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On 19 June 2009, the 38 countries party to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public officials in International Business Transactions adopted a Policy Statement on Bribery in International Business Transactions, reaffirming the importance of the Convention and its implementation.
Building on its 2007 edition, the 2009 SME Policy Index provides further comparative analysis along the policy dimensions of the European Charter for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, as well as a comprehensive assessment of country performances over the last two years.
The 2009 Roundtable on Corporate Responsiblity focused on the responsibilities of multinational companies toward consumers and how consumers can encourage multinational enterprises to live up to the recommendations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
The current economic crisis has exposed the deficiencies of economic global governance and the risk of having a highly integrated global economy with fragmented global economic decision-making and regulation. To improve our impact, we do need stronger, more inclusive and better coordinated international organisations, warned the OECD Secretary-General.
With the the global economic crisis, governments are now focused on restoring national economic and employment growth and financial stability which also poses risks for freedom of investment. If they all recognise that open markets will ultimately contribute to a sustainable recovery, they might be tempted to adopt “beggar thy neighbour” policies, including investment protectionism and unfair incentives to attract or retain
With the global economic crisis, governments are now focused on restoring national economic and employment growth and financial stability which also poses risks for freedom of investment.
Current financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation is clearly insufficient and the development co-operation community needs to think through its implications and come up with forceful responses, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
Addressing the tax component of the Investment Reform Index (IRI) along the lines of tax reform priorities is the main focus of the Working Group on Tax Policy Analysis of the Investment Compact for South East Europe.
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Government officials from ASEAN countries and investment experts gathered to discuss on various efforts to create a more attractive investment climate in Southeast Asia at the Forum. OECD’s investment instruments and peer review methods were presented and well received by participants as they can help advance their own agenda of investment policy reforms. The Forum took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 27-28 April 2009.
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Guidelines for Recipient Country Investment Policies relating to National Security have been adopted by the OECD to help governments maintain fair treatment of international investors while meeting their countries' security needs.