Speeches


  • 9-November-2015

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    Launch of the OECD Economic Outlook, November 2015

    Global growth prospects have dimmed again. Since the crisis, we have become used to a familiar pattern: spring-time optimism followed by downgrades in growth forecasts as the year progresses. 2015 is no different.

  • 9-November-2015

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    New World Forum 2015 Keynote Address

    When we met a year ago, I underscored that the global economy was still struggling to find a path to a confident recovery and stronger growth, six years after the onset of the crisis. Unfortunately, one year later the picture is not any better, and we are growing accustomed to talking about “secular stagnation” as the “new normal”. What can we do to reverse this?

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  • 5-November-2015

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    OECD-FIESP Seminar: Building a Positive Agenda for Brazil

    Brazil finds itself at a turning point, and that is why the theme of today’s seminar is so important. During the early part of the 21st century, Brazil has become a leading economic power. Bucking the trends in most OECD countries, inequality has been coming down.

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  • 4-November-2015

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    Launch of the OECD Environmental Performance Review of Brazil

    As the world’s most biodiverse country, Brazil is blessed with both the responsibility to protect - and the opportunity to benefit socially and economically from - its abundant natural capital. Moreover, Brazil has long played a leading role in the global dialogue on sustainable development, from the Rio Summit in 1992 to Rio+20 two decades later.

  • 4-November-2015

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    Launch of the 2015 Economic Survey of Brazil

    25 million people have been lifted out of poverty in only a decade. Bucking the trends in most OECD countries, inequality has been coming down, albeit from high levels, as the incomes of the poorest 10% have increased at three times the rate of the richest 10% since 2003.

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  • 3-November-2015

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    Launch of Brazil-OECD Programme of Work 2016-2017

    At a critical juncture in Brazil’s social, economic and political development, this programme opens an important new chapter in our bilateral relationship, laying out the blueprint for our enhanced cooperation going forward.

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  • 3-November-2015

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    International Seminar on Governance and Development: Good Practices and the Role of External Control - Opening remarks

    We are here today because we share a common cause: better governance for better lives. And, today, we have an excellent opportunity to reflect on the vital role of supreme audit institutions – or SAIs – in achieving this goal.

  • 3-November-2015

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    OECD-CADE Seminar on Public Procurement and Collusion: Opening remarks

    Today I want to talk about the particular importance of competition in public procurement. In most countries, this is one of the largest government spending activities, accounting for 4.3 trillion euros in OECD countries alone in 2013. In Brazil, public procurement represents just over a quarter of total government expenditure.

  • 30-October-2015

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    Visit of H.E. Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay: Welcome remarks

    Uruguay becomes the Development Centre’s 51st member and our 10th from Latin America and the Caribbean. There is much to learn from Uruguay’s experience. Over the last few decades, Uruguay has skilfully navigated its way through economic and political turbulence, demonstrating its resilience and resolve. And its achievements are impressive.

  • 29-October-2015

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    Opening of the 2015 Global Forum on Competition

    I am delighted to open this Global Forum on Competition, which every year brings together competition authorities from all over the world. In today’s world of persistent low growth, high unemployment, rising inequality, and eroding trust, this meeting serves as an opportunity to explore how competition policy can enhance productivity, promote job creation and stimulate much-needed inclusive growth.

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