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International experts and policy practitioners from around the world assessed policy options to restore the economy of the L'Aquila region. The workshop was held in Rome on 3 July 2009 and was organised by the OECD in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the territorial development policy committee, Mr. Gurría affirmed that urban and rural regions have a core role to play in promoting sustainable growth. Mayors and regional officials are leading efforts to encourage public transportation, implement climate change action plans, and curb air pollution.
China should speed up investment in rural services and infrastructure and create jobs in non-agricultural sectors for returning migrants, according to a new OECD report. This will help offset the fast-rising impact of the economic slowdown on the rural economy.
Mr. Gurría presented in Beijing the first OECD Rural Policy Review of China whose topic is how to build a more diversified rural economy; how can China further stimulate economic activity and overall socioeconomic development in rural areas.
In his remarks, Mr. Gurría underlined that the productivity in the rural sector has grown faster in Spain than the European average since the second half of 1990s, and the country has produced the third largest expansion in agricultural output among all OECD countries.
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.
The 2nd OECD-Southeast Asia Regional Forum will be held in Thailand on 27-28 April 2009. Drawing on bilateral discussions with several countries in the region and identifying areas of common interest, the OECD proposes the theme of Enhancing Competitiveness through Regional Integration.
Given that the majority of the world’s population lives in cities accounting for 60 to 80 percent of emissions, cities are key actors in our efforts to achieve long-term sustainable solutions to the global climate change challenge, according to Mr. Gurría.
- Conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change
Should central government leave regional development to local policy makers? Employment ministers from OECD countries, including Finland, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, addressed such questions at a conference in Venice, Italy, from 17-19 April 2008.
Cross-Border Diaries - Bulletin on West African Local-Regional Realities, produced by the Sahel and West Africa Club