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During her official visit to the OECD, the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, met with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria and addressed ambassadors at a special meeting of the OECD Council.
In his speech delivered at the 2009 BIAC Business Roundtable, Mr. Gurría underlined that the OECD was working hard to help countries design better and more reliable policies to underpin the credibility of a stronger and more accountable global economy. But he warned that a new economic system can only work if it’s based on a more responsible business culture that can reconcile profit-making with reducing inequalities, fostering
Financial markets and services are playing a greater social and economic role in the daily life of the average individual. One of the challenges is to move from raising awareness on financial issues to actually changing consumers’ behaviours, notably by integrating financial literacy into school curricula, according to Mr. Gurría.
France should do more to ease the transition of unskilled young people into employment. The government should give priority to helping young people the furthest removed from the job market and to strengthening the social protection of the most disadvantaged, according to a new report by the OECD.
Luxembourg has signed an agreement for the exchange of bank information on request in all tax matters with the U.S., marking a major step forward in international efforts to counter tax evasion.
With world trade volumes likely to shrink by as much as 13 percent in 2009 from 2008 levels, the OECD is urging governments to avoid protectionist measures and keep markets open in order to allow economies to benefit from the recovery when it comes.
If we consider the rapid pace of financial innovation, the growing complexity of financial products, and the increasing amount and size of financial risks and responsibilities transferred to households, consumers need to be better equipped to make good, informed and rational financial decisions, according to Mr Gurría.
Improving competitiveness is essential to the future prosperity of Japan’s agricultural sector, according to a new OECD report.
Angel Gurría, Secrétaire général de l’OCDE ; Laurent Wauquiez, Secrétaire d’Etat à l’emploi ; et Martin Hirsch, Haut commissaire à la jeunesse, présenteront les conclusions de ce rapport lors d’une conférence de presse au ministère de l’économie et des finances à Bercy, ce même jour à 16h30.