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  • 20-May-2019

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    SMEs are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and tech to boost wages and productivity

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been a significant driver of employment growth in recent years, mainly through the creation of new firms, including in high-growth sectors such as information and communication technologies (ICT).

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  • 20-May-2019

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    Joint OECD and World Bank report urges governments to improve resilience to disasters and related fiscal risks

    Rapid economic development and climate change are increasing our vulnerability to natural disasters, and a new joint OECD-World Bank report calls for pro-active management of the financial costs of those disasters before they strike.

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  • 20-May-2019

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    Advanced economies still have plenty of work to do to reach Sustainable Development Goals

    With only 11 years left to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, some of the most economically advanced countries have still not met targets in areas like poverty reduction, youth employment, education and training, gender equality and numerical literacy, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 16-May-2019

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    Urgent action needed to address growing opioid crisis

    Governments should treat the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis and improve treatment, care and support for people misusing opioids. Overdose deaths continue to rise, fuelled by an increase in prescription and over-prescription of opioids for pain management and the illicit drugs trade, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 15-May-2019

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    Italy should boost spending and strengthen cooperation and integration of employment services to help more people into work

    Italy should boost spending and cooperation at national and regional levels as part of broader efforts to help more people into work and reduce the country’s high unemployment rate, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 14-May-2019

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    OECD appoints Jeffrey Schlagenhauf as Deputy Secretary-General

    The OECD has appointed Jeffrey Schlagenhauf as a Deputy Secretary-General. An American national, he will support Secretary-General Angel Gurría in increasing the impact and global relevance of OECD work, as well as contributing to the public policy challenges of assuring strong inclusive growth and jobs.

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  • 14-May-2019

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    Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: May 2019

    OECD unemployment rate stable at 5.3% in March 2019

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  • 13-May-2019

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    Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, May 2019

    CLIs continue to point to easing growth momentum in most major economies

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  • 11-May-2019

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    Japan’s agro-food sector would benefit greatly from policies to boost innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable resource use

    Japan’s agriculture sector has traditionally been characterised by small-scale rice production, but has recently begun to respond to new market opportunities for higher value food products across a rapidly growing East Asia. Today, rice represents less than 20% of the value of agriculture production, and larger, more productive, and more profitable farm businesses now account for more than half of total agriculture output.

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  • 9-May-2019

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    Governments should step up their efforts to give people skills to seize opportunities in a digital world

    Governments must urgently step up their efforts to improve their education and training policies to help more people reap the benefits of the digital transformation and to reduce the risk of automation widening inequalities and driving unemployment, according to a new OECD report.

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