On the Occasion of the 65th Commemoration of the Marshall Plan

 

The OECD is proud to join the US, Canada and others in commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, named for the former US Secretary of State George C. Marshall, who envisioned the ideas and structure for the effective rebuilding of Europe after the Second World War.

Out of this vision emerged the OECD, originally a 20-member organization including Canada, and now, a robust 34-member global organization which reaches key partners around the world through its work in governance, trade, pro-market practices, and economic and social principles which contribute to better policies for better lives. The OECD membership grows as it attracts and encourages new countries to commit to setting the bar higher with best practices regarding anti-corruption, competition and economic growth. The OECD’s newest members include both Chile and Israel. Now the OECD is engaged in dynamic work at the behest of the G-8 and G-20 to enable emerging democracies to find the right tools and guidance to meet their aspirational goals for economic growth and good governance.

President Ronald Reagan called the OECD a “pillar of the free world’s economy” and official State Department comments at a recent symposium state that “businesses prosper if their countries are OECD members.” Sixty-five years after the original concept of the Marshall Plan, the OECD is an even stronger, robust, and more global institution and a touchstone for governments around the world to measure their economic, technological and social progress and learn from the policy experience of their peer countries.

The OECD looks forward to meeting the diverse challenges of the 21st century, as a key strategic multilateral partner for the United States, its other 33 member states, and its partners around the world.