The aim of the 2008 OECD Roundtable on Consumer Product Safety was to examine consumer product safety trends and challenges at both domestic and international levels.
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The world is rapidly transforming and a number of dynamic emerging economies,including South Africa, have become major players and trading partners with the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). In this context, the OECD Members have recognised the need for theOrganisation to become more open and relevant in order to realise its strategicgoal of becoming an important hub for dialogue on globally
This conference will consider innovation in the software sector from business and economic perspectives, taking into account the factors that drive innovation, including key framework conditions.
The Conference aims to help policy makers understand Sensor Networks and their potential to help address global challenges. It will explore the conditions for and consequences of innovation in this area including economic aspects, privacy and information security as well as infrastructure issues.
This report examines broadband developments and policies, and highlights challenges such as connecting users to fibre-based networks or coverage of rural areas. It also outlines emerging issues that may need policy attention as we move to next-generation networks. The findings are also relevant to emerging and developing economies designing broadband strategies.
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Digital content is an important factor driving growth and employment, with widespread impacts on business, governments and society.
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The policy guidance calls upon countries to implement effective educational measures to prevent consumers from becoming victims on-line.
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This Policy Guidance presents a number of principles which could be used by policy makers to reassess regulations and policies and to ensure existing frameworks do not hamper convergence, investment and choice in the marketplace.
In his speech, Mr. Gurría stated that the OECD has to work with developed and developing countries and international organizations, both to improve policies for the Internet economy and to increase international co-operation on issues such as cybercrime and security. He also stressed the need to better understand the role and contribution of the Internet and related ICTs as drivers of productivity and economic growth.
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OECD member countries organised the Ministerial Meeting in recognition of the increasingly critical role of the Internet to our economies and society. The Internet is proving to be a powerful driver of innovation, growth and productivity globally.