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The OECD was born transatlantic since its very origins as the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation in 1948, established in the immediate post-war period to manage and distribute Marshall Plan aid to reconstruct Europe. The centre of gravity of the world economy is now shifting and will continue to do so but this does not mean that the Transatlantic Partnership has a lesser role to play on the global stage, said Angel Gurría.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said that while OECD countries breathed a sigh of relief following the U.S. Congress’ steps to lift the debt ceiling and to end the partial federal government shutdown a longer term solution will need to be found.
Growth rates in the major advanced economies picked up in the first half of 2013 and should be maintained through the second half of the year. Activity is expanding at an encouraging pace in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom, while the euro area as a whole is no longer in recession.
There is no simple remedy for fixing the post-crisis global economy. But three key ingredients for sustainable long-term growth are jobs, equality and trust, said OECD Secretary-General in Washington.
The current political deadlock in the United States is needlessly putting at risk the stability and growth not only of the US but also the world economy. This comes at a time when a fragile recovery in advanced economies was underway, and when a number of emerging economies were already facing new risks.
We are witnessing an increasingly worrying disconnect between buoyant financial markets on the one hand and a stubbornly weak real economy leading to uncertain prospects for companies, and enduring economic hardship for people, said OECD Secretary-General.
An OECD assessment jointly with the World Bank shows that nearly one in five commitments has been fully implemented. Progress is most advanced for tax and labour market reforms. Implementation is going more slowly for product market reforms, financial regulation and to improve human capital, reported OECD Secretary-General in Washington.
Due to recent events, tax evasion has received unprecedented attention by media worldwide, and citizens are voicing their concerns and expectations for governments to act. This is an essential issue which the G20 must tackle, now more than ever, said OECD Secretary-General in Washington.
In a letter to President Obama, Secretary-General Angel Gurría acknowledged that Americans demonstrated their recognition of the President's many achievements during his first four years in the White House.
Speaking at the French-American Foundation, Angel Gurría was invited to report on the main outcomes of the OECD Week (Forum and Ministerial Council). He also presented OECD perspectives on the current global economic outlook, in particular for the United States (US) and France.