Ministers responsible for regional and urban development and territorial reforms from around the world gathered in Marseille, France on 5-6 December 2013 to share good practices and future opportunities in three policy areas: effective public investment strategies, inclusive growth in cities and regions, and new frameworks for fitting policies to places.


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Under the leadership of Ms. Marylise Lebranchu, Minister of Reform of the State, Decentralisation, and the Civil Service of France, Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, and Vice-Chairs, Mr. Manabu Sakai, Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan and Mr. Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, Director of the National Worker’s Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT), who replaced Mr. Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, Minister of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development of Mexico, this meeting, and the immediately preceding Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, contributed to rich and forward-looking policy debates around how cities and regions can contribute to national goals for inclusive and sustainable growth as well as help to restore trust in government. Click on this link for the Chair's summary (pdf).

Marseille Ministerial Top Table

Several OECD reports were launched during the event, notably "Regions at a Glance 2013" and “Investing Together: Working Effectively Across Levels of Government". The OECD study of the Aix-Marseille metropolitan area was handed in to Minister Lebranchu for the French government on 5 December. It received extensive press coverage and was greatly appreciated by the City of Marseille and the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, our local co-hosts. Click on this link for press coverage.

Launch of OECD publications


'Regions at a Glance 2013' and 'Investing Together' 'Aix-Marseille' report
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The Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers "Better Cities for Better Lives: Bridging National and Local Policies to Deliver Growth and Well-being” took place on 4-5 December 2013.


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