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As part of the Freedom of Investment (FOI) project, the OECD keeps track of investment policy developments. This report provides policy information collected under the FOI project and covers all economies invited to the Trade and Investment session of the 2009 OECD Ministerial Meeting. All governments covered in the report had an opportunity to comment, as well as WTO, UNCTAD and IMF.
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.
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.
This report examines the apparel, automotive components and business process/technology outsourcing sectors in the western Balkans, focusing on competitiveness factors and including policy recommendations.
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Building a workable framework for international investment policy requires developing a mutually-understood vocabulary for key policy terms. This fact-finding study, prepared in support of discussions at a March 2009 “Freedom of Investment” Roundtable hosted at the OECD, explores the meaning of three terms – essential security interests, public order and national security – that are used frequently in international policy dialogue,
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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
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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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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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.
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.