The OECD/Korea Policy Centre fosters the exchange of technical information and policy experiences relating to the Asia Pacific region in areas such as health statistics, pension reforms and social policy and expenditure.
In 2014, Korea provided USD 1.9 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.13% of gross national income (GNI) and a 0.8% increase in real terms from 2013.* Korea is the 23rd largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor in terms of its ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 16th largest donor by volume.
The 2014 edition of National Accounts of OECD Countries, General Government Accounts is an annual publication, dedicated to government finance which is based on the System of National Accounts 2008 (SNA 2008) for all countries except Chile, Japan, Korea and Turkey (SNA 1993). It includes tables showing government aggregates and balances for the production, income and financial accounts as well as detailed tax and social contribution receipts and a breakdown of expenditure of general government by function, according to the harmonised international classification, COFOG. These detailed accounts are available for the general government sector. Data also cover the following sub-sectors, according to availability: central government, state government, local government and social security funds.
The data in this publication are also available on line via www.oecd-ilibrary.org under the title OECD National Accounts Statistics, General Government Accounts (http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/na-gga-data-en).
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Compared to many other OECD countries, Korea has shown a stronger labour market recovery from the crisis with employment increasing steadily and unemployment remaining low. The employment rate returned to its pre-crisis level of 64.0% in 2011, and has since risen further to reach 66.1% in May 2015, its highest level since 1982.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
Of the abundant resources given to mankind, what is the most underused resource of our time? Without a doubt, women!
The OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, chaired several high-level panels; the OECD actively participated through a series of events, the launch of four new reports and by taking part in a number of workshops and seminars throughout the forum.
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Korea has the 5th lowest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries. The average single worker in Korea faced a tax wedge of 21.5% in 2014 compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
Mr. Gurría took part in the 7th World Water Forum and side events, and launched the publication "Water in Cities: Sustainable Futures" as well as three other related OECD reports. He also met with Ms. Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, and several Cabinet ministers as well as high-level officials from other countries attending the Forum.
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Agricultural research fellowship award grants and international conferences sponsorships of the Co-operative Research Programme (CRP): Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems; advice for applicants for funding.