyses the functioning of global value chains and their relationship with trade and investment flows, development and jobs.
The report discusses the results of the OECD “Leveraging Training and Skills Development in SMEs” (TSME) project which examines access to training by SMEs across seven regions in six OECD countries: New Zealand, Poland, Belgium, UK, Turkey and Canada.
Start-ups are gaining momentum in Latin America's innovation strategies. Start-up Latin America: Promoting Innovation in the Region analyses the role of policies in promoting the creation and expansion of start-ups. It provides a comparative snapshot of recent initiatives in six countries in the region to identify good practices and foster knowledge sharing to improve innovation policy design and implementation.
This Competitiveness Outlook examines the key policies that would increase competitiveness in Central Asia. Accompanying Policy Handbooks outline practical steps to help policymakers improve the business climate.
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Document C/MIN(2013)18 from the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level - Paris, 29-30 May 2013