Paris, 01 April 2009
The More about the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme and governments from the South Caucasus and Ukraine (SCU) launched a regional initiative to increase competitiveness and attract investment. The launch took place at a Ministerial meeting at the OECD Paris headquarters on 1 April 2009.
From left to right: Representing SCU co-chair Poland, Pawel Wojciechowski, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister, and Jan Woroniecki, Polish Ambassador to the OECD. Representing the Czech Republic as holder of the current EU Presidency, Milan Hovorka, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Not pictured: Representatives from SCU co-chair Sweden.
This initiative has the following objectives:
increase investment, competitiveness and private sector development by helping countries design and implement policies to improve the business climate and encourage regional cooperation where necessary
share OECD good practice and experience
support countries in discussing and sharing their own good practice and reform experiences
assist governments in developing policies to support local business and attract more foreign investment
OECD tools will help to identify and remove barriers in such important policy areas as investment climate policy and promotion, business finance and human capital formation.
Opening Remarks by Angel Gurría