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With the global economic crisis, governments are now focused on restoring national economic and employment growth and financial stability which also poses risks for freedom of investment.
In his speech delivered at the 2009 BIAC Business Roundtable, Mr. Gurría underlined that the OECD was working hard to help countries design better and more reliable policies to underpin the credibility of a stronger and more accountable global economy. But he warned that a new economic system can only work if it’s based on a more responsible business culture that can reconcile profit-making with reducing inequalities, fostering
With world trade volumes likely to shrink by as much as 13 percent in 2009 from 2008 levels, the OECD is urging governments to avoid protectionist measures and keep markets open in order to allow economies to benefit from the recovery when it comes.
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A second update on developments in the field of regional tradeagreements and environment covering the period late 2007 to December 2008. It complements the 2007 publication “Environment and Regional Trade Agreements”, and the first update presented to the JWPTE in December 2007
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This paper provides an in-depth examination of the trade effects of three regional trade agreements (RTAs) in the agricultural sector: the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR).
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The OECD Services Expert meeting dedicated to the ongoing process of the development of a Service Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) took place at the OECD headquarters on June 24, 2008.
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It is in every country's interest that the deployment of carbon-change-mitigation technologies (CCMTs) be accomplished at the lowest possible cost to society and that their diffusion be rapid.
OECD Insights is a new series of reader-friendly books that uses OECD analysis and data to introduce some of today’s most pressing social and economic issues.
The combined effect of the global credit crunch, falling international trade and investment flows, lower remittances and the effect of budgetary pressures in donor countries’ aid plans, are reversing the progress we had made in combating global poverty and are pushing more people into hunger, according to the OECD Secretary-General. Important emergency measures need to be taken to ensure that more people have access to food
This book argues that prosperity has rarely, if ever, been achieved or sustained without trade. Trade alone, however, is not enough. Policies targeting employment, education, health and other issues are needed to promote well-being and tackle the challenges of a globalised economy.