Speeches


  • 19-April-2016

    English

    Visit of HE Thabo Mbeki and the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa - introductory remarks

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome His Excellency Thabo Mbeki back to the OECD, along with colleagues from the High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. As you know, this is Integrity Week at the OECD and we are still amidst the aftershock of the Unaoil scandal and the Panama Papers. Your visit, Mr. President, could not be more timely.

  • 19-April-2016

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    2016 OECD Integrity Forum opening remarks

    Integrity is not just a moral issue; it’s also about making our economies more productive, our public sectors more efficient, our societies and our economies more inclusive. It’s about restoring trust, not just trust in government, but trust in public institutions, regulators, banks, and corporations.

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  • 16-April-2016

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    World Bank/IMF April 2016 meetings: Written statement to the Development Committee

    With the right approach and policies, all countries ─ origin, transit and host ─ can harness the benefits of migration and open up new opportunities for economic and social growth at national, regional and international levels. The OECD remains fully committed to advancing an ambitious, comprehensive and coordinated global agenda to help navigate the current refugee crisis and better harness the strengths and skills of migrants.

  • 16-April-2016

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    World Bank/IMF April 2016 meetings: Written statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee

    A pick-up in global growth remains elusive. Disappointing data for the fourth quarter of 2015 has prompted further downward revisions to growth forecasts in most major economies. Global GDP growth is projected to remain at 3% in 2016 – the slowest pace in five years and well below long-run averages – with a slight improvement to 3.3% projected for 2017.

  • 15-April-2016

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    Competition policy in developing countries: Helping markets perform better

    I am delighted to co-host this event on competition as a tool for helping markets to perform better. Today, I will share with you some of the highlights from the OECD’s joint work with the World Bank to promote effective competition policies in pursuit of stronger, more inclusive, economic growth.

  • 15-April-2016

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    Remarks at Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition High-Level Assembly

    The OECD has stood with you on the front lines of the global fight against climate change for decades. Indeed, you may recall that the "polluter pays" principle was spearheaded by the OECD back in 1972.

  • 14-April-2016

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    April 2016 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Remarks on global economy and growth framework

    Despite some welcome rebound in financial markets, global growth prospects remain weak. The main challenges facing G20 policymakers of low growth, sluggish trade, sub-par investment, weak productivity gains, high unemployment and growing inequality – not to mention a number of remaining downside risks – are unresolved.

  • 14-April-2016

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    April 2016 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Remarks on international financial architecture

    It is crucial that G20 countries collectively strive to resist financial protectionism and to keep financial markets open. Worryingly, OECD data suggest a sustained rise in capital flows measures since 2008, across emerging markets as well as some advanced economies.

  • 14-April-2016

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    Launch of Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2016: An OECD Scoreboard

    SMEs typically account for more than half of business sector activity and around two-thirds of employment. Young SMEs, in particular, contribute disproportionately to creating jobs. Yet business dynamics have been slowing in most of our economies, limiting SMEs’ contributions to investment, growth, jobs and social inclusion, at a moment when they are sorely needed.

  • 13-April-2016

    English

    Migration flows: Facts, fiction and the politics in between

    Refugees can and should be part of the solution to many of the challenges our societies confront. Our analysis confirms the sizeable economic and social benefits that well‑managed migration can bring to OECD countries. Realising these benefits will depend largely on the design and implementation of integration measures.

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