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News conference to launch the OECD Development Centre’s latest Latin American Economic Outlook (LEO 2010).
The global economy is recovering faster than expected but remains fragile. How quickly will global trade and investment bounce back after the sharp falls of the past year? What role can international investment play in building a stronger, cleaner, fairer global economy?
The OECD is pleased to see the commitment being made by the UK government to the fight against foreign bribery,” Mr Gurría said.
In the context of the economic crisis, reforms can become an effective vehicle for sustained recovery but governments must find the right balance between an effective regulatory and institutional framework and minimising unnecessary red tape. Moreover, governments cannot reset the economy on their own and the contribution of the women and the private sector will be crucial, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
Speaking at the governance forum of the third MENA-OECD ministerial meeting, Mr. Gurría noted that sound regulations and efficient public services are essential for better functioning private markets. He added that governments should ensure integrity, transparency and accountability by modernizing legal frameworks and encourage a more inclusive economy, an economy empowering women.
Opening this event in Marrakesh, Angel Gurría underlined that the economic crisis has not spared the MENA region, with a significant economic contraction and a severe impact on the labour markets. According to the Secretary-General, the MENA-OECD Initiative can serve as a model for effective co-operation in building the global economy of the future.
At an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Gurría talked about the progress made by Central and Eastern European countries since then and the challenges ahead.
Economic forecasts for GDP, unemployment, inflation and fiscal balance.
The OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, explained that innovation will be one of the keys to accelerating recovery and putting firms and countries back on a path to sustainable, smarter and greener growth.
Japan is one of the countries hardest-hit by the crisis. We now see signs of a recovery in Japan, thanks to large-scale fiscal stimulus and accommodative measures by the Bank of Japan. But the great challenge today is to move from a policy-based recovery to self-sustained growth.