Speeches


  • 8-October-2016

    English

    2016 IMF and World Bank Fall Meetings: Written Statement to IMFC

    The world economy remains in a self-fulfilling low-growth trap. Persistent growth disappointments are weighing on current expectations of future growth and feeding into weak trade, investment, productivity, and wages. Breaking out of this trap is essential if strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth is to be achieved.

  • 7-October-2016

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    Global Cyclical and Structural Risks - Remarks at Bretton Woods Committee International Council Meeting

    It is a pleasure to be in Washington to address the Bretton Woods Committee on an issue that concerns us all ─ global cyclical and structural risks. We are approaching a decade since the onset of the crisis and the global economy is still struggling to recover its cruising speed. There are several risks on the OECD’s radar. Let me briefly highlight those that we consider particularly dangerous.

  • 7-October-2016

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    OECD Secretary-General congratulates Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on being awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

    I have transmitted to President Santos my most sincere congratulations for his receiving the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. We at the OECD welcome this news, which is much-deserved recognition of the efforts of the President, of his government and the Colombian people to make peace a reality.

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  • 7-October-2016

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    The Integration of Migrants and Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities

    Many in host countries are quick to view migrants and refugees as a threat, fearing the burden they may impose on taxpayers, local values and cultures. In this atmosphere, it can be difficult to set out the facts and the evidence needed to inform a balanced public debate.

  • 7-October-2016

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    October 2016 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: remarks on taxation

    For several years now, the OECD has worked closely with you to support the powerful agenda you have set to drive progress in tackling tax evasion and avoidance. While we have made a significant leap forward, setting high international standards and developing state-of-the-art tools to ensure the benefits of transparency can be accessed across the globe, we know that the challenges continue to evolve.

  • 7-October-2016

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    October 2016 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting: Remarks on the global economic outlook

    We remain stuck in the “low-growth” trap that I mentioned in our previous meetings. We are trapped in a vicious circle of weak global demand and adverse supply-side and structural developments – in such areas as investment, trade and productivity – that are undermining the ability of our economies to grow over the long term.

  • 6-October-2016

    English

    Contributions and challenges of the G20: A view from the OECD

    As part of American University’s Model G20 Initiative, Secretary-General Gurría addressed students on the G20's contributions to the global economy and shared his views on the challenges it faces. The Model G20 Initiative has been designed to bring together students from the US and abroad to advance the understanding of the G20 and international economic cooperation by fully simulating a G20 Leaders’ Summit.

  • 5-October-2016

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    Generating an innovation dividend from public spending

    Public procurement is one of the nerve centres of our economies: it represents, on average, 12% of gross domestic product (GDP) and 29% of total government expenditures across OECD countries. Used strategically, it can help make our economies more productive, our public sectors more efficient, and our societies and economies more inclusive, our institutions more trusted.

  • 3-October-2016

    English

    Acting Together to Boost Investment in the MENA: Launch of the EU-OECD Programme on Investment

    Global investment flows are picking up, standing at about 16% below their pre-crisis level. However, FDI flows to the MENA region continue to lag. Regional instability and insecurity has contributed to a fall of more than 50% between 2008 and 2015!

  • 29-September-2016

    English

    Africa Forum 2016: African Cities for African Development - opening remarks

    In the next five years, it is estimated that the world’s population will increase by more than 400 million. 90% of this increase is projected to occur in urban areas and Africa is a crucial part of this unprecedented story. The continent will become more urban than rural in the next 15 years.

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