The Internet is a driver of innovation, improves efficiency, and thus contributes to growth and employment. This high-level meeting is a unique opportunity to strengthen global principles to create a reliable, resilient and innovative Internet environment.
Speaking at the Conference on empowering E Consumers in Washington, Mr. Gurría noted that the Internet economy is becoming one of the dynamos for international trade and the global economy as a whole.
In his remarks delivered at the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Mr. Gurría affirmed that innovation will be the key to foster economic growth and to tackle the major global and social challenges of our time: persistent poverty, unemployment, climate change, water management, and health care.
Mr. Gurría's opening speech at the Conference on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change in Denmark on 27-28 May 2009 focused on the potential of information and communication technologies to combat climate change and improve environmental performance.
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.