OECD Regional Policy Forum, ‘Global Crisis, Regional Responses’


24/03/2009 - As the economic crisis deepens, the public sector is stepping in to restore confidence and stimulate the economy. To be successful, this effort needs to include policy makers at all levels of government, as well as stakeholders in the private sector, civil society and academia. Sub-national governments are responsible for two-thirds of public investment in OECD countries and will have an important role to play in efforts to resolve the crisis.


You are invited to join politicians, policy makers, private stakeholders and academics attending the OECD Regional Policy Forum, ‘Global Crisis, Regional Responses’,  at OECD headquarters in Paris on Monday 30 March from 9:00 – 18:00.


The Forum will look for answers to some of the challenges raised by the crisis:

·      Greening Cities: an option for recovery – faced with falling public investment budgets,  are there  creative options for cities to ‘go green’ by improving urban infrastructure and creating new high-tech jobs?

·      Rural Realities –  with rural areas greatly affected by the crisis, can public investment be used as a catalyst to build a more sustainable and diversified rural economy?

·      The Role of Central and Sub-national authorities – how can all levels of government best co-operate to design and implement sustainable investment strategies?

·      Building knowledge for better policy – what kind of local information is needed to guide public choices in investment strategies?


If you would like to attend all or part of the Forum, please e-mail or call + 331 45 24 97 00.


For more information about the forum and ministerial visit:

=> Global Crisis, Regional Response - Regional Policy Forum

=> Investing for Growth: Building Innovative Regions - Ministerial meeting


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