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En sus observaciones, Angel Gurría destacó la admirable capacidad de España para transformar su política rural durante los últimos diez años, aumentando la productividad del sector rural español por encima de la media Europea.
In his remarks, Mr. Gurría highlighted that reforms to promote more competitive product markets have been deeper in Spain than in the average of OECD country by reducing state control over enterprises in the business domain and lowering barriers to enterprise, foreign trade and investment.
In his remarks delivered in Rome, Angel Gurría has welcomed the decision by G7 Finance Ministers to work towards setting up a set of common principles on integrity, transparency and propriety in global financial and business transactions.
M. Gurría stated that the main policy challenge for the Slovak Republic is to sustain high trend growth while adjusting to life in the euro area. This requires structural reforms in the areas of labour and product markets, fiscal policy and in the housing sector.
At a meeting with Slovak Economists, Mr. Gurría underlined that the OECD has developed a strategic response to deal with the current situation, while at the same time addressing the interaction between different policy actions in our economies.
Given the crisis, the global governance architecture is moving faster than anticipated and the need for International Organisations to work together has increased. How can we help the international organisations become stronger, more inclusive and agile?
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr. Gurría presented the OECD strategic response to the financial and economic crisis which provides elements and analytical tools to help governments redesign and restart the financial system, but also a comprehensive strategy to put the global economy back on a sustained growth trajectory.
Since September, the global economic downturn has grabbed public and government attention but the food crisis has not disappeared with the recession and falling commodity prices and remains a priority, according to Mr. Gurría.
Policy makers are now facing the challenge of providing a short-term response to the crisis without losing sight of the longer-term structural reforms needed to put pension and healthcare systems on a solid footing in light of population ageing. According to Mr. Gurría, we need pension funds to be more transparent and better regulated but we also need structural reforms in the public pension policies and health care systems.
In a world where advance-countries will have to increase their water spending by huge proportions to maintain existing level of service, and the developing countries have huge supply and sanitation challenges to meet, it is fundamental to have good water management practices, according to Mr. Gurría.