In the context of the economic crisis, reforms can become an effective vehicle for sustained recovery but governments must find the right balance between an effective regulatory and institutional framework and minimising unnecessary red tape. Moreover, governments cannot reset the economy on their own and the contribution of the women and the private sector will be crucial, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
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.
Following the launch of the SCU Initiative on 1 April 2009, the first meeting of the Working Group on Financial Markets Development and Impact of Central Banks will be held on 17 November 2009 in Warsaw, Poland.
On 16 November 2009 at the OECD Paris headquarters, the South East Europe Investment Committee brought together SEE and OECD representatives and experts, including the donor community, to address enhancing regional ownership of investment policy processes and opportunities for further co-operation.
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These papers on taxation for investment and development in Africa, private participation in energy infrastructure in Africa, deepening African financial markets for growth and investment and boosting Africa’s energy sector through carbon finance were prepared for the NEPAD-OECD meeting in Johannesburg on 11-12 November 2009.
The 2009 NEPAD-OECD meetings focused on mobilising financial resources in Africa against the crisis and on boosting private investment in African energy infrastructure, drawing on country experiences and best practices to identify and address the factors holding back investment in African countries’ energy sectors.
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Deputy Secretary-General Aart de Geus talks about the OECD's support for the UN Framework for Business and Human Rights developed by Professor Ruggie. This speech was made at the 2009 EU Conference on corporate social responsiblity in Stockholm on 10 November 2009.
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OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and Luxembourg: Report on Progress of the implementation of the Phase 2bis Recommendations since March 2008.
NEPAD-OECD Ministerial Meeting & Expert Roundtable, 11-12 November 2009, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mobilising Financial Resources - Boosting Energy Investment & Carbon Finance in Africa.
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OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and Slovenia: Report on Progress of the implementation of the Phase 2 Recommendations since June 2007.