The agricultural sector in many OECD countries continues to be characterised by high levels of support and protection. Support to agricultural producers accounted for 32% of total farm receipts -- a slight increase from 2002, but down from 37% from the late 1980s.
China’s rural economy has made enormous progress over the last twenty-five years. But rural finance and institutional reforms are still lagging behind, thus creating the risk of slowing down further rural development.
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Information reported by Members of the OECD's Working Party on Export Credits and Credit Guarantees on measures taken to combat bribery in officially supported export credits as of 14 May 2004.
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6 May 2004: Reply from the Chairman of the Working Party on Export Credits and Credit Guarantees (ECG) and the Participants to the Arrangement on the Bribery allegations on the Bribery allegations for Bonny Island LNG Plant in Nigeria.
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The OECD Working Party on Export Credits and Credit Guarantees (ECG) met in the afternoon of 20 and morning of 21 April 2004. The main issues for discussion were officially supported export credits in the context of the environment, the fight against corruption and Heavily Indebted Poor Countries.
The OECD Trade Directorate organised a meeting on “Developing Governmental Analytical Capacities in the Trade Policy Area” in Moscow on 3 June 2003. The meeting was part of the Russia programme of the OECD Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members (CCNM) and was co-sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT). It benefited from a voluntarycontribution from the Government of Korea. Participants included
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Latest country risk classification valid as of 30 April 2004.
Building on a recent groundbreaking OECD/IOM/World Bank seminar, the publication on Trade and Migration examines the opportunities and challenges in the current debate as they relate to mode 4 and the current WTO services negotiations.
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Global review of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing issues: What's the problem?
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On the 24 March 2004 : the Chair of the Working Party of Export Credits and Credit Guarantees (ECG) and the Participants of the Arrangement replied to the NGO regarding both the Common Approaches and the Arrangement revisoin process.