Switzerland should reduce trade barriers and limit the level of direct payments to farmers, as part of wider efforts to improve competitiveness of the agriculture sector, according to a new OECD report.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published today 9 new peer review reports, including a Phase 1 Supplementary Report for Switzerland, demonstrating continuing progress toward implementation of the international standard for exchange of information on request.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in Davos to attend the World Economic Forum 2015.
Switzerland has today become the 52nd jurisdiction to sign the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement, which will allow it to go forward with plans to activate automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters with other countries beginning in 2018.
Switzerland should do more to help older people, especially women, work longer in order to meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing population, according to a new OECD report.
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According to a new OECD report, variations in health care use across the cantons in Switzerland need to be consider the potential of over- and underuse of health services and raise questions about the efficiency and equity of health care services delivered in Switzerland.
Biographical note of Switzerland's Permanent Representative to the OECD.
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Switzerland has high employment rates and low unemployment. The overall employment rate remained stable since the start of the crisis and stands at 79% (first quarter of 2014), the second highest in the OECD after Iceland, well above the OECD average of 65.6%. As for unemployment, among OECD countries only Japan, Korea, and Norway have lower unemployment rates.
Swiss women are now as well educated as their male counterparts. However, progress remains to be made in the job market where both the supply and price of female labour are below that of men.
The average worker in Switzerland faced a tax burden on labour income (tax wedge) of 22.0% in 2013 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%. Switzerland was ranked 29 of the 34 OECD member countries in this respect.