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Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland.
These country notes contain over 50 indicators which compare the political and institutional frameworks of national governments as well as revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation. They include a description of government policies on integrity, e-government and open government.
Starting in 2006, the OECD has compiled annual statistics on the mutual agreement procedure (MAP) caseloads of all its member countries and of non-OECD economies that agree to provide such statistics. MAP statistics for 2006-2010 are now available.
The OECD/NEA will co-organise a G8-G20 meeting on nuclear energy safety issues 7-8 June, as part of international efforts to learn from the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and help prevent similar disasters in the future.
"The OECD has absolute confidence in Japan’s capacity to overcome the Great East Japan Earthquake, building on its unique stock of human capital, financial wealth, technology and discipline.", said Angel Gurría for the launch of the OECD’s Economic Survey of Japan in Tokyo.
The 11 March earthquake is the country's worst disaster of the post-war period and addressing reconstruction needs must be a priority. Policy must then be directed to sustaining growth through; correcting the fiscal situation, addressing labour market dualism and reforming education.
During his official visit, OECD Secretary-General will meet with Prime Minister Kan and members of the Japanese government to discuss how the OECD could support Japan in the aftermath of the Tohoku events. He will also present the latest Economic Survey of Japan.
How do services commitments in RTAs influence multilateral negotiations? Through 4 case studies of the RTAs of Chile, Japan, the EU and the US, this paper looks at political economy issues underlying RTAs in general, as well as the specific concessions that countries make on trade in services.
"On behalf of all of us working at the OECD, I would like to transmit our deep sympathy and support in these difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are with the Japanese people, especially those who lost their loved ones." OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría