Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure for me to be here today to launch the 2016 OECD Pensions Outlook. I’m glad to see great friends and experts on one of the defining issues of our era. Good to see Phyllis Borzi and Ambrogio Rinaldi with us today.
We are all brought together by the collective global project to transform our economies, still hard-wired around fossil fuels, into green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economies. This is a huge challenge. It requires massive leadership, and well-aligned policies across government, as well as the scaling up of green finance. Given the scale of this investment, the role of finance is critical.
Global investment flows are picking up, standing at about 16% below their pre-crisis level. However, FDI flows to the MENA region continue to lag. Regional instability and insecurity has contributed to a fall of more than 50% between 2008 and 2015!
A critical dimension of the 'low-growth trap’ is a lack of investment. Weak investment is undermining productivity growth and lowering potential output by holding back capital deepening and hindering the pace at which innovation is embodied in plant and equipment.
Today’s theme – prospering in a low-growth era – suggests that growth rates have declined permanently and that we should focus on how to prosper in such new conditions. There are many problems facing us today not directly related to the pace of economic growth. Indeed, some challenges, like climate change, may actually be eased by slower growth.
It’s a great pleasure to open this seminar today on “Investing for the future in today's global markets”. First of all, let me welcome Siv Jensen, Norway’s Minister of Finance, and Yngve Slyngstad, the Executive Director of Norges Bank Investment Management.
It is my great pleasure to launch this second edition of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook, along with the first edition of an accompanying Business and Finance Scoreboard, which has a wealth of statistical information relating to the Outlook.
Welcome to the 4th Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct. This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s main instrument for promoting better business practices. This is a good moment to reflect on the potential multilateralism. In the past year the global community has reached a breakthrough climate agreement at COP21 and established an ambitious set of SDGs.
I am delighted to welcome you for a performance of Note Etiche. Thank you Ambassador Checchia for this original initiative. It will be wonderful to hear live music and policy debate intertwine! Especially around such a key, topical issue as business integrity and ethics in the financial sector. We could not ask for a better, more pleasant prelude for tomorrow’s Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct.
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OECD's Adrian Blundell-Wignall explains why clean energy projects are not attracting investors despite the availability of fund for investment. This paper was presented at a high-level breakfast event on institutional investors and the low-carbon transition hosted by the OECD Secretary-General during COP21 on 9 December 2015.