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Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have the lowest prices for mobile phone calls among OECD countries, according to the latest OECD Communications Outlook. The highest were found in Canada, Spain and the United States.
The OECD’s latest economic survey of Mexico, to be published on Thursday 30 July 2009, looks at the challenges posed by the global economic crisis. It also discusses longer-term reform in areas such as health and education.
An OECD Territorial Review of Chile recommends that Chile adopt a stronger regional approach to economic development in order to better exploit opportunities and improve the country’s overall performance.
El Estudio Territorial de Chile de la OCDE recomienda que Chile adopte una perspectiva regional más firme con respecto al desarrollo económico con el fin de aprovechar al máximo las distintas oportunidades de las regiones y mejorar el desempeño del país en su conjunto.
Hailing the designation of Enrico Giovannini as President of the Italian national statistics institute (Istituto nazionale di statistica - ISTAT), OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said this marks recognition of his contribution to strengthening the OECD’s position in this area.
In the past two days Belgium has signed protocols to its tax conventions with Luxembourg, Singapore, San Marino, and the Seychelles as well as a tax convention with the Isle of Man and a tax information exchange agreement with Monaco
The economic downturn has hit shipbuilding hard. New orders have contracted by up to 90% and cancellations have increased, which is likely to result in significant excess shipbuilding capacity. This outlook is unlikely to improve for some time.
Brazil is resisting the global downturn better than many other countries thanks to sound policies developed over recent years and an improved balance of payments, said Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD.
Sweden spent USD 4.73 billion on overseas development assistance (ODA) in 2008. This amounted to 0.98% of its gross national income (GNI), making Sweden the most generous DAC donor countries as a proportion of its economy.
“Closer and stronger ties between the G8 and G5 countries are critical for tackling the increasingly complex global challenges facing our countries, and never more so than in the current economic crisis,” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today at the G8 Summit.