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The present crisis, the deepest and most widespread in our lifetimes, is causing economic hardship worldwide. This paper reviews the experience of earlier crises – whether national, international or sectoral – to understand better both the nature of the various investment policy responses and their implications for international investment and long-term sustainable growth. These policy responses are then compared with recent measures
Countries participating in a “Freedom of Investment” initiative, which together represent four fifths of the world economy, have pledged to resist discriminatory policies and new forms of protectionism towards investment.
In 2008, total net official development assistance (ODA) from members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rose by 10.2% in real terms to USD 119.8 billion. This is the highest dollar figure ever recorded. It represents 0.30% of members’ combined gross national income.
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As a global economic crisis risks becoming a crisis of globalisation, this policy brief looks at the recent performance of trade and FDI, protectionist risks, appropriate policies and the role of the OECD.
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At the 10th roundtable on Freedom of Investment on 26 March, OECD and non-OECD governments reviewed recent policy measures and found no trend to date towards protectionism. They issued a report on building trust and confidence in international investment, that calls for renewed vigilance in resisting protectionist pressures and continued peer monitoring at the OECD. This report is intended for OECD and non-OECD Ministers at the
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Investment Newsletter No.9 focuses on OECD support for G20 objectives on international investment, lessons from previous crises for investment policy today, the investment policy review of China, the PFI user's toolkit, guidance for engaging the private sector in water infrastructure and investment news from Africa.
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Organised in Paris on 26 March 2009, discussions at this roundtable focused on a review of recent investment policy developments in participating countries, investment policies and past economic crises, recipient country investment policies relating to national security, and finalising the report for the 2009 OECD ministerial meeting.
This Annual Report provides an account of the actions adhering governments took over the 12 months to June 2008 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy. It also highlights key findings of the High-Level OECD-ILO Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Mr. Gurría presented in Beijing the 2008 OECD Investment Policy Review of China which assesses recent developments in the Chinese investment environment and focuses on the government’s efforts to encourage responsible business conduct in China, as well as by Chinese enterprises operating abroad.
A Check-list for Public Action has been developed by the OECD and its partners to assist governments considering engaging with the private sector in the water sector. OECD Observer explains.