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U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to separate core commercial banking from some higher-risk activities in financial conglomerates and to place a moratorium on further consolidation could help to avoid a new financial crisis by resolving some major risks inherent to the current financial system.
In this statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of George C. Marshall’s death, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría explains that George Marshall’s vision still inspires the organisation’s work today.
What caused the global financial crisis, and what direction should the policy reform agenda take? Why did residential mortgage-backed securities and credit default swaps explode from around 2004? Adrian Blundell-Wignall discusses the origins of the financial crisis and requirements for reform at the New America Foundation on 13 October 2009, as part of the OECD Breakfast Series.
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The United States spent 16% of its national income (GDP) on health in 2007, which is by far, the highest share in the OECD. This presentation was given by Mark Pearson, Head of OECD Health Division, to the U.S Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Angel Gurría reported to G20 on progress towards greater transparency and international cooperation in tax matters. Read the latest Progress Report listing where jurisdictions stand in implementing the international tax standard.
Secretary-General Gurría called for the need to agree on common international targets in areas such as innovation and green growth predicting "they could become the overarching umbrella for the G20 Framework’s structural agenda".Gurria's remarks to G20 leaders reflected the fact that the focus on structural policies will constitute the principal element of the OECD's contribution to future work on the G20 Framework Strong, Sustainable
In his remarks to the informal ministerial meeting on climate change, Mr. Gurría underlined that the difficult part is working out what exactly is a “fair share” of GHG mitigation in order to reach a successful agreement in Copenhagen.
The Territorial Development Policy Committee met to discuss how regional policies can address global challenges. Mark Drabenstott, Director of the RUPRI Center for Regional Competitiveness, University of Missouri, US, and TDPC Chair, tells the regional policy story.
As the financial crisis deepens and spreads, a decisive policy action is needed to restore confidence and restart the flow of credit, according to Mr.Gurría.
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Speech by Mr. Jeffrey Owens, Head of the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration to the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. This conference was held in San Francisco on 31 March 2005.